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Ghana unveil squad for Egypt clash in World Cup qualifiers


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Ghana coach Avram Grant announced on Thursday a 23-man squad for the second round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Egypt.

This comes two days after Egypt’s coach Hector Cuper announced his squad for the highly anticipated match, set to be held on Nov. 13 at Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria.

Ghana and Al Ahli Dubai forward Asamoah Gyan has been ruled out of the Black Stars squad for the upcoming game due to injury, while midfielder Alhassan Wakaso and defender Andy Yiadom have been handed their first Ghana call-ups.

Goalkeepers: Razak Braimah (Cordoba, Spain), Adam Kwarasey (Rosenborg, Norway) Richard Ofori (Wa All Stars)

Defenders: Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA), Andy Yiadom (Barnsley, England), Baba Rahman (Schalke, Germany), Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester City, England), John Boye (Sivasspor, Turkey), Jonathan Mensah (Anzhi, Russia), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City, England), Edwin Gyimah (Orlando Pirates, South Africa)

Midfielders: Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Torino, Italy), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain) Mubarak Wakaso (Panathinaikos, Greece), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium), Christian Atsu (Newcastle, England), Alhassan Wakaso (Rio Ave, Portugal), Samuel Tetteh (Leifering, Austria)

Forwards: Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa, England), Abdul-Majeed Waris (Lorient, France), Andre Ayew (West Ham, England), Ebenezer Assifuah (Sion, Switzerland)

Grant’s choices negated previous rumors about Egypt-based Ghanaians Emmanuel Banahene and Nana Poku getting a surprise call-up as several Ghanaian news outlets have speculated earlier this week that the Ismaily and the Misr El-Maqassa strikers will be included in the squad facing Egypt.

Ghana, who were held to a goalless home draw against Uganda in the first round, will be looking to get a good result when they face Group E leaders Egypt later this month.

The Pharaohs now top the group on three points, two clear of Ghana after kicking off their campaign on a bright note with a 2-1 away win over Congo.

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