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Sports News of Tuesday, 21 August 2018


'Leaked' Black Stars squad is fake - Kwesi Appiah

Black Stars coach, Kwesi Appiah play videoBlack Stars coach, Kwesi Appiah

Head Coach of Ghana's Senior National male football team, Kwesi Appiah has denied releasing his official Black Stars squad for the 2019 AFCON qualifier against Kenya on September 8. He has thus called on the public to disregard any list making the rounds on social media, describing it as fake.

Last week Thursday, news broke that Appiah had named his squad for the qualifier with rumors rife that Inter Milan midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah has agreed to return to the team after his four years absence while the Ayew brothers and Captain Asamoah Gyan have been dropped from the Black Stars team for the match to be played in Nairobi.

The supposed leaked squad list also showed that coach Kwesi Appiah had named three debutantes Obeng Reagan, Joseph Aidoo and Ernest Ohemeng for the match and for the first time in many years the Coach did not include a local based player in the list due to the halt of all football activities in the country.

But in an exclusive interview with Ghanaweb TV, coach Kwesi Appiah denied issuance of the leaked Black Stars squad.

"The thing is I don't know who brought the list out, we've not brought our list out, hopefully by tomorrow or Wednesday the list will be out. But as to who brought the list out I don't know," Kwesi Appiah told Ghanaweb TV on Monday during the launch of the J.A. Kufuor Foundation Cup.

Ghana remain top of the table in Group F of the 2019 AFCON qualifiers after defeating Ethiopia 5-0 in June at the Baba Yara Stadium.