Harrisburg City’s Abbas Mohammed earns a surprised Black Stars call up

Harrisburg City defender Abbas Mohammed is the latest American-based player to benefit from head coach Kwesi Appiah’s intriguing selections into the Black Stars.

The 22-year-old former Inter Allies defender who joined Harrisburg City Islanders in the United Soccer League (USL) for the 2017 season will travel to the Ghana camp with two more American-based players – Harrison Afful and Jonathan Mensah of Major League Soccer (MLS) side Columbus Crew – as the Black Stars prepare for the all important World Cup qualifier against the Cranes of Uganda at the Mandela National Stadium on October 7.

Apart from Abass Mohammed, coach Appiah’s 26-man squad will include debutants Kingsley Sarfo of Swedish side Malmo, Kasim Nuhu of Swiss club Young Boys as well as Hearts of Oak defender Vincent Atinga and Inter Allies star Isaac Twum who impressed in the just ended WAFU Cup.

Also making the squad is striker John Antwi of Misr Lel-Makkasa of Egypt and Augsburg defender Daniel Opare who is making a return to the team for the first time since the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

FC Zurich striker Raphael Dwamena will return to national team duties after being cleared to continue his career which was nearly curtailed by a heart condition whiles Richmond Boakye Yiadom gets another chance to impress coach Appiah after his superlative performance against Congo.

Whiles captain Asamoah Gyan makes a return into the team, the Ayew brothers and defender John Boye were excused by the Black stars coach.

Black Stars Squad:

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

DEFENDERS: Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA), Daniel Opare (Augsburg, Germany) Agbenyenu Lumor (Portimonese, Portugal), Abass Mohammed (Harrisburg City, USA), Kasim Nuhu (Young Boys, Switzerland), Daniel Amartey (Leicester, England), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew, USA), Nicholas Opoku (Club Africain, Tunisia), Vincent Atinga (Hearts of Oak)

MIDFIELDERS: Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Joseph Attamah (Bakaksehir, Turkey), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Kingsley Sarfo (Malmo, Sweden) Alfred Duncan (Sassuolo FC, Italy), Ebenezer Ofori (Stuttgart, Germany), Thomas Agyepong (NAC Breda, Holland), Frank Acheampong (Tianjin TEDA, China), Isaac Twum (Inter Allies), Patrick Twumasi (Astana FC, Kazakhtan)

FORWARDS: Asamoah Gyan (Kayerispor, Turkey), Raphael Dwamena (FC Zurich, Switzerland), John Antwi (Misr Lel-Makkasa, Egypt), Richmond Boakye Yiadom (Crvena Zvezda, Serbia)
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