Joseph Paintsil and Caleb Ekuban

Caleb Ekuban and Joseph Paintsil have been handed late call-ups to the Black Stars for this month friendly games against Mali and Qatar.

The two players have been invited to replace John Antwi and Lumor Agbenyenu after they failed to secure visas for the games in Turkey.

Ekuban is based in Turkey as he plays for Trabzonspor. It is the striker’s first Black Stars call-up after missing in the penalty shootout against Tunisia at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Paintsil also plays in Turkey for Ankaragücü on loan from Genk and he is returning to the team since his debut call-up in 2017.

The two are expected to join the team in Antalya latest by Tuesday to start preparations for the games.

The Black Stars of Ghana is expected to play the Eagles of Mali on Friday, October 9, 2020, before taking on the 2022 FIFA World Cup host, Qatar three days later.