Ghana dealt a blow as Raphael Dwamena withdraws

Ghana dealt a blow as Raphael Dwamena withdraws
Raphael Dwamena

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Aug 31, 2017. 19:00

Striker Raphael Dwamena will play no part in Ghana’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Congo after withdrawing from their squad.

The FC Zurich player has opted to stay in Switzerland to undergo tests, having failed a medical assessment with Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion last week.

Dwamena reportedly failed the medical with the Seagulls due to an issue with his heart, and he is seeking a second opinion on his health status.

A statement on the Ghana FA website read: “Raphael Dwamena pulls out of Ghana squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Congo. He is undergoing further medical tests in Switzerland.”

The Black Stars have called up Red Star Belgrade striker Richmond Boakye as a replacement.

Coach James Kwesi Appiah is also sweating on the fitness of defender John Boye, who will undergo tests on his thigh injury.

Ghana will host Congo in the teams’ first Group E match in Kumasi on Friday night, with the return set for Brazzaville next week Tuesday.

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