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David Accam to join Black Stars for friendlies against Mexico and USA


The technical team of Ghana’s senior national team, the Black Stars, headed by coach Kwesi Appiah has handed a late call up to Chicago Fire’s David Accam.

The in-form winger was overlooked in Kwesi Appiah’s first major call up in his second stint as Black Stars head coach but was later penciled down among the players expected to take on the El Tri of Mexico and the USMNT on June 28 and July 1 respectively.

Columbus Crew midfielder Mohammed Abu who was initially invited for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Ethiopia this weekend in Kumasi has been excused and will rather join the team for the two friendlies in the United States.

However, Abu’s teammates in the Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit, Harrison Afful and Jonathan Mensah, are on their way to join the rest of their colleagues for the AFCON qualifier and will return to the MLS before the two friendlies.

Coach Kwesi Appiah excluded three players from his initial squad ahead of the trip to Kumasi for Sunday's qualifier against the Ethiopians.

The Black Stars have spent the past four days in non-residential training in Accra and were expected to travel to Kumasi on Monday to continue with preparations for the game.

According to the official website of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Denmark-based goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey is out of the squad due to a family emergency in Norway while midfielder Godsway Donyoh has also been left out as he is yet to recover from a recent injury.

The revised squad, with excerption of MLS players, David Accam and Mohammed Abu, were expected to regroup in Kumasi on Monday for the AFCON qualifier. They include seven foreign-based players who could not join the non-residential training in Accra as well as the home-based players who were released to join their various clubs for the weekend’s league matches.

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

Black Stars revised squad against Ethiopia:

Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori (Wa Allstars), Felix Annan (Kotoko), Joseph Addo (Aduana Stars)

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, Ghana)

Midfielders: Afriyie Acquah (Torino, Italy), Isaac Sackey (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Ebenezer Ofori (Stuttgart, Germany), Winful Cobbinah (Hearts of Oak), Yaw Yeboah (FC Twente, Holland), Andre Ayew (West Ham, England), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium), Thomas Agyepong (NAC Breda, Holland), Kingsley Sarfo, (Sirius, Sweden)

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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