Arsenal midfielder, Swansea City ace Andre and Crystal Palace striker Jordan to be exempt from next double header
The Ghana Premier League and Championship contingent including Arsenal midfielder Thomas Teye Partey, Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew and Swansea City striker Andre Ayew have been excluded from the final squad. Black Stars for the next 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifying matches against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe.
Crystal Palace midfielder Jeffrey Schlupp, Newcastle United winger Christian Atsu, Leicester City defender Daniel Amartey, Reading right-back Andy Yiadom and Brentford forward Tariqe Fosu were all dropped, but the League 2 midfielder Kwame Afriyie Poku, who plays for Rochdale, has been called up. for the first time.
A 29-man final squad was called up for the March 25 away clash with Bafana Bafana in Johannesburg and a home fixture with Sao Tome in Accra three days later.
The Premier League and Championship contingent have been excluded from the new roster due to the reluctance of clubs to release them for travel to South Africa, a country on the UK’s red list of countries at risk of coronavirus.
A trip from such a country to the UK will require 10 days of mandatory hotel quarantine, a directive that will see players miss a number of club matches upon returning from international duty.
Amid speculation that Premier League / EFL based players would be exempted for the trip to South Africa but would be available for the home game against Sao Tome, Swansea on Thursday interestingly announced a call from Ayew Ghana. , suggesting his imminent trip to Africa.
French duo Nicholas Opoku and Emmanuel Lomotey have been called up despite the unanimous decision of the Ligue 1 and 2 clubs to reject all international orders from African players.
Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Richard Ofori, who was injured in a Champions League clash with Algeria’s ES Setif, has also been called up.
Former Bayern Munich striker Kwasi Okyere Wriedt is making a comeback in the Black Stars for the first time since 2018, as there are inaugural calls for Italian-born striker Emmanuel Gyasi, the winger of Gand Osman Bukari, Manchester player Loanee Kamal Sowah and 17-year-old. Ghanaian second division sensation Abdul Fatawu Issahaku, who won the best player award at the recent U20 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Mauritania.
German-born Hamburg center-back Stephen Ambrocius, who has been named to the German squad for the upcoming European Under-21 Championship, is also part of the Ghana squad – his first-ever call to the summit of his parents’ country.
The entire Ghana team:
Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori (Orlando Pirates – South Africa), Razak Abalora (Asante Kotoko – Ghana), Eric Ofori Antwi (Medeama SC – Ghana), Danlad Ibrahim (Asante Kotoko – Ghana)
Back: Baba Abdul Rahman (PAOK – Greece), Gideon Mensah (Vitoria de Guimaraes – Portugal), Benson Annan (MLK Zilina – Slovakia), Philemon Baffuor (Dreams FC – Ghana)
Center backs: Nicholas Opoku (Amiens SC – France), Kasim Nuhu (1899 Hoffenheim – Germany), Ganiyu Ismael (Asante Kotoko – Ghana), Stephen Ambrosius (Hamburger SV – Germany)
Central midfielder: Kudus Mohammed (Ajax Amsterdam – Holland), Mubarak Wakaso (Jiangsu Suning FC – China), Afriyie Acquah (Yeni Malatyaspor – Turkey), Emmanuel Lomotey (Amiens SC – France), Iddrisu Baba (RCD Mallorca – Spain), Gladson Awako (Major Olympics – Ghana), Kwame Afriyie Poku (Colchester United – England)
Left attacking midfielder: Osman Bukari (Gent – Belgium), Joseph Esso (Dreams FC – Ghana)
Right attacking midfielder: Kamal Sowah (OH Leuven – Belgium), Fatawu Issahaku (Steadfast FC – Ghana)
Forwards: Emmanuel Boateng (Dalian Professional – China), Emmanuel Gyasi (Spezia – Italy), Kwame Opoku (Asante Kotoko – Ghana), John Antwi (Pyramids FC – Egypt), Kwasi Okyere Wriedt (Willem II – Holland), Caleb Ekuban ( Trabzonspor – Turkey)