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2018 WCQ: Opare returns, five debutants in Ghana squad for Uganda trip

Ghana coach Kwasi Appiah has provisionally named 26 players for next month’s 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier against Uganda.

The Black Stars are scheduled to face the Cranes at the Mandela National in Kampala on October 7 in the Group E penultimate qualifier.

Ghana is also likely to face the Saudi Arabia national team in an international friendly on October 10. The Ghana FA is yet to officially confirm the game despite sealing an agreement weeks ago, Footy-Ghana understands.

Five players – Kingsley Sarfo of Swedish side Malmo, USA-based Abass Mohammed, Kasim Nuhu of Swiss side Young Boys, Hearts of Oak defender Vincent Atingah and Inter Allies versatile midfielder Isaac Twum have received their first senior call-ups.

Germany-based defender Daniel Opare returns to the side for the first time since the 2014 World Cup in Brazil following good showing for Augsburg.

Captain Asamoah Gyan and other top players like Thomas Partey, Daniel Amartey and Jonathan Mensah have all been named in the squad.

The three goalkeepers who were called for last month’s World Cup qualifier have all been retained.

Coach Kwasi Appiah will take 23 players to Kampala for the game.

Footy-Ghana understands the Black Stars could pitch camp in Kenya before heading to Uganda.

Below is the Ghana squad:

Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United, South Africa), Lawrence Ati (Sochaux, France), Joseph Addo (Aduana Stars, Ghana)

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

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, Ghana), Patrick Twumasi (Astana FC, Kazakhstan)

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





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