Coach Appiah Names Squad For Turkey

gyan1Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah has named his squad to face Turkey next week in a friendly in Istanbul.

The Black Stars coach has selected a 21 man group for Wednesday’s match at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, which will be a tough warm-up
for next month’s World Cup qualifier against Zambia.

And Appiah makes some real surprises with his choices, including three debutants in his team. Spain-based goalkeeper Razak Braimah, midfielder Yussif Raman Chibsah and striker Emmanuel Banahene were named in the squad.

The match against Turkey will kick off at 21:30 pm [7:30GMT] in Istanbul. Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset, Norway), Razak Braimah (Guadalajara, Spain) Defenders: Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), Samuel Inkoom (Dnipro, Ukraine), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege, Belgium), Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France), Rashid Sumaila (Mamelodi
Sundowns, South Africa), Mohammed Awal (Maritzburg United, South Africa) Midfielders: Rabiu Mohammed (Evian, France),
Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese, Italy), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy), Solomon Asante (TP Mazembe, DR Congo),
Mubarak Wakaso (Espanyol, Spain), Christian Atsu (Porto, Portugal), Yusif Chibsah (Parma, Italy), Albert Adomah (Bristol City, England) Strikers: Emmanuel Banahene (Sanliurfaspor, Turkey), Dominic
Adiyiah (Arsenal Kiev, Ukraine), Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE),
Mahatma Otoo (Hearts of Oak).

Meanwhile, Ghana’s Black Stars retained their FIFA ranking as the second best team in Africa. According to the latest FIFA rankings released on thursday morning, Ghana retained its ranking as the 24th best team in the world, with Cote d’Ivoire maintaining its standing as the top ranked African team, despite falling down three places to 18th in the world.

Mali is ranked the third best team in Africa, with Algeria and African champions Nigeria ranked fourth and fifth respectively. The head coach of Premier League side Ashanti Gold, Bashir Hayford says no football agent can
impose a player on him.

He told Kumasi-based Kapital Radio that any agent or manager who wants his or her player to play for his side must come and justify himself for him to assess whether the player is a good material for his team or not.

“Any player who wants to play under me must come and justify himself and prove that he has the quality enough to play for my side. So no football agent can jst come and impose any player on me.”

Hayford also told Kapital Radio that before he signs any player into his side he looks at positions in his team that have weaknesses, likening his mode of operations to servicing a car.

“If your car has developed a fault with a certain part you don’t have to buy spare parts for the whole car but rather replace the part that has been damaged.”

The ex-Asante Kotoko and Medeama SC head coach noted that the team needs reinforcements in the goalkeeping department and up front since losing Fatau Dauda and Yakubu Mohammed to South African sides.

Coach Appiah names squad for Turkey

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