Black Stars: Addo names Ayew brothers, Kudus & 23 others for Nigeria’s friendly

AFCON 2023: Partey out, Ayew in as Hughton reveals Ghana’s final 27-man squad list

The newly re-appointed head coach of the Ghana national team, Otto Addo, has called upon Andrew and Jordan Ayew, Mohammed Kudus, and 23 other players in his 26-man squad to face Nigeria and Uganda in their upcoming international friendlies.

The 48-year-old, who led the Black Stars to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, has recalled Brighton and Hove Albion full-back Tariq Lamptey, who was absent from the nation’s 2023 African Cup of Nations squad due to injury.

Addo has also handed maiden call-ups to five players, including Bolivia-based David Akologo, Nordsjaellands’ Ibrahim Osman, France-based Nathaniel Adjei, Diomande Mohammed of Rangers, and home-based goalkeeper Frederick Asare of Asante Kotoko.

Notable omissions include Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey, who asked to be excused from the game so as to gain full fitness having just recovered from recent injuries; Spain-based Inaki Williams, who pulled out of the friendlies to recover from injuries; and Joseph Painstil, who is unable to travel outside the United States pending the completion of his immigration documentation process.

Addo also called upon left-back Patrick Kpozo, 20-year-old Leicester City winger Abdul Fatawu Issahaku, and Osman Bukari of Red Star Belgrade.

Ghana will face AFCON 2023 finalists and West African neighbour, Nigeria’s Super Eagles on Friday, March 22. Four days later, the Black Stars will be in action once again against the Cranes of Uganda.

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