Ayew brothers dropped by Ghana ahead of 2018 qualifier

Ayew brothers dropped by Ghana ahead of 2018 qualifier
Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Sep 27, 2017. 14:00

Brothers Jordan and Andre Ayew have been dropped from Ghana’s squad by coach James Kwesi Appiah ahead of a 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Uganda next month.

The Premier League players were not listed in Appiah’s 26-man preliminary squad.

The players were both absent from the Black Stars’ previous World Cup qualifier, a 5-1 away win against Congo Brazzaville earlier this month.

Swansea striker Jordan Ayew missed the match due to a stomach bug complaint, while West Ham attacking midfielder Andre Ayew withdrew due to injury.

Yet both players were in action in their clubs’ very next matches, and it is suggested that Appiah has grown tired of a perceived lack of dedication to the national team.

Another notable absentee is defender John Boye, while Daniel Opare has been called up for the first time in three years.

There are also five debutantes in the squad: Kingsley Sarfo of Swedish side Malmo, USA-based Abass Mohammed, Kasim Nuhu of Swiss club Young Boys, Hearts of Oak defender Vincent Atinga and Inter Allies ace Isaac Twum.

The latter two, along with third-choice goalkeeper Joseph Addo, were a part of the Ghana ‘B’ squad which won the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations (a regional West African tournament) earlier this month.

The squad will be cut to 23 players before Ghana head out to Kampala for their penultimate Group E match on October 7.

Ghana’s 26-man World Cup qualifying squad:

GOALKEEPERS: Richard Ofori (Martizburg,South Africa), Lawrence Ati (Sochaux, France), Joseph Addo (Aduana Stars)

DEFENDERS: Defenders: Harrison Afful (Columbus,USA), Daniel Opare (Augsburg, Germany) Agbenyenu Lumor (Portimonese, Portugal), Abass Mohammed (Harrisburg City, USA), Kasim Nuhu (Young Boys, Switzerland), Daniel Amartey (Leicester,England), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew,USA), Nicholas Opoku (Club Africain, Tunisia), Vincent Atinga (Hearts of Oak)

MIDFIELDERS: Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Joseph Attamah (Bakaksehir, Turkey), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Kingsley Sarfo (Malmo, Sweden) Alfred Duncan (Sassuolo FC, Italy), Ebenezer Ofori (Stuttgart, Germany), Thomas Agyepong (NAC Breda, Holland), Frank Acheampong (Tianjin TEDA, China), Isaac Twum (Inter Allies), Patrick Twumasi (Astana FC, Kazakhtan)

FORWARDS: Asamoah Gyan (Kayerispor, Turkey), Raphael Dwamena (FC Zurich, Switzerland), John Antwi (Misr Lel-Makkasa, Egypt), Richmond Boakye Yiadom (Crvena Zvezda, Serbia)

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