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Soccer News of Saturday, 11 June 2011

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31 U23 players invited for camping

Ghana Under-23 coach Akwesi Appiah has named a strong 31-man squad to face Nigeria in the All Africa Games qualifier later this month.

Majority of the Under-20 team which won the World Youth Championship in Egypt two years ago have been blended with members from the 2011 unsuccessful squad.

Villarreal’s Wakaso Mubarak, France-based Charles Boateng, Jordan Ayew as well as Palermo’s Afriyie Acquah have been invited.

Andre Ayew, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Opoku Agyemang, Samuel Inkoom, Daniel Opare, David Addy, Rabiu Mohammed and Dominic Adiyiah are all included.

Fiorentina starlet Maxwell Boadi Acosty and Richmond Boakye-Yiadom will also have the chance to justify their place.

The squad composition is different from that one picked by former coach David Duncan whose team were kicked out of the London Olympic Games qualifiers by Sudan in March.

The team will begin camping at the Tema Sports Stadium on Monday.

Ghana squad:

Goalkeepers- Joseph Addo (Hearts of Lions) Daniel Agyei (Liberty Professions) Collins Addo ( New Edubiase).

Defenders- Daniel Addo (FC Zorya) Jonathan Mensah ( Udinese) Ibrahim Aziz ( AshGold) Daniel Opare ( Standard Liege) Michael Boakye (AshGold) Amos Frimpong (B/A Stars) Samuel Inkoom (Dnipro) David Addy (FC Porto) Massahudu Alhassan (Genoa) Daniel Gyamfi ( Liberty professionals) Sabato Mohammed (Asante Kotoko)

Midfielders- Edwin Gyimah (Wa All Stars) Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese) Afriyie Acquah (Palermo) Isaac Cofie (Piacenza) Rabiu Mohammed (Udinese) Abeiku Quansah (OG Nice) Andre Ayew (Olympique Marseille) Gladson Awako (B Chelsea) Wakaso Mubarak (Villarreal)

Strikers- Jordan Ayew (Olympique Marseille) Opoku Agyemang (Al Sadd) Maxwell Boadi Acosty, Charles Boateng (Reon) Dominic Adiyiah (AC Milan) Nathaniel Asamoah (Asante Kotoko) Richmond Boakye-Yiadom (Genoa)