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[/media-credit] Ghana’s Christian Atsu trains with teammates in Gabon. He has been left out of team to face Ethiopia Credit: © Kawowo Sports / AMINAH BABIRYE

Returning Ghana Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah has left out winger Christian Atsu and goalkeeper Razak Brimah out of his 30-man squad for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations Cup qualifier against Ethiopia.

The Black Stars open their 2019 AFCON qualifiers campaign against the CECAFA nation but Appiah, without any explanation left out the experienced duo.

They are joined by midfield gems Mubarak Wakaso and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu who are also left out.

No official explanation has been given for the decision to drop Atsu, Wakaso, Badu and Brimah but Appiah has made it clear that he will cast his net far and wide in search of new talent to take Ghana forward.

Wakaso, Brimah and Atsu were among Ghana’s best performers at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Gabon whilst Badu was sparingly used.

Striker Abdul-Majeed Waris returns to the side after being overlooked for Gabon and Appiah has kept team captain Asamoah Gyan plus Jordan and Adre Ayew in the squad.

Ghana will host the Ethiopian national team on June 11 in Kumasi and later travel to the United States for friendlies against Mexico and US.


Richard Ofori (Wa Allstars); Adam Kwarasey (Brondby, Denmark); Felix Annan (Kotoko); Joseph Addo (Aduana Stars)


Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA); Daniel Amartey (Leicester City, England); Lumor Agbenyenu (Munich 1860, Germany); Daniel Darkwah (Aduana Stars, Ghana); John Boye (Sivasspor, Turkey); Rashid Sumalia (Al Gharafa, Qatar); Nicholas Opoku (B.Chelsea, Ghana); Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew, USA); Jerry Akaminko (Eskiserhispor, Turkey); Samuel Sarfo (Liberty, Ghana)


Mohammed Abu (Columbus Crew, USA); Afriyie Acquah (Torino, Italy); Isaac Sackey (Alanyaspor, Turkey); Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain); Ebenezer Ofori (Stuttgart, Germany); Kingsley Sarfo (Sirius, Sweden); Winful Cobbinah (Hearts of Oak); Yaw Yeboah (FC Twente, Holland); Godsway Donyoh (Nordjaelland, Denmark); Andre Ayew (West Ham, England); Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium); Thomas Agyepong (NAC Breda, Holland)


Asamoah Gyan (Al Alhi, UAE); Jordan Ayew (Swansea City, England); Majeed Waris (Lorient FC, France); Raphael Dwamena (FC Zurich, Switzerland)

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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