Black Stars caretaker coach, Kwasi Appiah, in charge for the first time since the departure of Milovan Rajevac has called up two uncapped local players- Emmanuel Clottey and Seth Owusu- while maintaining goalkeeper Isaac Amoako.

The October 10 Nations Cup qualifier against The Sudan is Coach Appiah’s biggest test yet, and the decision to invite Bechem Chelsea’s striker, Clottey, and Kessben defender, Owusu, is perhaps to make a strong statement for local coaches as being on top of issues.

But he will appear more convincing if he gives the invitees the chance to demonstrate their capability and provide equal platform for each player to exhibit his God-given talent without necessarily looking at names.

Indeed, Clottey’s invitation is long overdue. He should have featured for the Stars some three season’s ago when he was a key ingredient in the Accra Great Olympics set-up together with Emmanuel Addoquaye Addo.

At a point in time, the striker was in the race for the top scorer award until he travelled, though unsuccessful, to seek greener pastures before resurfacing on the local scene to play briefly for relegated Tema Youth. And it was the same Clottey whose controversial registration with Youth led to the relegation of-the Tema-based club.

Seth Owusu, on the hand, has been quiet, yet very strong, as one of the gate keepers for Kessben, together with Joseph Hendricks and could aptly be described as one of the success stories of Coach Bashir Hayford.

A well-built stopper, Owusu although virtually unknown by fans, could pose a great challenge to Isaac Vorsah and, in particular Lee Addy, at the rear.

Coach Appiah’s apparent introduction of competition into the team, with no regard to the country a player is practising his trade, has been described by connoisseurs as “refreshing.”

The 20-man squad for the CAN 2012 to be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea has barely two week to gel for the big task ahead.

Ghana defeated the Sudanese back-to-back at the last qualifiers, including a 0-3, home loss, and Appiah is grateful most of the actors who were part of that mission are still around. In particular skipper John Mensah who returned after missing the opening group game against Swaziland and Kwadwo Asamoah are still active.

And with the inclusion of the Ayew brothers – Dede and Jordan – and Emmanuel Agyeman Badu, as well as veteran goalkeeper Richard Kingson, Coach Appiah cannot afford to stumble in his first major test.

Ghana is in Group One together with Swaziland, Congo and The Sudan.

The Stars top the group after beating Swaziland 3-0 away at the Somhlolo Stadium in Lobamba and look set to extend their lead at the pack with a home win against The Sudan.

Coach Appiah’s squad is made up of: Goalkeepers Richard Kingson (Blackpool, England), Isaac Amoako (Asante Kotoko, Ghana)

Defenders: John Paintsil (Fulham, England) Samuel Inkoom (Basel, Switzerland) Hans Adu-Sarpei (Schalke 04, Germany), Lee Addy (Red Star Bellgrade, Serbia) Jonathan Mensah (Granada, Spain) Isaac Vorsah (Hoffenheim, Germany) John Mensah (Sunderland, England) Seth Owusu (Kessben FC, Ghana)

Midfielders: Anthony Annan (Rosenborg, Norway), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udiinese, Italy), Kwadwo Asamoah (Udinese, Italy) Andre Ayew (Marseille, France) Kevin-Prince Boateng (AC Milan, Italy) Bernard Kumordzi (Panionios FC, Greece)

Attackers: Asamoah Gyan (Sunderland, England), Emmanuel Clottey (Berekum Chelsea, Ghana) Prince Tagoe (Hoffenheim, Germany) Jordan Ayew (Marseille, France).

Source: Graphic Sports


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