Essien, Gyan and Asamoah among top Ghana stars to miss Japan friendly

Kwesi Appiah has 17 players at his disposal for Tuesday’s friendly with Japan after 10 out of his 26-man squad were dropped

Most of Ghana’s top stars will not be in action when the Black Stars take on Japan in an international friendly match on Tuesday.

Up to 10 players were left out of the trip due to varied reasons after Ghana beat Zambia 2-1 on Friday.

Kevin-Prince Boateng, Adams Kwarasey and to some extent Asamoah Gyan have injury concerns.

But Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has a few family issues to sort out after the demise of his father a few days ago.

The remaining players who did not make the trip include Kwadwo Asamoah, Andre Ayew, Foli Adade, Awal Mohammed, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu and Mubarak Wakso.

Tuesday’s match will give Kwesi Appiah the chance to assess some of his fringe players.

Ghana’s squad for the Japan friendly are:

Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Razak Braimah (Guadalajara, Spain)

Defenders: Samuel Inkoom (Dnipro, Ukraine), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege, Belgium), Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), Kissi Boateng (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), John Boye (Rennes, France), Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France), Rashid Sumaila (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa)

Midfielders: Rabiu Mohammed (Kuban Krasnodar, Russia), Yussif Raman Chibsah (Sassuolo, Italy), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough, England), Solomon Asante (TP Mazembe, DR Congo) Christian Atsu (Vitesse Arnhem, Holland), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium)

Strikers: Abdul Majeed Waris (Spartak Moscow, Russia), Mahatma Otoo (Sogndal, Norway).