Black Stars squad

Black Stars squad

Coach Avram Grant has handed Ghana teenage prodigy Godfred Donsah his maiden senior national team call-up by naming the hugely talented midfielder in his 24-man squad for next week?s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Rwanda.

The Israeli manager named two-home based players in the team for the match in Kigali as Fatau Dauda of Ashgold and Wa All Stars shot-stopper Richard Ofori were included in the team dominated by foreign based players.The Black Stars coach recalled Switzerland-based attacker Ebenezer Assifuah into the Black Stars squad as the Sion player returns to the team for the first time since January.In-form deputy captain Andre Ayew was recalled for the match against Rwanda after missing the opening 7-1 victory against Mauritius in June in the opening match of their qualifiers for the tournament in Gabon.Since then the Swansea City player has hit a rich vein of form and will boost the Black Stars attacking squad for the clash with the Wasps.However most of the players who featured in the match against Mauritius were retained but Frank Acheampong and Albert Adomah weree dropped because of the return to fitness of Andre Ayew.The reliable defensive set-up of the Black Stars were maintained with Spain-based Razak Brimah and the central defensive partnership between John Boye and Jonathan Mensah likely to start while Daniel Amartey will serve as their back-up.Harrison Afful, Jeffery Schlupp and new Chelsea boy Baba Rahman will be relied upon to form the rest of the defence while Mubarak Wakaso, Agyemang Badu, Afriyie Acquah and Mohammed Rabiu will be the midfield men.Jordan Ayew will partner Asamoah Gyan in attack as the Black Stars seek to cement their place at the top of the group after their emphatic opening win in the tough group following Rwanda win in their opening game too.Goalkeepers: Razak Braimah (Cordoba, Spain), Fatau Dauda (AshGold), Richard Ofori (Wa All Stars)

Defenders: Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA), John Boye (Sivasspor, Turkey), Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France), Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester City, England), Baba Rahman (Chelsea, Germany), Gyimah Edwin (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Daniel Amartey, (FC Copenhagen, Denmark)

Midfielders: Rabiu Mohammed (Krasnodar, Russia), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Torino, Italy), Solomon Asante (T.P. Mazembe, DR Congo), Christian Atsu (Bournemouth, England), Andre Ayew (Swansea City, UK) Mubarak Wakaso (Rubin Kazan, Russia), Bernard Mensah (Getafe, Spain), Godfred Donsah (Bologna, Italy).Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (SIPG Shanghai, China), Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa, England), Ebenezer Assifuah (Sion, Switzerland), David Accam (Chicago Fire, USA), Richmond Boakye-Yiadom (Atalanta).


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