Veteran goalkeeper Kingson, Muntari and Jordan Ayew return to Ghana Squad for WC Play off with Egypt
Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah has announced his 25-man squad to face Egypt in the sides’ 2014 World Cup qualifying play-off on 15 October
He sprung a major surprise by including veteran goalkeeper Richard Kingson in his squad. Kingson, 35, returns after a two-year absence and is joined by Sulley Muntari, Jordan Ayew and Jerry Akaminko for the first-leg match. Kingson is a veteran of the 2006 and 2010 World Cups and brings with him a wealth of experience. It is obvious that Kwesi Appiah as opted for experience in the first match against a notoriously tough opponent.
It will be interesting to see if Kingson actually starts the game or if he is merely in the squad to pass on wisdom to Fatau Dauda and Adam Kwarasey. Either way I’m sure his inclusion will have it’s benefits on the squad as a whole. Sulley Muntari an equally experienced campaigner also returns to the squad after missing the final group game last month. Muntari’s inclusion will provide plenty of competition in Ghana’s midfield and it could prove a headache for Kwesi Appiah to select his best midfield combination. Though I’m sure it’s a headache he would rather have for a game of this magnitude.
The full squad for the match against Egypt is as follows;
Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Adam Kwarasey (Stromgodset, Norway), Richard Kingson (Doxa Katokopias, Cyprus)
Defenders: Samuel Inkoom (Dnipro, Ukraine), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege, Belgium), David Addy (Vitoria Guimaraes, Portugal), Baba Abdul Rahman (Greuther Furth Germany), John Boye (Rennes, France), Jerry Akaminko (Eskisehirspor, Turkey), Rashid Sumaila (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Mohammed Awal (Maritzburg United, South Africa)
Midfielders: Michael Essien (Chelsea, England), Emmanuel Frimpong (Arsenal, England) Sulley Muntari (AC Milan, Italy), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy), Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese, Italy), Kevin Prince Boateng (Schalke, Germany), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough, England), Mubarak Wakaso (Rubin Kazan, Russia), Christian Atsu (Vitesse Arnhem, Holland), Andre Ayew (Marseille, France)
Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE), Abdul Majeed Waris (Spartak Moscow, Russia), Jordan Ayew (Marseille, France), Mahatma Otoo (Sogndal, Norway).
No doubt this best squad available to Kwesi Appiah but will they do enough to give us the advantage in the first leg?
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Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)