William Owusu receives maiden Black Stars call-up

Author: Bernard Neequaye
William Owusu

Black Stars coach, Kwesi Appiah, has handed a surprise maiden call-up to Belgium-based striker, William Owusu, into the senior national team ahead of an Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019 qualifier against Kenya on September 8.

Owusu, a 28-year-old striker who plays for Belgium top flight side, Royal Antwerp, was named in coach Appiah's 21-man squad to play against Kenya.

Inter Milan midfielder, Kwadwo Asamoah, who has been out of the Stars set up in the last four years returned to the team for the first time since playing for the Stars at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil 2014.

Coach Appiah dropped skipper Asamoah Gyan and the Ayew brothers (Andre and Jordan) from his squad and the trio have failed to make his team since the World Cup qualifier 1-1 draw against Congo in Kumasi.

Levante forward, Emmanuel Boateng, was also missing from the squad through injury with the team set to move their camp to Ethiopia before leaving for Kenya.

Ghana Squad

Goalkeepers: Lawrence Ati (Sochaux, France), Richard Ofori (Martizburg,South Africa)

Defenders: Harrison Afful (Columbus, USA) Daniel Opare (Antwerp,Belgium) Kassim Nuhu (1899 Hoffenheim, Germany) John Boye (FC Metz, France) Daniel Amartey ( Leicester City, England) Andy Yiadom (Reading Football Club, England)

Midfielders: Afriyie Acquah (Empoli, Italy) Isaac Sackey ( Alanyaspor, Turkey) Ebenezer Ofori (New York City FC, USA) Christian Atsu (Newcastle, England) Edwin Gyasi (CSKA Sofia, Bulgaria) Kwadwo Asamoah (Inter Milan, Italy)

Forwards: Raphael Dwamena (Levante UD, Spain) Thomas Partey (Atl├ętico Madrid) Majeed Waris (FC Nantes, France) William Owusu (Antwerp, Belgium)