Otto Addo Drops Thomas Partey As He Invites 33 Players For AFCON Qualifiers And Friendlies

Ghana coach Otto Addo has named his team ahead of the Black Stars’ qualifiers for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations and a four-nation tournament in June.

Addo, who was named the permanent coach of the Black Stars on Tuesday, has invited 33 players, the majority of whom play abroad, with only two Ghana Premier League players making the cut.

Captain Andre Ayew is back in the squad after missing the World Cup playoff against Nigeria due to suspension. However, due to injury, his deputy Thomas Partey will not be able to join the team.

Mubarak Wakaso, who last played competitively in November 2021, has been unexpectedly included.

Hearts of Oak striker Daniel Afriyie Barnieh and Bechem United winger Augustine Okrah, who is having a fantastic season, are the two home-based players in the squad. For Okrah, it’s his debut call-up.

Alidu Seidu, a defender who plays in France, and Bristol City striker Antoine Semenyo have also been called up for the first time.

On June 1, the Black Stars face Madagascar at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium in their first match of 2023 AFCON qualifiers.

Ghana will travel to Angola for the second match against the Central African Republic.

Then, as part of their preparations for the World Cup in November, they will compete in a four-nation tournament against Japan, Chile, and Tunisia.

Below is the full squad

GOALKEEPERS Jojo Wollacott- Swidon Town Abdul Manaf Nurudeen- Eupen Lawrence Ati-Zigi- St. Gallen Richard Ofori- Orlando Pirates

DEFENDERS: Denis Odoi- Club Brugge Alidu Seidu- Clermont Foot Gideon Mensah- Bordeaux Abdul Baba Rahman- Reading Abdul Mumin- Vitoria Guimaraes Daniel Amartey- Leicester City Joseph Aidoo- Celta Vigo Jonathan Mensah – Columbus Crew

MIDFIELDERS: Iddrisu Baba- Mallorca Edmund Addo- Sheriff Tiraspol Elisha Owusu – KAA Gent Mohammed Kudus- Ajax Daniel Kofi Kyereh- St. Pauli Mubarak Wakaso- Shenzhen

WINGERS: Joseph Paintsil- Genk Andre Ayew- Al Sadd Augustine Okrah- Bechem United Osman Bukari- Nantes Abdul Fatawu Issahaku- Sporting CP Kamaldeen Sulemana- Stade Rennes Yaw Yeboah- Columbus Crew Christopher Antwi-Adjei- Bochum

STRIKERS: Jordan Ayew- Crystal Palace Daniel Afriyie- Hearts of Oak Felix Afena Gyan- AS Roma Kwesi Okyere Wriedt- Holstien Kiel Antoine Semenyo- Bristol City Benjamin Tetteh- Yeni Malatyaspor Braydon Manu- SV Darmstadt