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Black Stars coach invites three American-based players for World Cup qualifiers


Head Coach of the Black Stars Kwesi Appiah has named a 24-man squad for Ghana’s upcoming World Cup double legged qualifying games against Congo.

Among the squad are three American-based players – defenders Harrison Afful and Jonathan Mensah of Major League Soccer (MLS) side Columbus Crew SC as well as midfielder Kwadwo Poku who plays for The Miami FC in the North American soccer League (NASL).

The senior national team will host the Red Devils at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on September 1 before travelling to Brazzaville for the return encounter on September 5.

The second stint of Kwesi Appiah as the coach of the Stars is proven to be unpredictable as far as player selection is concerned. Apart from captain Asamoah Gyan and the Ayew brothers who were highly expected to make the squad for next month's matches, there were many other surprised elements in coach Appiah’s 24-man squad.

The Black Stars coach handed a debut call ups to Edwin Gyasi of Norwegian side Aalesund and Gideon Waja of WAFA.

Former Ghana U-20 goalkeeper Lawrence Ati and Turkey-based duo Joseph Attamah Larweh and Isaac Sackey were also named in the squad.

The invited players are expected in Accra from Monday August 28 to commence preparations for the two matches against their Congolese counterparts.

Black Stars full squad against Congo:

GOALKEEPERS: Richard Ofori (Martizburg, South Africa), Lawrence Ati (Sochaux, France), Joseph Addo (Aduana FC, Ghana)

DEFENDERS: Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA) Agbenyenu Lumor (Portimonese, Portugal) Jeffery Schlupp (Crystal Palace, England) John Boye (Sivasspor,Turkey), Daniel Amartey (Leicester, England) Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew, USA) Nicholas Opoku (Club Africaine, Tunisia), Joseph Attamah (Bakaksehir, Turkey)

MIDFIELDERS: Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Andre Ayew (West Ham Utd, England), Kwadwo Poku (Miami FC, USA), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Edwin Gyasi (Aalesund FC, Norway), Gideon Waja (WAFA, Ghana), Alfred Duncan (Sassuolo FC, Italy), Isaac Sackey (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Ebenezer Ofori (Stuttgart, Germany), Thomas Agyepong (NAC Breda, Holland)

FORWARDS: Asamoah Gyan (Kayerispor, Turkey), Jordan Ayew (Swansea, UK), Raphael Dwamena (FC Zurich, Switzerland)
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