GHANA ANNOUNCED WORLD CUP PROVISIONAL SQUAD
By: Nhlanhla Ndlovu
The 2010 FIFA World Cup quarter finalist, Ghana, announced a 26-man provisional squad ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil next month.
Ghanaian coach Kwesi Appiah has named an experienced side to pick 23 men to represent the country in Brazil in the most coveted football tournament.
The side is featured in Group G – which is group of death with Germany, the United States of America (USA) and Portugal.
The Black Stars will be playing their third world cup after their debut in 2006 and second appearance in 2010.
The surprising characters in the squad were Fatau Dauda and Rashid Sumaila who are struggling to get in the starting line-up on their respective South African clubs.
The two players have been sidelined in the 2013/14 Absa Premiership season. Dauda has been the number two goalkeeper in Orlando Pirates meanwhile Sumaila’s position was taken by Thabo Nthethe in Mamelodi Sundowns.
Ghana progressed to 2014 FIFA World Cup finals after beating Egypt by 7-3 on aggregate.
Black Stars will open their campaign against USA on June 16 before playing the semi-finalist in the last two world cups, Germany on the 21st and end the group stages run with Portugal on the 26th.
The full squad follows:
Goalkeepers: Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset, Norway), Fatua Dauda (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars, Ghana)
Defenders: Samuel Inkoom (FC Dnipro, Ukraine), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege, Belgium), Jonathan Mensah (Evian TG, France), Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), Jeff Schlupp (Leicester City, England), John Boye (Stade Rennes, France), Jerry Akaminko (Eskisehirspor, Turkey), Rashid Sumaila (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa).
Midfielders: Sulley Muntari (AC Milan, Italy), Wakaso Mubarak (Rubin Kazan, Russia), Rabiu Mohammed (Kuban Krasnodar, Russia), Michael Essien (AC Milan, Italy), Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Parma, Italy), Andre Ayew (Olympique Marseille, France), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy), Christian Atsu (Vitesse Arnhem, Netherlands), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough, England), David Titi Accam (Helsingborg, Sweden).
Forwards: Jordan Ayew (Sochaux, France), Abdul Majeed Waris (Valenciennes, France), Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE), Kevin Prince Boateng (Schalke 04, Germany).