The Black Stars of will effective tomorrow, Tuesday, open camp to commence preparations for this weekend’s World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe. It will be recalled that a 32-man provisional list was announced by Black Stars head coach Milovan Rajevac, but five players have been excused from the list that was announced earlier. This means, Twenty Seven players will move into camping in Cape Coast tomorrow.
The five players who will not be part of the team for the coming match include Ismail Abdul Ganiu, Tariqe Fosu Henry, Joseph Alfred Duncan, Mubarak Wakaso and Emmanuel Gyasi. The situation of England based Andrew Yiadom is under assessment after picking up a knock over the weekend. Andrew Yiadom - who plies his trade for Reading in The Championship - picked the knocked in a crucial game against Cardiff City on last Saturday. The Ghanaian international had to say goodbye to the game in the 80th minute.
The respective departments where these players emanate are expected to be taken charged by other colleagues. Even though reasons were not provided for their excuse, the availability of some players could have been good for team’s course.
Mubarak Wakaso has over the years proven his relevance for the Senior National team. The experienced midfielder got the only goal for Ghana, when Black Stars engaged Ethiopia last month.
Meanwhile the number of local players in the list has reduced following the exit of Ismail Abdul Ganiu of Asante Kotoko. The initial list of five is slashed to four.
At the goalkeeping department, Milovan Rajevac included Richard Atta and Danlad Ibrahim of Accra Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko respectively.
In defence, Philemon Baffour of Dreams FC is the only local representative in the remaining players. He made it into the team alongside Abdul Ganiu only for him to be excused. His unavailability is not anticipated to be a big deal for the team as Daniel Amartey and Alexander Djiku will give a good account for the new coach. Jonathan Mensah is also available to bring his experience to bear for the National team.
In midfield, Abdul Fatawu Issahaku got the nod to represent domestic players. He was the only midfielder from the local league, specifically Division One League, who has the chance to prove his worth under the Serbian tactician. His exploits in Africa Under 20 Cup of Nations made a giant mark for his inclusion. The assumption earlier had been a call up for Abdul Fatawu Issahaku and his captain Daniel Afriyie Barnieh, but the latter was excluded for the coming assignments.
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