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In form Jonathan Mensah back as Coach Akonnor names new keeper in Black Stars squad for World Cup qualifiers

K.A.S. Eupen of Belgium goalkeeper, Abdul Manaf Nurudeen is the shock inclusion in Black Stars helmsman, Charles Akonnor’s 30-man squad for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia and South Africa next month.

The 22-year-old has been handed an opportunity after impressing in the Belgian top-flight.

There is also a recall for Columbus Crew defender Jonathan Mensah – who is returning to the side after a 25 months absence.

Hearts of Oak goalkeeper Richard Attah and forward Afriyie Barnieh both get debut call-ups for the double-header in September.

Akonnor has picked a provisional 30-man squad for the cracking game in Cape Coast and Johannesburg, also handing a call up to Sturm Graz of Austria’s Kelvin Yeboah.

There are also recalls for Majeed Ashimeru who had been in the international wilderness but are back in favour.

But there is no place for Asante Kotoko goalkeeper Razak Abalora who had hopes to be in as Richard Attah got the edge.

Stade Rennes star Kamaldeen Sulemana gets another shot at international action after he previously turned down chances to play in international friendlies against Morocco and Ivory Coast.

Ghana are scheduled to host Group G opponents Ethiopia on Friday, September 3 in Cape Coast in the Central Region before playing South Africa on Monday, September 6, 2021 in Johannesburg.


  1. Richard Ofori – Orlando Pirates FC – South Africa
  2. Lawrence Ati Zigi – St. Galen FC – Switzerland
  3. Manaf Nurudeen – Kas Eupen – Belgium
  4. Richard Atta– Hearts of Oak – Ghana
    1. nson Anang – Zilina FC – Slovakia
    2. Yiadom Andrew – Reading FC – England
    3. Baba Abdul Rahman – Chelsea FC – UK
    4. Gideon Mensah – FC Girondins Bordeaux – France
    5. Baffour Philimon – Dreams FC – Ghana


    1. Alexander Djiku – RC Strasbourg – France
    2. Daniel Amartey – Leicester City FC- England
    3. Ismael Ganiyu – Asante Kotoko – Ghana
    4. Jonathan Mensah – Columbus Crew – USA


    1. Mubarak Wakaso – Shenzhen – China
    2. Iddrisu Baba – RCD Mallorca – Spain
    3. Thomas Partey – Arsenals FC – England
    4. Emmanuel Lomotey – Amiens FC – France


    1. Joel Fameye – Orenburg FC – Russia
    2. Samuel Owusu – Al Fayhad – Saudi Arabia
    3. Gyasi Emmanuel – Spezia – Italy
    4. Kamal Deen Sulemana – Rennes FC – France
    5. Tariq Fosu – Henry – Brentford FC – England
    6. Isahaku Fatawu – Steadfast FC – Ghana


    1. Afriyie Banieh – Hearts of Oak – Ghana
    2. Kudus Mohamed – Ajax FC – Holland
    3. Majeed Ashimeru – RSC Anderlecht- Belgium


    1. Andre Ayew – Al Saad – Qatar
    2. Jordan Ayew – Crystal Palace – England
    3. Kwame Opoku – USM Algiers – Algeria
    4. Kelvin Yeboah – Sturm Graz – Austria

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