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Black Stars: Otto Addo names 29 players to face Brazil and Nicaragua

Ghana coach Otto Addo has named his squad to face Brazil and Nicaragua in September friendlies.

Twenty-nine (29) players have been listed for these two pre-World cup international friendlies slated for Europe.

Coach Addo has handed first-time call-ups to a number of players who recently committed their international future to Ghana. They include Iñaki Williams, Salisu Mohammed, Tariq Lamptey, Stephan Ambrosius and Ransford-Yeboah Königsdörffer.

Making their returns are fit-again trio Richard Ofori, Joseph Aidoo and Antoine Semenyo who missed the Kirin Cup Soccer tournament against Japan and Chile in June.

Centre-back Alexander Djiku also makes a return after being excused from duties during the last international window.

High-flying Hearts of Oak forward Daniel Afriyie-Barnieh is the only home-based player among the 29 called.

Ghana is playing Brazil and Nicaragua in preparation for a 4th Fifa World Cup outing at Qatar 2022 later in November/December.

The date with the Brazilians is the first of the friendlies for the Black Stars on Friday, September 23. It is slated for the 25,000-seat multi-purpose Stade Océane in the latter’s Normandy port city of Le Havre in France.

Stade Océane in France to host Ghana vs Brazil friendly

After the match in Le Havre, the Black Stars will then make a trip across the border into Spain to play Nicaragua four days later. The September 27 game comes off at Estadio Francisco Artés Carrasco based in Lorca.

Invited players

Goalkeepers (3):

Joseph Wollacott (Swindon Town), Abdul Manaf Nurudeen (KAS Eupen), Richard Ofori (Orlando Pirates)

Defenders (10):

Salisu Mohammed (Southampton FC), Tariq Lamptey (Brighton and Hove Albion), Denis Odoi (FC Brugge), Alidu Seidu (Clermont Foot), Gideon Mensah (AJ Auxerre), Baba Abdul Rahman (FC Reading), Alexander Djiku (RC Strasbourg), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City), Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo), Stephan Ambrosius (Karlsruher SC)

Midfielders (6):

Thomas Partey (Arsenal), Baba Iddrisu (RCD Mallorca), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax), Elisha Owusu (KAA Gent), Daniel-Kofi Kyereh (SC Freiburg), Andre Ayew (Al Sadd)

Wingers (7):

Daniel Ariyie Barnieh (Hearts of Oak), Ransford-Yeboah Königsdörffer (Hamburg), Abdul Fatawu Issahaku (Sporting CP), Osman Bukari (Red Star Belgrade),  Kamaldeen Sulamana (Stade Rennais), Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace)

Strikers (3):

Iñaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao), Felix Afena-Gyan (U.S Cremonese), Benjamin Tetteh (Hull City)



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