Sumaila handed late call-up for Ghana vs Kenya

By Stephen Amos

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Photo: Getty Images
Photo: Getty Images

Serbia-based defender Rashid Sumaila has received a late call-up to the Ghana squad after John Boye and Kassim Adams Nuhu withdrew due to injuries.

Boye failed to recover from an injury he suffered on Tuesday night in a French Cup game against RC Lens while Adams sustained an ankle injury towards the end of the first half of Hoffenheim’s Bundesliga game against Freiburg on Saturday.

And Ghana coach Kwasi Appiah has opted to replace the duo with only the Red Star Belgrade centre-back.

Sumaila featured in both Black Stars friendlies against Japan and Iceland before the World Cup in June but got snubbed for the squad to travel to face Kenya in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

He is now due to arrive and train as part of a 20-man squad at the chosen camp base in Ethiopia. From Monday, Ghana will hold their preparations in Addis Ababa until the morning of September 7 when they take a short trip to Kenya for the crucial qualifier.

Kenya’s Harambee Stars host Ghana at the Moi International Sports Centre in Kasarani-Nairobi. Kickoff is at 1300 GMT.

Updated squad

Goalkeepers (2): Lawrence Ati (Sochaux, France), Richard Ofori (Martizburg, South Africa)

Defenders (6): Harrison Afful (Columbus, USA), Daniel Opare (Antwerp, Belgium), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City, England), Andy Yiadom (Reading Football Club, England), Nicholas Opoku (Udinese, Italy), Rashid Sumaila (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia)

Midfielders (8): Afriyie Acquah (Empoli, Italy), Isaac Sackey (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Ebenezer Ofori (New York City FC, USA), Christian Atsu (Newcastle, England), Edwin Gyasi (CSKA Sofia, Bulgaria), Kwadwo Asamoah (Inter Milan, Italy), Frank Acheampong (Tianjin Teda, China), Nana Ampomah (Waasland-Beveren, Belgium)

Forwards (4): Raphael Dwamena (Levante UD, Spain), Thomas Partey (Atlético Madrid), Majeed Waris (FC Nantes, France), William Owusu (Antwerp, Belgium)

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