Stars back for Ghana

12 years ago

Milovan Rajevac might still worry about the absence of many squad members of the Black Stars as his injury-plagued Ghana side prepare for Wednesday's friendly in Sarajevo against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

With nine regular players out, Ghana coach, Rajevac is not getting distracted but is continuing with his plans before the finals in South Africa.

Ghana would be without Michael Essien, John Paintsil, Stephen Appiah, Laryea Kingston, John Mensah, Isaac Vorsah, Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, Haminu Draman and Opoku Agyemang.

The Serbian coach, loved for fashioning out tactics for any situation with the materials available would be hoping to build on Ghana's Nations Cup success, where he went into the competition without eight key members and still guided the team to the finals.

However, Rajevac would rather be pleased to welcome Sulley Muntari, Prince Tagoe and Derek Boateng into the team for Ghana's first match after the African Nations Cup after the trio missed the competition in Angola.

For the Ghana coach, the game against the Bosnians is an opportunity to continue with his build up to the World Cup finals in South Africa later this June.

But for the 18-man squad named for the game, it's a test case for every available position.

Ghana would be making their second successive appearance at the World Cup finals with the debut in 2006.

Ghana Squad:

Goalkeepers: Richard Kingson (Wigan Athletic, England) Daniel Agyei (Liberty Professionals, Ghana)

Defenders: Samuel Inkoom (Basel, Switzerland), David Addy (FC Porto, Portugal), Eric Addo (Roda JC, Holland), Lee Addy (Bechem Chelsea, Ghana), Jonathan Mensah (Grananda, Spain) Ibrahim Ayew (Zamalek, Egypt).

Midfielders: Sulley Muntari (Inter Milan, Italy), Derek Boateng (Getafe, Spain), Agyemang Badu (Udinese, Italy), Anthony Annan (Rosenborg, Norway) Kwadwo Asamoah (Udinese, Italy), Andre Ayew, (Arles Avignon, France)

Strikers: Prince Tagoe (Hoffenheim, Germany), Matthew Amoah (NAC Breda, Holland), Asamoah Gyan (Rennes, France), Yaw Antwi, (FK Napredak Krusevac, Serbia)