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09.09.2005 Football News

Black Stars squad to be reshuffled

Black Stars squad to be reshuffled

... Isaac Boakye to be Dropped Accra, Sept 9, GNA - Ratomir "Doya" Djukovic, the national Black Stars coach is to embark on a minor reshuffle on the team, ahead of what he describes as a vital decider against Cape Verde in October.

The Serbian intends reintroducing three players into the squad that won 2-0 against the Cranes of Uganda, last Sunday at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi for the Cape Verde game, that according to the world soccer governing body, FIFA can make or mar the chances of the Stars towards their maiden World Cup appearance in Germany next summer.

The tactician told the GNA Sports that Italy-based Asamoah Gyan who missed the South Africa and Uganda matches would be available for the next game billed for Sunday, October 9.

Gyans' call up came as a result of what is seen as Isaac Boakye's unimpressive performance in the last game against Uganda.

The young striker until his exit from the team was the team's leading scorer with goals against DR Congo, Uganda and Cape Verde in the first leg qualifiers.

Also expected to command a first team place is Udinese star, Sully Ali Muntari, an influential winger whose place was taken by Daniel Edusie in the last game due to his one match suspension.

"I'm very passionate and glad about Muntari's return. He is such a special and important player who would provide us many advantages".

Muntari's inclusion would be very crucial to our tactics against Cape Verde and I am very happy that he has come at the right time when we need him most".

The former Rwanda coach told the GNA Sports that he fancies the sanity, stability and advantage that the left footer would present the team when the Stars line-up in search of at least a point to seal qualification to Germany.

With the sole aim of strengthening every department of the team, Accra Hearts of Oak's ace defender, Dan Quaye may also be offered a chance for his debut for the Stars since the Serbian took charge late last year.

'Doya', described the defender's current performance as satisfactory, expressing the conviction that Quaye's introduction at the rear, which previously had John Mensah, Emmanuel Addoquaye Pappoe, John Painstil and Issah Ahmed would tactically favour the team.

His inclusion however remains a guess as to whom the Phobian would be replacing at the defence, though it's obvious that Quaye who has excelled in every department at the rear might be assigned to the flanks where Pappoe and Painstil have so far remained regulars.

The last time Quaye played for the Stars was the 3-0 historic first leg win over the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Kumasi under the reign of Portuguese coach, Mariano Barreto.