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Senegalese referee Ndiaye named for Ghana-Ethiopia clash

11:00 AM EDT 5/27/17
The Senegalese referee has been given the nod by Caf to take charge of the Black Stars' opening game in the 2019 Afcon qualifiers

Senegalese referee Maguette Ndiaye will officiate Ghana's opening game in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Ethiopia on June 11 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

The Black Stars will be returning to Kumasi for the first time in almost two years, after supporters furiously protested against the team in 2015 following their poor showing at the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

Ndiaye, who handled a game involving former Ghana FA Cup champions Medeama and M.O Bejaia in the Caf Confederations Cup last year, will be assisted on the lines by Ababacar Sene and Serigne Cheikh Toure, both from Senegal.

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah announced a 30-man squad for the game this week without Christian Atsu, Mubarak Saladin and Razak Brimah but seven local players made the list. Debut call-ups were also given to IK Sirius midfielder Kingsley Sarfo as well as 1860 Munchen defender Lumor Agbenyenu.

The team is expected to begin non residential training in Accra on June 7 before they travel to Kumasi a day later.

In other related news, Ghanaian referee Daniel Laryea will be in centre of affairs when Guinea-Bissau host Namibia in the qualifiers, while former Ghana Football Association vice president Fred Crentsil will be the match commissioner in the game involving Burkina Faso and Angola.