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01.08.2009 Football News

Appiah, Muntari, Return To Face Zambia

By Daily Guide
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BLACK STARS coach, Milovan Rajevac has named a strong squad to face Zambia in a friendly in two weeks time.

Ghanasoccernet revealed yesterday that the Serbian has named the captain, Stephen Appiah, Sulley Muntari and Laryea Kingston to the squad that crushed Mali and Sudan in the World Cup qualifiers.

The trio missed the qualifiers in June for various reasons, but in their absence youngsters like Kwadwo Asamoah, Opoku Agyemang and Prince Tagoe have equally excelled.

The Black Stars secured massive away wins against Mali and Sudan, and the coach has further boosted the squad with the inclusion of these three key players to play against the Chipolopolo in London.

The game at Brisbane Road, home of Leyton Orient, is scheduled for August 12 and will see players like Richard Kingson, John Pantsil, John Mensah and in-form Matthew Amoah in action.

The 18-man squad also includes Haminu Draman and Eric Bekoe, who are both on stand-by.

The Black Stars are comfortably sitting on top of Group D in their World Cup qualifiers with a perfect record; a win against Zambia will further enhance their reputation as the toughest team on the continent so far this year.   Squad

Goalkeepers: Richard Kingston (Wigan Athletic, England), George Owu (Al Masry, Egypt)

Defenders: John Paintsil (Fulham, England), Samuel Inkoom (Basel FC, Switzerland), Harrison Afful (Asante Kotoko, Ghana), John Mensah (Lyon, France), Eric Addo (Roda JC, Holland) Isaac Vorsah (Hoffeinham, Germany)

Midfielders: Stephen Appiah (Unattached), Michael Essien (Chelsea, England), Anthony Annan (Rosenborg, Norway), Sulley Muntari (Inter Milan, Italy) Kwadwo Asamoah (Udinese, Italy), Laryea Kingston, (Hearts, Scotland) Opoku Agyemang (Al Sadd, Qatar), Haminu Draman (Russia)

Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Rennes, France), Mathew Amoah (NAC Breda, Holland), Prince Tagoe (Hoffeinham, Germany) and Eric Bekoe (Petrojet, Egypt)

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