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Confirmed: 18-man Ghana squad for Japan friendlies after several withdrawals

It has been confirmed that only an 18-man Ghana squad will represent the country at the 2022 Kirin Soccer Cup four-nation tournament in Japan.

The Black Stars arrived in the Asian country on Wednesday without several players who have withdrawn from the squad for the tournament.

Ghana take on the host country in the semi-finals of the 21st edition of the international friendly tournament at the Noevir Stadium Kobe in Kobe on Friday.

Otto Addo’s side will later face either Chile or Tunisia in the 3rd place playoff or in the finals on Tuesday at the Panasonic Stadium Suita in Osaka.

First choice goalkeeper Jojo Wollacot, Gideon Mensah, Jonathan Mensah, Richard Ofori, Antoine Selorm Semenyo and Elisha Owusu didn’t travel with the team to Japan for the two friendlies.

There are other players who also withdrew from the team due injuries, ailments or permission to return to their clubs to hold talks over a possible move away this summer transfer.

The players left for the four-nation tournament are as follows:

Goalkeepers

12 Lawrence Ati Jigi (FC St. Gallen / Switzerland) 1 Abdul Manaf Nurudene (KAS Eupen / Belgium )

Defenders 11 Mubarak Wakaso (Shenzhen FC / China) 2 Andrew Yiadom (Reading FC / England) 17 Abdul Rahman Baba (Reading FC / England) 18 Daniel Amatei (LeicesterCity / England) 5 Dennis Nkrumah Korsah (Hearts Of Oak / Ghana) 3 Alidu Seidu (Clermont Foot 63 / France)

Midfielders  10 Andre Morgan Ayew  (Alsad / Qatar) 6 Edmund Addo (FC Sheriff Tiraspol / Moldova) 7 Abdul Fatawu (Sporting Lisbon / Portugal) 20 Kudus Mohammed (Ajax Amsterdam / Netherlands) 15 Christopher Antwi (SC Padderborn 07 / Germany)

Forwards 9 Jordan Pierre Ayew (Crystal Palace / England) 23 Kwesi Okyere Wriedt (Holstein Kiel / Germany) 19 Benjamin Tetteh (Jeni Malatya Spor / Turkey) 14 Daniel Afriyie Barnieh (Hearts of Oak / Ghana) 13 Felix Ohene Afena Gyan (AS Roma / Italy)

Credit: Ghanasoccernet

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