Late Stars' call up for Attamah to replace injured Salisu

Author: Rosalind K. Amoh
Joseph Attamah Larweh to join Stars
Joseph Attamah Larweh to join Stars

Defender Joseph Larweh Attamah has received a very late call-up to the Black Stars for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers doubleheader at home against South Africa on November 14, and away to Sao Tome and Principe on November 18.

The former Tema Youth player earned the call up to fill the vacuum created by the withdrawal of players initially invited but have been hit by injury.

He replaces Real Valladolid defender Mohammed Salisu who was forced to withdraw after he also failed to report for Stars duty after sustaining in injury while on club duty last weekend.

Given his late call up, Attamah is likely to miss the game against South Africa on November 14, but expected to arrive in time to join the team for the trip to Sao Tome and Principe.

Coach James Appiah invited a 23-man squad but four of the players failed to turn up as a result of injury, compelling the coach to hand call ups to other players.

Before this latest late call up, Appiah was forced to replace Mubarak Wakaso and Harrison Afful who both got injured before the Stars reported for duty last Monday.

Wakaso who plays for Spain’s Deportivo Alaves underwent surgery after injurying his hand and was replaced by Gideon Mensah.

Afful also got injured and his place has been taken by Hearts of Oak’s Fatawu Mohammed.

Joseph Attamah Larweh played for Stars at 2019 AFCON

Attamah was part of the Stars squad that played at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt but was not invited for the latest assignment.
Though a player of Turkey’s top flight Istanbul Basaksehir, the 25-year-old defender is currently on a season’s loan Çaykur Rizespor during the recent transfer window.

He was a member of the Ghana Under-20 side, the Black Satellites  who played at the World Youth Championship in Turkey in 2013.