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Columbus Crew trio earn Black Stars call ups, Chicago Fire’s David Accam overlooked


Three players in the Major League Soccer (MLS) have made the cut for Black Stars’ squad for the upcoming Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia as well as the international friendlies against Mexico and USA respectively.

Columbus Crew SC’s trio of Harrison Afful, Jonathan Mensah and Abu Mohammed were handed call ups while in-form Chicago Fire winger David Accam was overlooked in Kwesi Appiah’s first major call up since he returned as head coach of the Black Stars.

Other notable regular players like Christian Atsu, Mubarak Wakaso, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu and Razak Brimah were all omitted from the squad while seven Ghanaian-based players were included in the 30-man squad.

The new Black Stars coach and his backroom staff have made their intention to cast their net wide and this may just be the beginning.

Wa All Stars goalie Richard Ofori, Kotoko’s Felix Annan and Aduana Stars’ Joseph Addo have all been named in the squad as well as Hearts of Oak midfielder Winful Cobinnah and Aduana Stars’ defender Daniel Darkwah.

Liberty Professionals skipper Samuel Sarfo has also been handed a call up with Nicholas Opoku also named in the squad as coach Kwesi Appiah expects to use these matches to grant opportunities to new players to showcase their talents.

Also in the 30-man squad are new faces Lumor Agbenyenu of Munich 1860, Isaac Sackey of Turkish side Alanyaspor, Kingsley Sarfo who plays for Sirius in Sweden and Thomas Agyepong from Dutch side NAC Breda.

Defenders Rashid Sumaila and Jerry Akaminko have all returned to the side with Adam Kwarasey and Majeed Waris also named in the squad for the June and July games.

The AFCON qualifier has been scheduled for Sunday June 11 at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

The team will travel two weeks later to the United States of America where the Black Stars will face Mexico in Houston, Texas on June 28 and USA in Connecticut on July 1.

The team is expected to assemble in Accra on Monday May 29 to begin preparations.

Below is the 30-man squad:

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

Defenders: 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 Professionals, Ghana)

Midfielders: 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, Ghana), Yaw Yeboah (FC Twente, Holland), Godsway Donyoh (Nordjaelland, Denmark), Andre Ayew (West Ham, England), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium), Thomas Agyepong (NAC Breda, Holland)

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