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Players Grant must consider ahead of AFCON 2017

Players Grant must consider ahead of AFCON 2017
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Most of the Ghanaian population has called on Isreali manager, Avram Grant to open his net wide concerning player selection for national team assignments.

A lot has also made comments on lack of competition in the stars set up. Former Black Stars captain, Stephen ‘Tonaldo’ Appiah and other legends of the land made this call after Ghana’s horrible split of points at Tamele when we played Uganda.

Claims have been made of some current Black Stars inability to earn game action their various teams and has called on the gaffer to augment his squad by inviting new legs into the Stars team.

Injury situation of Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah and Dede Ayew will be a major blow to the Stars. Luckily enough, there are reports of Andre returning before the tournament. But will Dede be fit enough for CAN 2017 immediately after injury comeback?

There are also claims of non inclusion of of local players into the Ghana team. There were a lot of blistering performance from some gifted players in the 205/20 Ghana Premier League. Ghanaian’s has called for the inclusion of such players into the team.

Ahead of the biggest tournament on the continent, has lined up some great Ghanaian performers both in and out of the country that needs to be considered.

Timothy Fosu Mensah

Evans Timothy Fosu (born 2 January 1998) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder, centre-back or full-back for English club Manchester United.

Born in Amsterdam to Ghanaian parents, Fosu-Mensah began his career with Ajax before moving to England in 2014. Fosu-Mensah has played for

Manchester United’s youth teams in a variety of positions, including centre-back, left-back and central midfield.

He made his professional debut at left-back on 28 February 2016 in a 3–2 Premier League win at home to Arsenal, coming on as a 55th-minute substitute for Marcos Rojo and has since featured in 15 games both under Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.

Having played at under-15, under-16, under-17 and under-19 level for the Netherlands in 35 games with a goal to his credit from deep positions.

Fosu-Mensah was rewarded for his performances for Manchester United with his first call-up to the senior team for friendlies against the Republic of Ireland, Poland and Austria.

The 6 ft 3 inches youngster is also eligible to play for Ghana as he qualifies through his parents.

He has played 35 games for the whole Mancester United set up since he joined the club scoring once and providing 3 assists.

A total of 3 games this term with 144 minutes of game time in EFL Cup with Northampton Town and Europa League against Fenerbahce and Zorya Luhansk but saw no action as he sat on bench as United played Feyenoord only.

Fosu is yet to make a mark in the much fancied Premier League as he has been on the bench once this term when United played at home with Leicester on September 24.

Yet, Ghana can use this as an opportunity to tie the young man down for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Kelvin Prince Boateng (age 29, 6 March 1987)

Boateng started his club career with the club Reinickendorfer Füchse in early 1994 at age six prior to signing for Hertha BSC on 1 July 1994 at the age of seven but has been a household name playing for Tottenham Hotspur, Borussia Dortmund, Portsmouth, Milan, Schalke 04 before signing for Spanish La Liga side UD Las Palmas this summer transfer.

Boateng played for Germany U19, U20 and U21 before committing his senior international career to Ghana on 7 May 2010 for 2010 World Cup in June at South Africa.

From there, his inclusion in the Black Stars has been a mess both to the player and the nation at large. Retirement in November 2011 citing fatigue, missing the 2012 and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations but was called back to feature in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification play-offs against Egypt and the tournament proper as well in Brazil.

Boateng was sent home and suspended from the Ghana squad for disciplinary reasons, only hours before the final group match against Portugal, after he was alleged to have verbally abused former manager James Kwesi Appiah during a team meeting. Boateng was sent home along with midfielder Sulley Muntari but hit back at the Ghana Football Association, describing the Black Stars’ organization during the tournament as “amateurish”.

The enigma, Prince, has featured in a 7 games this season in 405 minutes with a goal on his debut, another against Granada the following week and Villareal on October 23. He has seen 3 yellow cards and a red card against Real Sociedad which ruled him out of his sides clash with Real Madrid.

Boateng has never featured for Ghana in a tournament on an African soil but he has recorded amazing statistics since joining Las Palmas.

Will it be necessary to recall him back to the Black Stars?

Emmanuel Boateng (age 22, January 17, 1994)
Born and raised in Ghana Emmanuel Agyenim Boateng joined Right to Dream Academy only aged 12 but moved to the United States on a scholarship to attend Cate School in California.

He skipped his senior year at the Cate School, where he was named the nation’s top high school soccer player. He spent one year at UCSB, scoring four goals and earning Big West Freshman of the Year and First Team All-Big West honors.

Boateng received an invitation to train with Swedish Allsvenskan side Helsingborgs IF in 2013 where he made a big impression and thereafter signed a three-and-a-half-year contract.

Boateng was transferred to LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer in January 2016 and as been an integral part of his team playing along with Steven Gerrard and Giovanni Dos Santos on regular basis.

Boateng has been described by as a speedy player (and former high school track star) who can feature both as a winger and a forward.

