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Kwesi Appiah names Ghana squad for vital World Cup qualifier

KPB, Ayew and Essien recalled but no place for Muntari

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Kwesi Appiah has named a 26 man squad for the vital World Cup qualifier against Zambia on 06 September. This was always going to be an interesting squad selection since Kwesi Appiah had the services of Kevin Prince Boateng and the Ayew brothers to call on so their inclusion or non inclusion was going to be a contentious issue.

Thus in true Ghanaian fashion Kwesi Appiah has got us all talking by including Kevin Prince Boateng, Andre Ayew and surprisingly Michael Essien in his squad. But there is no place on the list for Marseille’s Jordan Ayew or AC Milan’s Sulley Muntari.

Essien has not played for Ghana since facing Congo in June 2011 and his inclusion gives Ghana a boost. However many people will argue that he is not the player he was two years ago and thus may not be guaranteed a place in the starting line up. The same can be said of Andre Ayew and Boateng though I would suggest these two are more likely to start the match than Essien.

On the players omitted, Jordan Ayew may be feeling a little disappointed he has not been selected amongst the strikers. Sulley Muntari may be wondering what his future in the Ghanaian squad is after being overlooked despite the GFA had accepting his written apology in relationto incident in the dressing room following the 2-0 win over Lesotho in June. The incident adds to a long list of misdemeanours in the international career of Muntari and may well signal the beginning of the end of his career.

The squad will begin a training camp for the Zambia match, as well as a friendly in Japan four days later, in Kumasi on 2 September.

The Black Stars know a draw on 6 September will take them through to the final round of World Cup play-offs.  Zambia must win the match in Kumasi if they are to progress to the play-offs

 

The full squad is as follows;

Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Adam Kwarasey (Stromgodset, Norway), Razak Braimah (Guadalajara, Spain)

Defenders: Samuel Inkoom (Dnipro, Ukraine), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege, Belgium), Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), Kissi Boateng (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), John Boye (Rennes, France), Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France), Rashid Sumaila (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Mohammed Awal (Maritzburg United, South Africa)

Midfielders: Rabiu Mohammed (Kuban Krasnodar, Russia), Yussif Raman Chibsah (Sassuolo, Italy), Michael Essien (Chelsea, England), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy), Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese, Italy), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough, England), Solomon Asante (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Mubarak Wakaso (Espanyol, Spain), Christian Atsu (Porto, Portugal), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium).

Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE), Andre Ayew (Marseille, France), Kevin Prince Boateng (AC Milan, Italy), Abdul Majeed Waris (Spartak Moscow, Russia), Mahatma Otoo (Sogndal, Norway).

 

What do you think of the squad? are you pleased by the return of the trinity (Ayew, KPB & Essien) and was Appiah right to drop Essien?

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)