International Friendlies Are Meant For Player Assessment… Appiah


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The head coach of the Black Stars, Kwesi Appiah, says the two upcoming friendly matches to be played against Japan and Iceland are opportunities for him to assess new players who could be used to augment his squad in the future.

Kwesi Appiah has called up 21 players for these two international friendly games as part of preparations towards the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers in September and October.

The Black Stars began training a week ago at the Legon Presbyterian Boys School Park before departing on Saturday to Japan to take on the Blue Samarai in tomorrow’s game to be played at the Yokohama International Stadium.

Speaking to the press before departing to Japan, Kwesi Appiah reiterated that the friendly matches will help him assess the players, as well as build a team for the future.


“We have prepared well for these two friendlies against Japan and Iceland. We are preparing a team for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2022 World Cup so the attention is not now but for the next four years. The games will help us know if the new players can help us or not or and if they can compete at the highest level.

“The games between Japan and Iceland will be a very good test for the players, as well as the technical team.

In addition, he stated that Ghana will go in for the win against Japan in tomorrow’s game.
“Every game is important, whether it is a friendly match or not. We must try to win it, but the most important thing is to ensure the players are tactically disciplined.

Kickoff is at 10:25am.

Players called up for the two friendlies

Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori, Lawrence Ati Zigi

Defenders: Lumor Abgenyenu, Andy Kyere Yiadom, Joseph Attamah, Kassim Nuhu, Rashid Sumaila, Nicholas Opoku

Midfielders: Afriyie Acquah, Isaac Sackey, Frank Acheampong, Mubarak Wakaso, Thomas Partey, Edwin Gyasi, Thomas Agyepong, Nana Ampomah

Attackers: Kwasi Okyere, Raphael Dwamena, Emmanuel Boateng, Albert Adomah

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