Black Stars coach CK Akonnor makes first major call ups

Head coach of Ghana’s senior national team, the Black Stars, has named a 23-man squad for the upcoming friendly against their Malian counterparts.

This is coach CK Akonnor’s first major call up for his first major assignment as the substantive coach of the Black Stars.

The coach who was appointed by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) in February has not had the chance to lead his charges in action due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He is hopeful that the October 9 friendly against their fellow West African side in Antalya, Turkey will not only serve as preparations for the upcoming AFCON qualifier against Sudan, but will also afford him the opportunity to bond with his players.

“I have been able to engage the players and what I have done is to communicate positively with them on the way forward, what ought to be done, what cannot be accepted in the team and all that. “ I am looking forward to a very good response, a team that is disciplined. Apart from the fact that when we go on the field to play, behavior outside the field of play is also key for us”, he added.

The coach overlooked many old faces and handed debut call ups to France based Alexander Djiku who plays for Strasbourg, Yakubu Mohammed of Azam FC in Tanzania, Benson Anang of MSK Zilina in Slovakia, Emmanuel Lomotey of Amiens in France and youngster Kamal Deen who plays for Danish side Nordsjaelland as well as a much anticipated call up for Pyramid FC’s John Antwi.

Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori (Maritzburg), Richard Ati Zigi (St. Gallen), Razak Abalora (Unattached)

Full Backs: Benson Anang (Zilina FC), Lumor Agbenyenu (Sporting Club), Yakubu Mohammed (Azam FC), Gideon Mensah (Vitoria de Guimaraes)

Centre Backs: Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg), Joseph Aidoo (Celta de Vigo), Nicholas Opoku (Amiens), Kassim Nuhu (Hoffenheim)

Midfielders: Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid), Emmanuel Lomotey (Amiens), Bernard Mensah (Besiktas), Baba Iddrisu (RCD Mallorca)

Attackers/Wingers: Andre Ayew (Swansea), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace), John Antwi (Pyramids FC), Eugene Ansah (Hapoel Shmona), Jefferey Schlupp (Crystal Palace), Samuel Owusu (Al Fayha FC), Kamal Deen (Nordsjaelland SC), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax SC)
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