Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah: Why I dropped Gyan and Ayew brothers for Kenya tie

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Ghana are leaders of Group F with three points while Kenya are second from bottom with no point after losing to Sierra Leone

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has explained why he left out Asamoah Gyan and Ayew brothers – Andre and Jordan for Saturday’s Afcon qualifier in Kenya.

The three players did not make Black Stars’ squad for the fixture set for Kasarani Stadium and Appiah did not mince his words when asked why they are not part of the travelling party.

“I have good players, who are capable of doing a good job. It is the time for other young players to show what they can do even for future matches. We have a lot of players in Ghana and I am working to understand and know them well.

“It does not mean that the door is closed for the three players, or any other player left out…no, only that we are also giving a chance to others so that we can evaluate the depth and quality of players we have in Ghana. We are just trying the new players and that does not mean those left out are not part of us,” Appiah told Goal after training at Kasarani.

Despite missing the aforementioned stars, coach Appiah is still confident that they will get a positive result. “I have good players in my squad, who can do the job so we are not worried. We have to take our chances and defend well because we are playing away from home.”

Ghana started her campaign on a high note, after defeating Ethiopia 5-0. A brace from Raphael Dwamena and goals apiece from Gyan, Ebenezer Ofori and Boye were enough to hand Walya Antelopes a lesson.

The Black Stars will be aiming at getting maximum points against their hosts Kenya, who went down 2-1 away to Sierra Leone in their opener.

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