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04.01.2010 Sports News

Mensah, Osei get Black Stars call

By Ghana FA
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Ghana has confirmed that defender John Mensah will miss the 2010 African Cup of Nations in Angola as injury forces his withdrawal.

The unavailability of Mensah and the refusal of Getafe to release Derek Boateng has forced Black Stars coach Milovan Rajevac into handing out late call ups to Jonathan Mensah and Ransford Osei, both members of FIFA Under-20 World Cup winning team.

Ghana's Nations Cup campaign which kicks off on January 11 against Togo in Group B has been hampered with injuries to key players.

The final days leading to the tournament has witnessed two high-profile withdrawals with John Mensah and John Paintsil joining Stephen Appiah and Laryea Kingston, who were both out injured before the Black Stars squad was announced.

Ghana squad
Goalkeepers: Richard Kingson (Wigan, England), Daniel Agyei (Liberty Professionals, Ghana), Philemon McCarthy (Hearts of Oak, Ghana)

Defenders: Hans Adu Sarpei (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany), Samuel Inkoom (Basel, Switzerland) Eric Addo (Roda JC, Holland) Isaac Vorsah (TSG Hoffenheim, Germany) Jonathan Mensah (Free State Stars, South Africa), Lee Addy (Bechem Chelsea, Ghana) Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia)

Midfielders: Ibrahim Ayew (Zamalek, Egypt) Michael Essien (Chelsea, England) Anthony Annan (Rosenborg, Norway), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Sampdoria, Italy), Opoku Agyemang (Al Sadd, Qatar) Kwadwo Asamoah (Udinese, Italy) Moussa Narry (Auxerre, France) Andre Ayew (Arles-Avagnon, France)

Attackers: Matthew Amoah (NAC Breda, Holland) Asamoah Gyan (Rennes, France), Dominic Adiyiah (Fredrikstad FK, Norway) Haminu Draman (Locomotiv Moscow, Russia) Ransford Osei (FC Twente, Holland)

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