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22.03.2007 Football News

Fresh call-ups for Ghana

By gfa
Fresh call-ups for Ghana

Injuries to Stephen Appiah and Michael Essien has prompted the call-up of two Olympic team players into the Ghana squad for the double header friendly with Austria and Brazil.

A third goalkeeper has also been added to the team for the upcoming friendly matches.

Black Stars coach, Claude Le Roy has drafted IK Start's Anthony Annan and Egaleo midfielder, Bernard Yao Kumordzi (pictured) into Ghana's squad as replacements for the injured duo.

Liberty Professionals goalkeeper, Patrick Antwi, also a member of the Olympic team has been handed a call up, thus increasing the goalkeeping choice to three.

All three players, members of the Olympic team, the Black Meteors would be in line to mark their debut with the Black Stars.

The call up of a third goalkeeper has increased the local component in the team to two whiles the squad numbers shoots up to 21 from an initial 20.

Stephen Appiah suffered a thigh strain while playing for Fenerbahce over the weekend in their 4-0 win of Bursaspor in the Turkish league.

The Black Stars captain, after under-going MRI scans on Monday was given a two-week time off.

Michael Essien, who has missed Chelsea's last two games against Sheffield United in a league game and Monday's FA Cup quarter final replay against Tottenham through injury, is also ruled out for Ghana's games.

The midfielder would be out of action for three weeks after picking up a knee injury while playing for Chelsea in the first leg tie against Tottenham at the Stamford Bridge.

Ghana coach, Claude Le Roy initially named a 20-man squad for the upcoming friendly fixtures later this month.

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