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Twum elated with maiden Ghana call up ahead of WC qualifier

8:17 AM EDT 9/27/17
Wafu final: Nigeria vs. Ghana
Exclusive: The midfielder has been handed his maiden call-up to the Black Stars and says he cannot hide his joy for the faith shown in him

Inter Allies midfielder Isaac Twum has expressed his happiness following his maiden senior national team call-up by Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah following a splendid performance in the just-concluded Wafu Cup of Nations.

The 19-year-old, who captained the locally-assembled national team to lift the Wafu trophy, was named in a 26-man provisional squad on Tuesday.

The squad will be whittled to 23 later before they face Uganda in the penultimate matchday of the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers against Uganda on October 7.

“I’m delighted and I think my hard work has paid off," Twumasi told Goal.

"I have been consistent for Inter Allies in the league and also did my best to help Ghana to win the Wafu Cup so I deserve this chance. I'm grateful to the technical team for the faith shown in me and I hope for the best.

"This list is provisional squad so I have to continue doing my best to make the final squad that will be released later and then aim at getting a playing time. It's a dream come true for me," he added.

Aside Twum, Hearts of Oak centre-back Vincent Atingah is another home-based player to earn a call up after his performance in the Wafu Cup alongside goalkeeper Joseph Addo of Aduana Stars' fame.

Kassim Nuhu Adams, Abass Mohammed, Kingsley Sarfo, Patrick Twumasi and John Antwi are also in line to play their debut game.

However, the Ayew brothers were missed in the squad for the first time in four years, after falling out with coach Kwesi Appiah.