By John Kwesi Arthur
Football writer kick442.com Ghana
The head coach of Ghana’s Senior National Team C.K Akonnor has named 9 home- based players in his 29 man squad for the final round of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe.
Coach Akonnor had training with the home -based players in Accra for four weeks before he settled on Nine of them for the two crucial games.
The players include Gladson Awako, Joseph Esso, Ismael Ganiyu, Razak Abalora, Eric Ofori Antwi and Kwame Opoku.
Black Satellites trio, Danlad Ibrahim, Philemon Baffuor and Abdul Fatawu Issahaku have also been named.
In the squad are Stephen Ambrosius of Hamburger SV in Germany, Kamal Sowah of OH Leuven in Belgium, Kwasi Okyere Wriedt of Willem II in Holland, Kwame Afriyie Opoku of Colchester United, Osman Bukari of Gent and Emmanuel Gyasi of Spezia FC in Italy.
Ghana will take on South Africa on March 25 in Johannesburg before engaging Sao Tome and Principe on March 29, 2021 at the Accra Sports stadium.
Below is the full Squad:
Richard Ofori (Orlando Pirates – South Africa),
Razak Abalora (Asante Kotoko – Ghana),
Eric Ofori Antwi (Medeama SC – Ghana),
Danlad Ibrahim (Asante Kotoko- Ghana)
Baba Abdul Rahman (PAOK – Greece), Gideon Mensah (Vitória de Guimarães – Portugal),
Benson Annan (MLK Zilina – Slovakia), Philemon Baffuor (Dreams FC – Ghana)
Nicholas Opoku (Amiens SC – France), Kasim Nuhu (1899 Hoffenheim – Germany),
Ganiyu Ismael (Asante Kotoko – Ghana), Stephen Ambrosius (Hamburger SV – Germany)
Kudus Mohammed (Ajax Amsterdam – Holland),
Mubarak Wakaso (Jiangsu Suning F.C – China),
Afriyie Acquah (Yeni Malatyaspor – Turkey), Emmanuel Lomotey (Amiens SC – France), Iddrisu Baba (RCD Mallorca – Spain), Gladson Awako (Great Olympics -Ghana), Kwame Afriyie Poku (Colchester United – England)
Left Attacking Midfield:
Osman Bukari (Gent – Belgium),
Joseph Esso (Dreams FC- Ghana)
Right Attacking Midfield:
Kamal Sowah (OH Leuven- Belgium), Fatawu Issahaku (Steadfast FC – Ghana)
Emmanuel Boateng (Dalian Professional- China),
Emmanuel Gyasi (Spezia – Italy), Kwame Opoku (Asante Kotoko – Ghana),
John Antwi (Pyramids FC – Egypt),
Kwasi Okyere Wriedt (Willem II – Holland), Caleb Ekuban (Trabzonspor – Turkey)
The Black Stars sit at the top of Group C with 9 points and are in search of one of the tickets to the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
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