Black Stars Head Coach Kwesi Appiah has called up twenty-three players for the final Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier with Egypt next month.
The Ghanaian’s 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.
So the coach seizes the opportunity to give some trainees a chance to prove themselves. Meant are the newcomers Nana Ampomah, Waasland-Beveren (Belgium), and Nasiru Mohammed, BK Häcken (Sweden), who trained with the senior national for the first time.
Meanwhile Atletico Madrid midfielder, Thomas Partey, who captained the Black Stars in the last games, is suspended for the final qualifier with Egyp due to accumulated yellow cards.
Headed by the from injuries returning skipper Asamoah Gyan the Black stars will do everything in their power to beat the Group Winners from Egypt, also if the game is about nothing anymore.
Bologna midfielder Godfred Donsah, who earned another call-up after consistent displays in the Italian Serie A, describes it like that:
”It is an important match as well even though we can’t qualify, it’s an important arena for us to showcase ourselves so I think it’s a very good opportunity for me to do what I know best.
The former Ghana U20 star will be especially motivated to fulfill the mission of winning once again, because it will be his first appearance in the team. The 21-year-old was called up twice during Avram Grant’s reign but injury prevented him from joining the squad back then.
Black Stars start training ahead of Egypt clash
On Tuesday afternoon the Black Stars held their first training session at the Cape Coast Stadium ahead of Sunday’s last African qualifier.
The only players absent were defender Harrison Afful and striker Patrick Twumasi, who recently lifted the Kazakh Premier League for the fourth successive time with giants Astana.
After the session, Gyan called on Ghanaian’s to rally behind the team in their final qualifying game.
“I expect Cape Coast fans to come in their numbers and support the Black Stars. This is the first time we playing in-front of the Cape Coast because most the players have not played here before likewise many fans not being able to see lots of these stars,”
“So it’s going to be a 50-50 thing, so am pleading for everyone to support and I also entreat the journalist to promote the game to improve the numbers at the stadium.”
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 (Lorent, France), Boakye Yiadom (Crvena Zvezda, Serbia).