Ghana Drop Benfica Forward Ishmael Yartey From U-20 World Cup Squad

There is no place in the U-20 World Cup squad for the promising forward once tagged 'Ghana's Ryan Giggs'...

Benfica winger Ishmael Yartey has been left out of Ghana's final squad to the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, which kicks off next week in Egypt.

The Portugal-based Yartey, along with Eleven Wise midfielder James Bissue, missed the cut after he failed to impress during a training tour of Qatar.

Sadick Adams' FIFA ban automatically made him one of the three players to be dropped from the 24-man squad that was listed to train at the Aspire Academy in Doha.

Adams was handed a four-month ban in May last year for abandoning an initial contract with Tunisian side Etoile Sahel to sign for Atletico Madrid. The 18-year-old was also fined $120,000.

The team have since left for Tunisia for final preparations for the tournament, which starts on September 24.

Skipper Dede Ayew, Ransford Osei, David Addy and Jonathan Mensah are expected to join the team in Tunisia, while right-back Samuel Inkoom will meet the team in Egypt.

Ghana's opener in Group D is against Asian side Uzbekistan on September 26 before games against England and Uruguay.

At the weekend, the Satellites beat a Doha-based Military team 3-1 with goals from Rabiu Mohammed, Latif Salifu and Dominic Adiyiah.

The Squad:


Joseph Addo (Heart of Lions), Daniel Adjei (Liberty Professionals) and Robert Dabuo (Wa All Stars).


Samuel Inkoom (Basel, Switzerland), Daniel Opare (Real Madrid, Spain), David Addy (Randers, Denmark), Philip Boampong (Berekum Arsenals), Daniel Addo (King Faisal), Bright Addai (Wa All Stars) and Jonathan Mensah (Free State Stars, South Africa)


Gladson Awako (Heart of Lions), Kassinu Ghandi (Liberty Professionals), Emmanuel Agyeman-Badu (Asante Kotoko), Rabiu Mohammed (Sampdoria, Italy), Abeiku Quansah (Nice, France), Andre Ayew (Marseille, France)


John Benson (Aspire Academy, Qatar) Opoku Agyemang (Al Sadd, Qatar) Ransford Osei (FC Twente, Holland), Latif Salifu (Liberty Professionals), Dominic Adiyiah (Fredrikstad, Norway)

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