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16.03.2005 Football News

Faisal names 16 players for Senegal match

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Accra, March 16, GNA - Sixteen players would carry the hope of in-form Alhaji Karim Grunsa's King Faisal when they trek as guest of ASC Ndiambour of Senegal in their return leg of the Confederation Cup match billed for Dakar on Sunday, March 20.

The sixteen-man team led by hit-man, Eric Gawu would be expected to make their qualification into the next stage of the competition double sure with a convincing result though they carry into the game a 3-1 advantage chalked in the first leg in Kumasi.

The team has pitched camp in the capital, Accra from their Kumasi-base today ahead of their trip on Thursday and has coach Francis Oti Akenteng leading the technical team.

The only notable absentee would be influential Abubakar Yahuza, currently nursing an injury, which the GNA Sports learnt would keep him out of action for close to six weeks.

Yahuza who returned from a two-week abortive trials' in Germany, picked the injury from the camp of the Black Stars who are currently preparing for their crucial World Cup qualifier slated for Kinshasa against the Democratic Republic of Congo next weekend.

Coach Oti-Akenteng is however optimistic that the sixteen, which include goalkeepers Suraju Mohammed and Abubakari Kankani, would topple their opponents irrespective of the level of opposition they may present.

Though the former national coach made room for surprises in the globular leather, he said he was convinced that his squad that would parade the likes of Nana Kwasi Bobie Ansah, Habib Mohammed, Iddi Yahaya and Shilla Illiasu at the rear is hungry for success and would do whatever it takes to remain in contention.

Faisal are determined to ride on the hard work of Prince Antwi, Kwabena Poku, petit Ben Wilson, Gawu, Alhassan Sumaila, Joseph Asumani, Osei Kofi, Anthony Kankam, Mark Komodo and Richard Adjei to record yet another victory come Sunday.

He expressed the conviction that Gawu and Sumaila who grabbed all the three goals in the Kumasi match would again put their names on the score sheet to seal victory for the team.

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