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Black Meteors: Fabin names 27-man provisional squad for Japan friendlies

Ghana U-23s coach, Samuel Paa Kwesi Fabin has named a provisional squad of 27 players for back-to-back international friendlies with the Japan Olympic football team next month.

The Black Meteors are scheduled to face their Japanese counterparts on June 4 and 8 in Tokyo.

“Key players from the squad are drawn from the team that won the 2021 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year in Mauritania.

“The players have graduated to the U-23 team in line with the GFA’s transitional policy,” portions of an official announcement read.

Japan, who are hosts of this summer’s Olympic Games, will use the games against Ghana to test their readiness as they face an African opposition in South Africa in the opening match of the football competition on July 22.

It was the South Africans who denied the Black Meteors a return to the Olympics through a penalty shootout victory in the third-place play-off and final ticket decider at the U-23 Afcon in Egypt.

The Black Meteors will head to camp later this month to prepare for the Japan games.

Invited players (Provisional):

Goalkeepers: William Essau (Vision FC), Richmond Ayi (Hearts of Oak)

Centre-backs: Frank Assinki (HB Koge, Denmark), Yussif Mubarik (Asante Kotoko), Kobina Amoah (Golden Kick), Frank Amoabeng (Audace Cerignola, Italy), Abdul Mumin (Guimaraes, Portugal)

Full-backs: Samuel Ashie Quaye (Great Olympics), Uzair Alhassan (Tamale Utrecht), Benson Annang (Zelina, Slovakia)

Midfielders: Samuel Agyepong (WAFA), Yaw Yeboah (Krakow, Poland), Issah Hudu (Liberty Professionals), Augustine Boakye (WAFA), Patrick Mensah (Heart of Lions), Emmanuel Essiam (Berekum Chelsea)

Wingers: Osman Bukari (KAA Gent, Belgium), Matthew Anim Cudjoe (Legon Cities)

Forwards: Percious Boah (Dreams FC), Daniel Afriyie Barnieh (Hearts of Oak), Adu-Boffour Kwame Poku (Colchester Utd), Frimpong Boateng (King Faisal), Samuel Boakye (Eleven Wonders), Diawisie Taylor (Karela FC), Kwame Peprah (King Faisal)



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