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EPL Brothers Snubbed For Ghana Squad

Premier League Brothers Snubbed For Ghana Squad

By David Kappel - Sep 27, 2017 12:01 PM @kappilinho

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has named his 26-man squad for their must-win World Cup qualifier against Uganda, but snubbed two of the Black Stars’ biggest stars, while nominating one Premier Soccer League player.

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Appiah’s side need to beat Uganda on 7 October and hope for first-placed Egypt to slip up against Congo Brazzaville in order to keep their 2018 FIFA World Cup hopes alive.

While Ghana’s all-time record scorer and captain Asamoah Gyan, who now plays for Kayserispor, was part of the 26-man squad, which will still be reduced to 23 before the Uganda tie, Premier League duo Andre Ayew (West Ham) and Jordan Ayew (Swansea) were not selected.

Meanwhile, Maritzburg United goalkeeper Richard Ofori has once again been selected to represent the Black Stars.

Here is Ghana’s squad in full, as reported by BBC Africa:

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

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

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), Patrick Twumasi (Astana FC, Kazakhtan)

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

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Egypt currently lead World Cup qualifying group with nine points, two ahead of Uganda, while Ghana currently sit in third spot on five points from their first four matches.

Do you think Apiah is making a mistake by snubbing the Ayew brothers? Have your say in the comments section below.


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jinks Joined: 22 Jul 2017
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jinks Sep 28, 2017 03:20 PM
Uganda will beat this black stars team.
Nkosana Bhakaniya Joined: 03 Oct 2014
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Nkosana Bhakaniya Sep 27, 2017 05:25 PM
Well done coach , they dnt play well in EPL
Mxolisingongoma Joined: 26 May 2015
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Mxolisingongoma Sep 27, 2017 03:25 PM
Personal issues and nothing more.
matome910 Joined: 03 Aug 2011
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matome910 Sep 27, 2017 01:59 PM
If they are dropped based on the fact that other players have perfomed better compared to them @ their respective teams. IM aal for that
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Myaka weliPhefeni Sep 27, 2017 01:45 PM
Weldone coach maybe they didnt add what u need and Jonathan his doing well bt Andrew most of this tym got benched bt lets wayt and see ur plan Kwesi
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nhlekoraymond Sep 27, 2017 01:08 PM
Ayew brothers are the cornerstone of this Ghanian team,Appiah has made the very big mistake for excluding them
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No badges available Sep 27, 2017 01:01 PM
Good coach he select based on merits
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musah005 Sep 27, 2017 12:51 PM
Yes its a big mistake to snubb Andrew,he is an integral part of the Ghana national team
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emilem442 Sep 27, 2017 12:49 PM
not at all maybe this is what ghana need at this time,the ghana national team should not be used to baby sit or to persue family tiers but to select players based on merit.
mochechi4pirates Joined: 16 Dec 2014
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mochechi4pirates Sep 27, 2017 12:19 PM
So only one player who plays in their local league, Hearts Of Oak!?!

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