Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah has axed English Premier League brothers Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew from his squad to play Uganda in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers next month, Ghana Sports Online can exclusively confirm.
The former Ghana international has however handed a return to former Real Madrid Castilla star Daniel Opare who has rediscovered his form at German side Augsburg after completing the last four games for the Bundesliga outfit who have kept their unbeaten run.
Opare is one of the players who have not featured for the West African giants since the 2014 FIFA World Cup but his form has earned him a return to the side.
Accra Hearts of Oak center-back Vincent Atinga who excelled for Ghana’s Black Stars B in a triumphant campaign in the 2017 WAFU tournament has been handed his debut call-up along with MVP of the tournament Isaac Twum.
Twum, a former Ghana U17 player, dazzled in midfield for Maxwell Konadu’s side who have earned a lot of praise from Ghanaian fans after massacring Nigeria 4-1 in the grand finale on Sunday.
Among the debutantes in the squad include defender Adams Kasim Nuhu who plays in Switzerland for Young Boys Bern. The ex-Real Mallorca defender has hit top form for the Super League side in both domestic competitions and the UEFA Europa League. The 22-year-old is one of the players who have come into the squad following John Boye’s absence.
FC Astana’s Patrick Twumasi and Kingsley Sarfo of Swedish giants Malmo FF are among the players who have been handed call-ups. Egypt-based John Antwi will fight for a place in the Ghana attack along with FC Zurich’s Raphael Dwamena.
Wing-half Frank Acheampong is plies his trade in the Chinese Super League on loan at Tianjin Teda from Belgian giants Anderlecht has also returned from exile. Acheampong scored a brace for Teda over the over weekend as they claimed a 4-1 win away.
Below is the full list of invited players by the Ghana head coach and his assistant Ibrahim Tanko.
GOALKEEPERS: Richard Ofori (Martizburg,South Africa), Lawrence Ati (Sochaux, France), Addo Joseph (Aduana Stars)
DEFENDERS: Harrison Afful (Columbus,USA), Daniel Opare (Augsburg, Germany) Agbenyenu Lumor (Portimonese, Portugal), Abass Mohammed (Harrisburg City, USA), Adams Kassim Nuhu (Young Boys, Switzerland), Daniel Amartey (Leicester,England), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew,USA), Nicholas Opoku (Club Africain, Tunisia), Vincent Atingah (Hearts of Oak)
MIDFIELDERS: Thomas Thomas Teye Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Joseph Attamah (Bakaksehir, Turkey), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Kingsley Sarfo (Malmo, Sweden) Alfred Duncan (Sassuolo FC, Italy), Ofori Ebenezer (Stuttgart, Germany), Thomas Agyepong (NAC Breda, Holland), Frank Acheampong (Tianjin TEDA, China), Isaac Twum (Inter Allies).
FORWARDS: Asamoah Gyan (Kayerispor, Turkey), Raphael Dwamena (FC Zurich, Switzerland), John Antwi (Misr Lel-Makkasa, Egypt), Richmond Boakye Yiadom (Crvena Zvezda, Serbia), Patrick Twumasi (Astana FC, Kazakhtan).