Debuts and returns: The standout call-ups in the Ghana squad to face China Ghana’s Joshua Ansah justifies why coach Kwesi Appiah has set off on the right path by introducing new faces in the Black Stars for Wednesday’s test game with the Dragons
By Joshua Ansah

Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah has named an 18-man squad for the international friendly against China on August 15. Ghana takes a look at the call-ups which will be drawing the most comments from the new faces to the returning ones.

6. ABDUL RAZAK NUHU | Manchester City
Date of Birth May 14 1991
Position Defender
Black Stars app:
Debut call-up

The defender is contracted to English giants Manchester City and was on loan to Norwegian Tippeligaen side Stromgodset where he played with goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey. He has been a major player in the Norwegian side’s charge for the league title with his solid defensive contributions as well as his ability to lend a hand in attack when needed. He will be looking to impress on his debut call-up to the Black Stars.

Date of Birth October 16 1993
Position Midfielder
Black Stars app: Debut call-up

Frank Acheampong won the Thai league and cup double with current club Buriram United in 2011. The youngster has represented Ghana at the Under 20 level scoring three times in eight matches from midfield. Acheampong shows a lot of promise of growing into a potent goal threat from midfield and will be looking to serve notice of his potential when he lines up for the national team, if he gets on the field.

Date of Birth January 28 1993
Position Forward
Black Stars app Debut call-up

Richmond Boakye-Yiadom joined the Old Lady this summer window from Genoa for whom he scored on his debut as a 17-year-old. The former Bechem United striker spent last season on loan at Serie B side Sassuolo Calcio where he managed 12 goals prompting Juventus to make a move for the front man. Boakye Yiadom has also represented the country at the U20 level as well and should be ready to step up to the national assignment after his debut call-up if he gets a run out against China.

3. EDWIN GYIMAH | SuperSport United
Date of Birth March 09 1991
Position Midfielder
Black Stars app
Debut call-up

Edwin Gyimah came to the fore playing for Wa All Stars in the Ghana Premier League with his performances earning him a call-up to local Black Stars squad for the Championship of African Nations (CHAN) in 2011. Gyimah later moved to South African league side SuperSport United and will be looking to make the most of his debut call-up to the national side.

2. JOHN MENSAH | Unattached
Date of Birth November 29 1982
Position Defender
Black Stars app Returning from injury

The captain of the national side returns after a brief period on the sidelines through injury and had to pass a late fitness test before his call-up. The defender’s injury problems saw him released by French Ligue 1 outfit Olympic Lyon earlier this summer and missed the early rounds of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. Though his return to the squad can be seen as good news, many will wonder whether he can stay fit this time and if it is worth it to keep putting him in and out of the squad or whether he should be let go to help build a solid and consistent centre back pairing.

Date of Birth November 22 1985
Position Attacker
Black Stars app Returning from self-imposed exile

Regarded by many as the country’s best marksman, Asamoah Gyan will be making his first appearance for the Black Stars after a self-imposed exile which was triggered by harsh criticism he received for wasting a vital penalty against Zambia in the semi-final of the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. The 26-year-old will be looking to win back the support of the fans as quickly as he can as some regard his hiatus as disrespectful to the fans who criticized him.

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