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Soccer News of Saturday, 10 October 2015


Agyemang-Badu to captain Ghana against Canada

Ghana midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu Ghana midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu

Udinese midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu is likely to be handed the armband to lead Ghana in Tuesday’s international friendly clash with Canada, has learnt.

The 24-year-old who missed the Black Stars’ 1-0 2017 AFCON qualifying triumph over Rwanda has returned to the side after recovering from injury and scoring twice for Udinese against AC Milan and Bologna in the Italian Serie A.

With substantive captain Asamoah Gyan and deputy Andre Ayew ruled out of the friendly with injuries, Badu who has worn the armband in the absence of the duo during official matches is widely tipped to be appointed by Avram Grant to lead the squad.

Badu has 62 Ghana senior appearances under his belt since making his debut against Lesotho in June 2008.

He scored his first goal for Ghana in a clash with Congo’s Red Devils three years later and has had his goal nominated for the FIFA Goal of the Year Award in 2012 with his bullet-like strike against Guinea.