Tamale based duo of Mubarak Wakaso and Abdul Majeed Waris have been given their first call ups to the Black stars in Kwesi Appiah’s second stint in charge of the team. The two were included in the names of players called by the coach for the last World Cup qualifier against Egypt at the Cape Coast Stadium on November, 12.
Even though Kwesi Appiah was the coach who gave both of these players their national team appearance, they have been conspicuously left out of the team since he returned as coach of the side. They have does missed about five games so far, but the latest inclusion will come as welcome news to many who have longed to see them in the team.
A statement on the Ghana Football Association website on Tuesday broke the news about the list of players as follows:
“Black Stars Head Coach Kwesi Appiah has called up twenty-three players for the final Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier with Egypt this month.”
“The Black Stars will face the Pharaohs in Cape Coast on November 12, 2017, in a match which Kwesi Appiah is expected to use to further assess the development of the team, as Egypt have already secured the sole ticket to Russia from the group.”
“Skipper Asamoah Gyan returns to the side after missing the team’s last two matches through injury.”
“Meanwhile Atletico Madrid midfielder, Thomas Partey, who captained the Black Stars in the absence of Asamoah Gyan, is suspended for the final qualifier with Egypt due to accumulated yellow cards.”
Below is the full squad:
GOALKEEPERS : Richard Ofori (Maritzburg, South Africa), Joseph Addo (Aduana Stars, Ghana), Lawrence Ati (Sochaux, France).
DEFENDERS: Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA), Daniel Opare (Augsburg, Germany), Lumor Agbenyenu (Portimonse, Portugal), Abas Mohammed (Harrisburg City, USA), Nicholas Opoku (Club Africain, Tunisia), Kasim Nuhu (Young Boys, Switzerland), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City, England)
MIDFIELDERS: Joseph Attamah (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey), Mubarak Wakaso (Alaves, Spain), Ebenezer Ofori (Stuttgart, Germany), Godfred Donsah (Bologna, Italy), Nasiru Mohammed (BK Hacken, Sweden), Patrick Twumasi (Astana FC, Kazakhstan), Nana Ampomah (Waasland-Beveren, Belgium), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Edwin Gyasi (Aalesund, Norway).
FORWARDS: Raphael Dwamena (FC Zurich, Switzerland), Asamoah Gyan (Kayerispor, Turkey), Majeed Waris (Lorient, France), Boakye Yiadom (Crvena Zvezda, Serbia).