Asante Not Surprised By Stars Recall

Asante SolomonTP Mazembe winger Solomon Asante says he is not surprised by his recall to the Ghana national team for next month’s opening 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The 23-year-old is returning to the Black Stars team having been overlooked by coach Kwesi Appiah for the 2014 World Cup.

Asante has been one of the leading performers for his Congolese club since arriving from Berekum Chelsea in 2013.

His impressive performances particularly in the CAF Champions League have caught the eye of the Ghana coach for September’s qualifiers against Uganda and Togo.

The diminutive winger however says he is not surprised by his return to the Black Stars.

“I am not particularly surprised even though the coach has several talented players to pick from,” Asante told Happy FM.

“The coach might have had in mind the kind of game he wants to play as the reason for bringing me back to the team.”

Ghana will play host to Uganda on September 5 in Kumasi before hitting the road five days later to face neighbouring Togo.

Meanwhile Celtic manager Ronny Deila is hopeful of completing the signinof Ghana winger Wakaso Mubarak within days.

Work permit problems prevented the conclusion of a loan deal for Mubarak from Russian side Rubin Kazan before last week’s Champions League game against Maribor.

Serbia striker Stefan Scepovic, who is also 24, is another player being targeted by the Scottish giants. He currently with Sporting Gijon in Spain’s second tier.

“We hope things will happen this week,” Deila told BBC Scotland.

“We’re working a lot on this and I think we’re going to get things how we want it.”

Mubarak has been in Russia’s top flight since last summer after spending six years in Spain with Elche, Villareal and Espanyol.

Now the player, who has been capped 19 times for Ghana, is poised to spend the rest of the season at Celtic Park on loan.

In a related development, Ghana star Christian Atsu characterized his Everton debut in the English top-flight by wearing a rare catchy boots on Saturday evening.

The 22-year-old made his grand entry five minutes from time at the Goodison Park in the Toffees’ 2-2 stalemate with Arsenal.

Everton fans on attendance loudly welcome the 2014 Ghana World Cup star on his competitive debut appearance but his sparkling brownish gold boots drew more attention towards him.

Birmingham City’s Ghanaian sensation Koby Arthur tweeted the boot expressing his admiration for the Chelsea loanee’s boots.

In the game, Everton took a 2-0 lead but sat back to allow Arsenal to crawl in and equalise both goals at the death.-Ghanasoccernet.com

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