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Black Stars arrive in Houston


The Black Stars arrived in Texas on Saturday night for early preparations for this week’s international friendlies against Mexico and the United States.

The delegation from Accra, led by Ghana FA vice-president George Afriyie, arrived in Houston, the venue for Wednesday match against Mexico.

Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah named 22 players for the two matches and travelled with most of the players from Accra.

Five players from the local league were included in the squad with three players playing in outfield position as Hearts of Oak playmaker Winful Cobbinah leading the home-based players.

The six players in the team who play in the Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United Stars will join the team from Sunday night because of club duties.

Most of the MLS player in the Black Stars were in action for their clubs this weekend but will join latest by Monday to give coach Kwesi Appiah his full squad.

Striker David Accam, Mohammed Abu, Kwadwo Poku and Gershon Koffie who were not part of the team that defeated Ethiopia have been handed calls by coach Appiah.

Jonathan Mensah and Harrison Afful who were in the team that defeated Ethiopia will also join the side by Monday to ensure the Black Stars have a full house.

Captain Asamoah Gyan led the squad of 16 players from Accra and they will start their training on Sunday afternoon in Houston.

The Black Stars will play Mexico on Wednesday, June 28 at Houston’s NRG Stadium.

The four-time African champions will face the United States second friendly three days later at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in Connecticut.


Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Addo Joseph (Aduana Stars) and Richard Ofori (Wa All Stars)

Defenders: Lumor Agbenyenu (Munich 1860, Germany),Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew),  Nicholas Opoku (Berekum Chelsea), Jerry Akaminko ( Eskiserhispor, Turkey),  John Boye (Sivasspor, Turkey), Rashid Sumalia (Al Gharafa, Qatar), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew, USA), Samuel Sarfo (Liberty, Ghana)

Midfielders: Mohammed Abu (Columbus Crew, USA), Isaac Sackey (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Ofori Ebenezer (Stuttgart, Germany), Kwadwo Poku (FC Miami), Winful Kwaku Cobbinah (Hearts of Oak), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium), Thomas Agyepong (NAC Breda, Holland), Gershon Koffie (New England Revolution)

Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Al Alhi, UAE), Raphael Dwamena (FC Zurich, Switzerland), Majeed Abdul Waris (Lorient FC, France) and David Accam (Chicago Fire)

Source: Ghana Football Association (GFA)

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