Ghana vs Canada: Four MLS players in Ghana squad
After a long wait, Ghana coach Avram Grant has finally named his 18-man squad for Tuesday's international friendly against Canada in Washington.

Among the list are four Ghanaians in the Major League Soccer (MLS) – regulars Harrison Afful and David Accam will be joined by debutants Lloyd Sam and Kwadwo Poku.

Poku has played 25 games for NYCFC (six starts), scoring four goals and adding seven assists in his first MLS season. This is the 23-year-old's first international call-up.

New York Red Bulls’ Sam has 10 goals and six assists in 28 games in the ongoing season.

This means the Black Stars trainer named four debutants for the match to be played in the American capital - Llyod Sam, Kwadwo Poku, Germany-based Phil Ofosu-Ayeh and Gideon Baah who plays in Finland. Udinese star Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu has been confirmed as the captain for the international friendly .

Agyeman-Badu returns to the squad after missing September’s 1-0 win over Rwanda in the 2017 AFCON qualifier and has been handed the armband due to the unavailability of substantive captain Asamoah Gyan and vice Andre Ayew who are both missing the game with injuries. The Black Stars look a bit depleted but this will give other players the opportunity to state their case if giving the chance.

Apart from the captain and his deputy, the team will also miss the services of Chrsitian Atsu and Rabiu Mohammed through injury while defenders Baba Rahman, Daniel Amartey as well as striker Richmond Boakye Yiadom could not secure visas. Goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey who was due to make a return to the Black Stars team after sixteen months, will not be available for the game. Kwarasey’s club sought permission from the Ghana Football Association to excuse him from the game because of club commitments the same week. In the absence of these eight players coach Avram Grant can access other players who have been itching for the chance to play for the Black Stars. Sassuolo midfielder Alfred Duncan gets another chance to impress in the Black Stars after the Italy-based enforcer had a previous stint with the national team.

The squad is dominated by regular Black Stars players like goalkeeper Razak Brimah, John Boye and Leicester City left-back Jeff Schlupp, Italy-based midfielders Agyemang-Badu and Afriyie Acquah as well as Mubarak Wakaso.

Aston Villa striker Jordan Ayew and Abdul Majeed Waris were also named by Avram Grant.

The match against Canada at the RFK Stadium in Washington DC will kick off on Tuesday at 7:30pm local time.

Black Stars Squad:

Goalkeepers: Razak Braimah (Cordoba, Spain) and Fatau Dauda (AshGold)

Defenders: Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA), (Phil Ofosu-Ayeh, Eintracht Braunschweig, Germany), Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester City, England), Gideon Baah (HJK Helsinki, Finland), John Boye (Sivasspor, Turkey), Edwin Gyimah (Orlando Pirates, South Africa),

Midfielders: Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Torino, Italy), Mubarak Wakaso (Las Palmas, Spain), Lloyd Ekow Sam (New York Red Bulls, USA) Bernard Mensah (Getafe, Spain), Alfred Duncan (Sassuolo, Italy), and Kwadwo Poku (New York City FC, USA)

Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa, England), Abdul Majeed Waris, (Lorient, France) and David Accam (Chicago Fire, USA)
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