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Black Stars: 16 train in Nairobi; Afful, Jona Mensah out of Uganda trip

Sixteen players were involved as the Black Stars began training at their Nairobi camp Tuesday for this weekend’s 2018 World Cup qualifying clash away to Uganda.

Ghana opened camp in Kenya on Monday in preparation for their October 7 encounter scheduled for the Mandela Stadium in Kampala.

After being forced two work without capatain Asamoah Gyan and Thomas Agyepong, two more players have pulled out also due to injuries suffered on club duties. 

Defenders Harrison Afful and Jonathan Mensah who both play for Columbus Crew in the MLS have been effectively ruled out following knocks picked last weekend. Coach Kwasi Appiah and his technical team were hoping the duo could shake off the knocks but have been told the experienced Black Stars players cannot be available.

Coach Kwasi Appiah now has to work with 22 players for the game against Uganda and as well the international friendly away to Saudi Arabia in Riyadh on October 10.

The Black Stars trained at midday (GMT) with 16 players including troubled Sweden-based debutant Kingsley Sarfo. Two more players arrived at the team’s hotel while the squad were training.

Other players like Raphael Dwamena, Patrick Twumasi and Nicholas Opoku are also expected to join camp latest Wednesday morning. 

The Black Stars are expected to leave Nairobi on Thursday. They will hold a mandatory training session at the match venue in Kampala on Friday. 

Updated 22-man Ghana squad to face Uganda: 

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

Defenders: Daniel Opare (Augsburg, Germany) Agbenyenu Lumor (Portimonese, Portugal), Abass Mohammed (Harrisburg City, USA), Kasim Nuhu (Young Boys, Switzerland), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City, England), Nicholas Opoku (Club Africain, Tunisia), Vincent Atinga (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), Frank Acheampong (Tianjin TEDA, China), Isaac Twum (Inter Allies), Patrick Twumasi (Astana FC, Kazakhstan)

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

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