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27.04.2006 General News

Ghana to name WC squad May 12, 8 places for grabs

By myjoyonline
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Joy Sports gathers that Ghana would name her final 23-man squad for the World Cup squad on May 12.

Coach Ratomir Dujkovic says there are eight places up for grabs in his squad for the World Cup.

All 32 world cup participating countries are expected to submit their squad list by May 15, the day set by soccer governing body, FIFA.

Dujkovic yesterday led the Stars to a 1-1 draw with German Bundesliga side VFB Stuttgart as he continues scouting for the remaining eight.

Only two of the Serbian's trusted fifteen stars - goal scorer, Otto Addo who plays for German side, Mainz 05 and Red Star Belgrade's Haminu Dramani featured in Wednesday's game.

Dujkovic in an interview with the local bi-weekly Africa Sports newspaper, said the criteria for his 'selected fifteen' was based on consistency over a long period, discipline, technical and tactical abilities as well as dedication to the cause of the Black Stars.

“I have fifteen stars who played their hearts out throughout our World Cup qualifiers.

“They showed great commitment to the nation and need to be given the opportunity to carry on with their good work.

“Eight slots are up for grabs and I hope those invited would battle strongly for the available positions.”

The selected fifteen are; Goalkeepers, Sammy Adjei and George Owu, John Painstil, John Mensah, Osei Kuffour, Addoquaye Pappoe, Issa Ahmed, Michael Essien, Otto Addo, Matthew Amoah, Sulley Muntari, Asamoah Gyan Hans Adu Sarpei, Haminu Dramani and Stephen Appiah barring any injuries would be part of Ghana's World Cup party.

Dujkovic says he is still observing Patrick Agyemang, Lloyd Owusu, Fred Benson and Sam Johnson.

But the Serbian manager claims that PSV Eindhoven's Eric Addo would one of his key men at the World Cup.