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Soccer News of Monday, 18 March 2013

Source: MTNFootball

Ghana players hit form ahead of Sudan game

Ghana players invited for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Sudan have hit top form ahead of their arrival in the country from today for the match in Kumasi.
Several players invited by coach Kwesi Appiah for the match were prominent in action for their clubs in Europe just hours before they arrive in Accra to prepare for the crucial game.
Sweden-based striker David Accam, who will be joining the Black Stars for the first time, was the toast of fans in Helsingborg fans after scoring twice in their 3-1 win over Gefle in the Swedish Cup game.
Ghana fans will be expecting the youngster who will be joining up with the squad on Monday to replicate his form in Sweden to help defeat the Sudanese.
Home-based striker Mahatma Otoo capped an eventful week after his first call-up to the Black Stars squad on Tuesday by scoring in the Ghana Premier League over the weekend.
The Hearts of Oak striker helped the Phobians to a 3-1 win against Berekum Arsenals on Sunday at the Accra Sports Stadium and will join the Black Stars on Monday in full confidence.
TP Mazembe trio of Richard Kissi Boateng, Yaw Frimpong and Solomon Asante are expected in the country on Monday after helping their DR Congo club to win away in the African Champions League on Saturday. Boateng and Asante played in the game in Botswana while Frimpong was not in action.
The defenders in the Black Stars squad for the match against the Nile Crocodiles were also active for their clubs debutants Baba Rahman, John Boye, Harrison Afful and Awal Mohammed were all in action for their clubs abroad.
‘Tired’ Isaac Vorsah was rested by his club Red Bull Salzburg in Austria as he was not even named in their starting line up in the 2-2 draw with SV Ried while Jonathan Mensah was on the bench of Evian in the 2-1 away win over Lille.
Mensah’s compatriot Rabiu Mohammed was in action in midfield for Evian in the game. Several other key Ghana midfielders were in excellent shape including returnee Sulley Muntari who helped AC Milan in their 2-0 win over Palermo. Agyemang Badu was also in fulltime action for Udinese, Mubarak Wakaso was instrumental in Espanyol’s win on Sunday and so was Albert Adomah.
Kwadwo Asamoah was on the bench for Juventus but the only concern for Kwesi Appiah will Chrsitian Atsu who was injured in the early parts of Porto’s 1-1 away draw against Maritimo.
For the strikers Accam and Otoo were on the scoring sheet while Abdul Majeed Waris was only a second-half substitute for Spartak Moscow. Captain Asamoah Gyan played in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday before flying out for his mum funeral over the weekend.
The performances and fitness of the players should delight coach Kwesi Appiah as he meets his players from Monday evening ahead of Tuesday training session in Accra before the team flies out to Kumasi.