He has played 27 games in 1547 minutes scoring 4 goals and providing 5 scoring opportunities for his colleagues being booked once all season long.

Patrick Twumasi
Patrick Twumasi (age 22, 9 May 1994) started his career at Red Bull Ghana but joined the Latvian League club Spartaks Jūrmala prior to the 2012 season.

In July 2013, Twumasi joined the Kazakhstan Premier League club FC Astana on loan from Spartaks Jūrmala. He scored six goals in 11 matches during the loan spell and later returned to Spartaks Jūrmala.

Prior to the 2014 season, Twumasi was given out on loan to the Russian Premier League club Amkar Perm. On 9 July 2014, Twumasi rejoined FC Astana on loan for the rest of the 2014 season. Scoring 10 goals in 11 matches he became the club’s top scorer and helped Astana win the league.

Twumasi’s performance attracted attention from other European clubs in late 2014, however, at the start of 2015 the player himself confirmed Astana stay, wishing to participate in the UEFA Champions League.

Twumasi was called up to the senior Ghana squad by Avram Grant for a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Mauritius in June 2016 but he hasn’t been given the opportunity to showcase his talent.

He has helped his side clinch Kazakhstani top-flight leaguewith a game to spare. Astana had four points more than the second-placed team, Kairat after accumulating a total of 72 points.

Patrick Twumasi has contributed immensely to the success story of the club, including a historic qualification into the UEFA Champions League group stage to compete with the big boys in Europe.

Sulley Ali Muniru

Legendary Mohammed Gago has called for the comeback of Sulle Ali Munari saing his experience, commitment and urgency as the backbone of his comment but the former Milan midfielder has been inactive and will lack match fitness ahead this major tournament.

Nevertheless, young brother of the former Udinese midfielder, Sulley Ali Sariki Muniru will be a perfect option for Grant’s team. Just like his senior brother, he plays in midfield, both defensive and attacking and posses the energy, agility, very powerful and hard-working as well.

At the age of 18, Sulley Muniru joined Real Madrid on a trial but was ignored by the best club in the world only to sign for Romanian side CFR Cluj during the 2013 January transfer window.
Muniru has represented the Under-12 and U-15 levels of the nation but is yet to earn a call up to the senior national team, Black Stars.

Yahaya Mohammed

Mohammed ‘Sabato’ Yahaya ( age 28, 17 February 1988) is a household name in Ghana football, yes, a household name. He made name for himself depicting a consistent quality performance on the local scene back in 2006 when he was just aged 18 at Tema Youth to earn a loan move to French side OGC Nice after participation in the 2007 Toulon Tournament in France with the Ghana U20 team.

On 7 August 2007, young Yahaya was called up by Ghana Coach Claude Le Roy for a FIFA International friendly match against Senegal in the New Den Stadium in London, UK on 21 August 2007. In 2011, he was in the Ghana national football team squad that competed at the 2011 African Nations Championship.

From his loan spell at Nice he joined local side Real Tamale United, Wa All Stars on loan before moving southwards to Kumasi based Asante Kotoko where he played actively for 3 year spending one year on loan at Amidaus Professionals.

He left Asante Kotoko in a midst of understanding between the player and his employers to join Brong Ahafo side Aduana Stars for the just ended 2015–2016.

Joel Fameyeh

Joel Fameyeh (age 19, 14 May 1997) is a Ghanaian professional footballer. As of 2016 he plays for Dinamo Brest on loan from Asokwa Deportivo. The youngster was invited to the local Black Stars in 2015 where he showcased a spectacular performance during the CHAN qualifiers but Ghana failed to make it to the tournament.

The Kumasi based forward continued to express that fine form at his new side Dinamo Brest scoring 11 goals in 27 games. He was his sides top scorer and was voted the best foreign player in Belarus.

Danny Amankwaa

Danny Kwasi Amankwaa (age 22, 30 January 1994) is a Danish footballer of Ghanaian descent, playing as winger/striker for the Danish Superliga side F.C. Copenhagen.

Danny has played for all the Danish junior national sides, from the Denmark U-16 to the U-21 but is yet to commit his senior national career to Denmark.

Ghana could use this Afcon to entice the youngster who has played part of F.C. Copenhagen’s success story since gaining promotion to the first team in 2013.

Edwin Gyasi

Edwin Oppong Anane-Gyasi (age 25, July 1, 1991) is a Dutch footballer who currently plays for Aalesund FK in the Norwegian Tippeligaen. He formerly played for Telstar, De Graafschap, FC Twente and Heracles Almelo.

Latif Blessing
Needs no introduction, he is the best player in GPL and top scorer of the just ended league with 18 goals

Other Players that deserve mention

Mohammed Kadri
Ebenezer Ofori – AIK Solna
Malik Akowuah – Accra Hearts of Oak
Kwesi Donsu – Medeama SC
Emmanuel Hackman – Boavista fc

Aaron Kintoh

General Manager at Sports News-GH
A hard working and committed person who is also very passionate about sports. Love simple stuff and getting the work done!
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