Soccer News of Thursday, 31 December 2009
Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac has handed late call-ups to youth internationals Ransford Osei and Jonathan Mensah completing his final squad for next month's African Cup of Nations in Angola.
The duo will replace John Painstil and John Mensah who missed the tournament due to injuries.
FC Twente striker Osei replaced Derek Boateng whose late invitation to take the place of John Painstil was rejected by his Getafe coach.
He scored four goals the Fifa Under-20 World Cup helped Ghana to win gold but emerged top-scorer at the African Championship in early February.
Mensah was a typified member in the Black Satellites backline that beat Brazil on penalties to win the tournament.
He fits the central defence role like a glove in the absence of Sunderland defender John Mensah who has been sidelined due to hamstring injury.
Their inclusions increase the rank of Under-20 players to eight for the biggest showpiece on the continent. Ghana will submits its final list on Friday to caf
This completes Ghana's final 23-man squad for the African Cup of Nations and the list will be submitted to Caf on Friday.
Ghana are in Group B and play Togo on 11 January before matches against Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso.
Goalkeepers: Richard Kingson (Wigan, England), Daniel Agyei (Liberty Professionals, Ghana), Philemon McCarthy (Hearts of Oak, Ghana)
Defenders: Jonathan Mensah (Udinese, Italy), Hans Adu Sarpei (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany), Samuel Inkoom (Basel, Switzerland) Eric Addo (Roda JC, Holland) Isaac Vorsah (TSG Hoffenheim, Germany), Lee Addy (Bechem Chelsea, Ghana) Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia)
Midfielders: Ibrahim Ayew (Zamalek, Egypt) Michael Essien (Chelsea, England) Anthony Annan (Rosenborg, Norway), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Opoku Agyemang (Al Sadd, Qatar) Kwadwo Asamoah (Udinese, Italy) Moussa Narry (Auxerre, France) Andre Ayew (Arles-Avagnon, France)
Attackers: Matthew Amoah (NAC Breda, Holland) Asamoah Gyan (Rennes, France), Dominic Adiyiah (Fredrikstad FK, Norway) Haminu Draman (Locomotiv Moscow, Russia), Ransford Osei (FC Twente, Holland).