Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Kevin-Prince Boateng named in Ghana's squad to face Egypt in WCQ second-leg play-off

Black Stars of Ghana head coach Kwesi Appiah recently named Kevin-Prince Boateng in a 24-man squad to face Egypt in the second-leg  World Cup qualifying play-off coming up later this month.

Boateng, who plays for Shalke missed the first let of the play-off due to a knee injury. The Black Stars will meet the Pharaohs in Cairo on 19 November at the Air Defence Stadium. Other players included in the squad are Dominic Adiyiah and goalkeeper Daniel Agyei

Meanwhile, the Ghanaian Football body is yet to resolve its issues with FIFA after the World Football body rejected two appeals for the game to be switched from Cairo over safety fears. Ghana's sports minister has requested an urgent meeting with FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke over security plans for the World Cup play-off against Egypt in Cairo.
FIFA ruled that Egypt has given security guarantees for the game, which will be the first international match held in the capital for more than two years.

Ghana squad:
Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Adam Kwarasey (Stromgodset, Norway), Daniel Agyei (Free State Stars, South Africa)
Defenders: Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), Samuel Inkoom (Dnipro, Ukraine), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege, Belgium), David Addy (Vitoria Guimaraes, Portugal), Jerry Akaminko (Eskisehirspor, Turkey), Rashid Sumaila (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Mohammed Awal (Maritzburg United, South Africa), Edwin Gyimah (SuperSport United, South Africa)
Midfielders: Michael Essien (Chelsea, England), Sulley Muntari (AC Milan, Italy), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy), Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese, Italy), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough, England), Mubarak Wakaso (Rubin Kazan, Russia), Christian Atsu (Vitesse Arnhem, Holland), Andre Ayew (Marseille, France)
Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE), Abdul Majeed Waris (Spartak Moscow, Russia), Kevin-Prince Boateng (Schalke, Germany) Jordan Ayew (Marseille, France), Dominic Adiyiah (Arsenal Kiev, Ukraine).

The aggregate winner will qualify for next year's final in Brazil and Ghana are heavy favourites to book their place.