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Sports News of Monday, 25 March 2019


'Players to audition for AFCON places against Mauritania' - Kwesi Appiah

Black Stars head coach, Kwesi Appiah, says Tuesday’s friendly against Mauritania in Accra is to help him observe more players and make decisions on his final squad for the AFCON.

The team finished top of the qualifying group after beating Kenya 1-0 on Saturday thanks to an 81st minute goal from debutant Caleb Ekuban.

While most observers and and the Black Stars head coach believe that will some names will certainly be on the flight to Egypt in June, Kwesi Appiah has given hope to fringe players especially strikers and Tuesday’s match will be their chance to make their case.

“From the start, I kept saying that the games against Kenya and Mauritania would be used to assess some of the players I not 100 percent sure of. We are going to the AFCON and so, it is important that we know the player we will pick.

This is the last time I will be calling players and it is important that we bring in some new strikers so we decide whether they are better than the ones we have. Some of the players have featured against Kenya and others will play on Tuesday and I will make sure they play so we can take a decision on them.”

Ghana has been placed in Pot 1 for the AFCON draw and they have Egypt, Tunisia, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon and Senegal for company.

The draw comes off on April 12 in Cairo, Egypt.