Ghana unveil squad for Japan, Iceland friendlies

Ismail Kezaala/BackpagePix
A 21-man team for upcoming games against the two World Cup-bound sides has been released by the Ghana Football Association

Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah has named a 21-man squad for the upcoming double-header of friendlies against Japan and Iceland

The 57-year-old's traveling party is headlined by Atletico Madrid ace Thomas Teye Partey, who won the Uefa Europa League on Wednesday, as well as the likes of Mubarak Wakaso, Richmond Boakye-Yiadom and Raphael Dwamena. 

There are also first-time calls for Bayern Munich striker Kwasi Okyere Wriedt and Levante's Emmanuel Boateng, who hit an incredible hat-trick against Barcelona in the Spanish topflight last weekend. 

New Reading acquisition Andy Yiadom returns to the team for the first time since debuting at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations

Rashid Sumaila, Frank Acheampong and Albert Adomah, who ended the season as Aston Villa's leading scorer, complete the list of long-term returnees. 

Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah is, however, still missing despite indicating his readiness to return to national duty for the first time since 2014.

Captain Asamoah Gyan, deputy skipper Andre Ayew, Jordan Ayew, Daniel Amartey, Christian Atsu, Ebenezer Ofori, Jeffrey Schlupp, Harrison Afful, Baba Rahman and Abdul Majeed Waris all failed to make the list for various reasons. 

Ghana play World Cup-bound Japan on May 30 before facing another World Cup-bound side Iceland on June 7.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United, South Africa), Lawrence Ati Zigi (Sochaux, France)

Defenders: Lumor Agbenyenu (Sporting CP, Portugal), Andy Yiadom (Reading, England), Joseph Attamah (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey), Kasim Adams Nuhu (Young Boys, Switzerland), Rashid Sumaila (Al Gharafa, Qatar), Nicholas Opoku (Club Africain, Tunisia)

Article continues below

Midfielders: Isaac Sackey (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Afriyie Acquah (Torino, Italy), Frank Acheampong (Tianjin Teda, China), Mubarak Wakaso (Deportivo Alaves, Spain), Thomas Teye Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Edwin Gyasi (CSKA Sofia, Bulgaria), Thomas Agyepong (NAC Breda, Holland), Nana Ampomah (Waasland-Beveren, Belgium), Albert Adomah (Aston Villa, England)

Forwards: Kwasi Okyere Wriedt (Bayern Munich, Germany), Raphael Dwamena (FC Zurich, Switzerland), Richmond Boakye-Yiadom (Jiangsu Suning, China), Emmanuel Boateng (Levante, Spain)