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Asamoah Gyan recalled to Ghana squad

The 32-year-old has been recalled for Ghana’s upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leona.

Asamoah Gyan recalled to Ghana squad

After more than a year of absence, Asamoah Gyan has been handed a recall to the Ghana national squad for the upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers against Sierra Leona on October 11 and 15.

Gyan, Ghana’s all-time top scorer, has played just twice this season for his club, Turkish Super Lig side Kayserispor, and is yet to score.

The decision by the national team coach, Kwesi Appiah, to recall the 32-year-old striker has sparked controversy amid his recent lack of opportunities.

However, Gyan has never disappointed in Ghana colours, and this could be the main reason for his recall.

Currently Ghana tops Group F of the 2019 Afcon qualifiers on goal difference. Ethiopia and Kenya complete the group.

Still no place for Ayew brothers

Appiah opted not to include the Ayew brothers, Andre and Jordan, in the 23-men list to face Sierra Leona next week.

Neither Andre nor Jordan have been called up for over a year after both opted out of a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Congo.

Ghana 23-men list

Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United, South Africa), Lawrence Ati Zigi (Sochaux, France), Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko).

Defenders: Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA), Andy Yiadom (Reading FC, England), Lumor Agbenyenu (Sporting Lisbon, Portugal), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew, USA), John Boye (FC Metz, France), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City, England), Nicholas Opoku (Udinese, Italy).

Midfielders: Mubarak Wakaso (Deportivo Alaves, Spain), Isaac Sackey (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Afriyie Acquah (Empoli, Italy), Kwadwo Asamoah (Inter Milan, Italy), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Bernard Mensah (Kayserispor, Turkey), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Thomas Agyepong (Hibernian, Scotland), Nana Ampomah (Waasland-Beveren, Belgium).

Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Kayserispor, Turkey), Majeed Waris (FC Nantes, France), Emmanuel Boateng (Levante, Spain), Richmond Boakye-Yiadom (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia).


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