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21.09.2004 Football News

Arday invites Bortey and Muntari

By GNA
Arday invites Bortey and Muntari

Accra, Sept 21, GNA - Coach Sam Arday, the stopgap coach of the senior national team, the Black Stars has named rejuvenated Bernard Don Bortey and Sule Ali Muntari into his list for the Stars World Cup match against DR Congo on October 10.

The coach, according to a statement from the Ghana Football Association (GFA) copied to the GNA Sports named 20 players who are to start camping at the Kumasi Sports Stadium on October (3rd) third for the crucial World Cup qualifier.

The list, which is not a clear departure from the squad of former coach Mariano Barreto however contains three players - Issah Ahmed, Yusif Alhassan Chipsah and Eric Gawa who are making their debut appearance with the Stars.

The major surprise in the team is the invitation of rejuvenated Hearts of Oak's Don Bortey and Muntari who are making their return into the team after some time out.

In the case of Muntari, the player is making a come back into the national team after he resigned from the international game when he was sacked from the Black Meteors team prior to the just ended Athens Olympics games.

Muntari is said to have apologised to the GFA, hence rescinding his decision to quit the international game.

In the case of Bortey, his form dipped considerably after his alleged theft case in Israel whilst on trials with Maccabi Tel Aviv but has in recent times picked up his performance.

The Black Stars are currently on top of Group 2 of the Africa/World Cup qualifying series on a superior goal difference from DR Congo. Below is the list of 20 players, made up of 10 local and 10 foreign-based players for the Stars team.

Goalkeepers: Sammy Adjei (Club Africain, Tunisia) George Owu (Kotoko).

Defenders: Daniel Quaye and Daniel Coleman (Hearts) Issah Ahmed (Kotoko) Samuel Osei Kuffour (Bayern Munich, Germany) John Mensah (Chivo Verona, Italy) Emmanuel Addoquaye Pappoe (Ashdod, Italy).

Midfielders: William Teiro, Charles Taylor and Yusif Chipsah (Kotoko) Hamza Mohammed and Eric Gawu (King Faisal) Bernard Don Bortey (Hearts) Michael Essien (Lyon, France)

Attackers: Stephen Appiah, (Juventus, Italy) Sulley Ali Muntari (Udinese, Italy) Baffour Gyan, (Lokomotive Moscow, Russia) Ibrahim Tanko (Freiburg, Germany) and Kwadwo Poku (Mitdjyland, Denmark)

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