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Africa: Semenyo Amongst Three Ghana Debutantes for AFCON Qualifiers – Partey, Djiku Absent


Ghana head coach Otto Addo has named Bristol City striker Antoine Semenyo amongst his three debutantes for subsequent month’s TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The England-based striker is amongst three gamers together with France-based defender Alidu Seidu and Bechem United winger Augustine Okrah who got their first call-up to the Black Stars squad for the 2 matches.

The Black Stars can be boosted by the return of three gamers together with captain Andre Ayew and fit-again stars Mubarak Wakaso and Richmond Boakye Yiadom who’re all a part of the 33-man squad launched by coach Addo.

The trio was not a part of the squad that performed Nigeria within the decisive World Cup qualifiers in March for numerous causes however are actually accessible for choice by the Black Stars boss.

Ghana can be lacking key gamers as powerful defender Alexander Djiku is suspended for amassing yellow playing cards whereas Thomas Partey will not be risked for the qualifier as he’s recovering from a hamstring harm he suffered whereas taking part in for English facet Arsenal.

The Black Stars will face Madagascar within the first of the double-header on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 on the Cape Coast Stadium earlier than they deal with Central African Republic 4 days later in Angola.

The Ghana Football Association revealed the checklist of gamers for the 2 AFCON qualifying matches and a four-nation event that can be staged in Japan from June 10 to June 14.

The Black Stars will play hosts Japan within the opening sport of the Kirin Soccer Cup and can play towards both of Chile or Tunisia within the ultimate fixture of the mini event.

Skipper Ayew is making a return to the group after lacking out within the World Cup playoff towards Nigeria in March by a suspension he was serving.

Semenyo has been handed a maiden invitation to the Black Stars following his blistering kind within the English Championship this season.

Semenyo netted eight objectives and offered 12 assists in 31 appearances for City.

He was initially anticipated to make the Ghana group for the World Cup playoff however was dominated out because of an harm.

Hearts of Oak and former Ghana U20 captain Daniel Afriyie Barnieh and Bechem United talisman Augustine Okrah are the one residence primarily based gamers included in Addo’s squad.

Below is the complete checklist:

GOALKEEPERS

Joseph Wollacott – Swindon Town

Abdul Manaf Nurudeen – KAS Eupen

Lawrence Ati-Zigi – FC St. Gallen

Richard Ofori – Orlando Pirates

DEFENDERS

Denis Odoi – Club Brugge

Alidu Seidu – Clement Foot

Gideon Mensah – Girondins Bordeaux

Abdul Rahman Baba – Reading FC

Abdul Mumin – Vitoria Guimaraes

Daniel Amartey – Leicester City

Joseph Aidoo – Celta Vigo

Jonathan Mensah – Columbus Crew

MIDFIELDERS

Iddrisu Baba Mohammed – Real Mallorca

Edmund Addo – Sheriff Tiraspol

Elisha Owusu – KAA Gent

Mohammed Kudus – AFC Ajax

Daniel-Kofi Kyereh – FC St. Pauli

Mubarak Wakaso – Shenzhen FC

WINGERS