Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah named twenty-two foreign-based stars for the 2019 AFCON qualifying double-header against Sierra Leone’s Leone Stars.
The soft-spoken tactician’s squad has received mixed reaction from Ghanaian fans with a section questioning the inclusion of players like captain Asamoah Gyan.
Appiah, a former Ghana captain, has declared he is on rebuilding mission and has often shuffled his cards by inviting new players to compete for places in his squad.
Striker Raphael Dwamena of Levante is one of the players who were axed for their shambolic display in the 1-0 disgrace against Kenya.
One key factor that certainly influences the selection of the technical team is club activity of players.
Ghana Sports Online analyses the how the twenty-two players fared with Asante Kotoko goalkeeper excluded.
GOALKEEPERS: Richard Ofori kept a clean sheet for Maritzburg United when they drew 0-0 with Cape Town City FC in the South African PSL. The confident guardian organised his backline successfully and made crucial saves in the game to help his side to keep a clean sheet.
Lawrence Ati-Zigi: The former Red Bull Salzburg glovesman continued to play second fiddle at the Ligue 2 side as he was named on the bench in their clash with John Boye’s Metz on Monday night.
DEFENDERS: In the Major League Soccer, Montreal Impact posted a 3-0 win over Columbus Crew. Both Harrison Afful and Jonathan Mensah played for Crew. Lumor Agbenyenu missed out of Sporting Lisbon’s side in their 4-2 loss to Portimonse. Daniel Amartey played for Leicester City when they suffered a 2-1 home loss against Everton. Elsewhere in the Championship, Black Stars lateral defender Andy Kyere Yiadom was in action for 90 minutes Reading when West Bromwich Albion defeated them 4-1. Defender Nicholas Opoku warmed the bench for Udinese as the Little Zebras as Juventus beat them 2-0.
MIDFIELDERS: Isaac Sackey missed Alanyaspor’s 1-0 loss at Erzurum BB with suspension. Wakaso Mubarak flourished in midfield for Alaves when they booked a famous 1-0 win over Real Madrid. Kwadwo Asamoah flourished for Inter Milan as they managed a 2-1 win over Spal. Christian Atsu came off the Newcastle United bench to play the last 12 minutes in their 3-2 loss against Manchester United at the Old Trafford. Winger Thomas Agyepong was injured and missed Hibernian’s 6-0 battering of Hamilton. Waasland-Beveren needed a 79th minute leveller to draw 1-1 with KV Oostende. Ghana winger Nana Opoku Ampomah was in action for 90 minutes for the home side. Thomas Partey came off the bench to set up the only goal of the game for Atletico Madrid in their 1-0 win over Real Betis.
STRIKERS: Asamoah Gyan replaced Bernard Mensah in the 80th minute when they shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw with Rizespor. Majeed Waris was replaced after 30 minutes by Nantes in their 3-0 loss to Bordeaux. Emmanuel Boateng started ahead of Real Madrid striker Borja Mayoral at Levante as he played 84 minutes before he was replaced by the latter in Levante’s 1-0 away win over Getafe. Richmond Boakye came off the bench to play for Red Star Belgrade in 2-1 win over Zemun.
By El Akyereko
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