Australia Vs Ghana Black Stars in Sydney.

Japan against Ghana Black stars in Holland.

The Ghanaian squad of 18, scheduled to face the Socceroos of Australia in an international friendly game on Friday, have arrived in Sydney to begin training ahead the much talked about clash.

The Black Stars of Ghana are using the encounter as part of their build-up ahead the upcoming 2010 World Cup/Nations Cup qualifiers, which kick off at the end of the month.

The squad will be without influential midfielder Michael Essien, who was excused from the encounter as a result of his busy European schedule.

Holland based defender, Francis Dickoh, who had earlier decided not to feature for the Black Stars again after being left out of the 2008 Nations Cup squad by the outgoing coach of the team, Claude Le Roy, will make a return.

Prince Buaben of Dundee United and Derek Asamoah from French side Nice also made the 18-man team.

Only three players from the Ghanaian local league made the final cut. They are David Addy, Emmanuel Agyemang and Harrison Afful.

The Ghanaian team will also witness a change in the goalkeeping department as George Owu makes a return to the team after more than two years out.

Owu, who plies his trade in Egypt with Al Masry, last made an appearance for the team in a warm up game ahead the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

The other goalkeeper invited to the squad is William Amamoo who plays for Vasalund in Sweden.

The team will be handled by assistant coach Sellas Tetteh, as Frenchman Claude Le Roy has left his job as manager.


Goalkeepers: George Owu (Al Masry Club, Egypt) and William Amamoo (Vasalund, Sweden)

Defenders: John Paintsil (West Ham, England), John Mensah (Rennes, France), Francis Dickoh (FC Utrecht, Holland), Harrison Afful (Asante Kotoko, Ghana), Eric Addo (PSV Eindhoven, Holland) David Addy (Wa All Stars, Ghana)

Midfielders: Anthony Annan (Stabaek, Norway), Haminu Draman (Locomotiv Moscow, Russia), Sulley Muntari (Portsmouth, England), Laryea Kingston (Hearts, Scotland), Prince Buaben (Dundee Utd, Scotland) Derek Asamoah (Nice, France)

Strikers: Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Berekum Arsenal, Ghana), Junior Agogo (Nottingham Forest, England), Quincy Owusu-Abeyie (Celta Vigo, Spain) Samuel Yeboah (Hapoel Kfar-Saba, Israel)

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Ghana’s Black Stars Squad Announced

Michael Essien will seek to put the disappointment of the UEFA Champions League final behind him when he joins up with Ghana's Black Stars squad on Tuesday as they prepare for their opening World Cup™ qualifier.

Ghana host Libya in their Group Five match at the Baba Yaro stadium in Kumasi seeking a positive start as they aim for a second successive World Cup™ finals appearance.

Having returned from a friendly in Australia, the bulk of the squad are supplemented by the likes of Essien, Sulley Muntari and goalkeeper Richard Kingson, who did not make the trip down under.

Essien was part of the Chelsea team who lost on post-match penalties to fellow English side Manchester United in the Champions League final in Moscow while Muntari is fresh from celebrating success in the FA Cup final with Portsmouth.

Returning to the squad is Dutch-based striker Matthew Amoah, who was injured for the CAF Africa Cup of Nations final earlier this year, but Asamoah Gyan and Hans Sarpei are both injured.

The Ghana side is led by caretaker coach Sellas Tetteh, who has taken over from Frenchman Claude LeRoy.


William Amamoo (Vasalund, Sweden)
Richard Kingson (Birmingham City, England)
George Owu (Al Masry, Egypt)

Eric Addo (PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands)
David Addy (Wa All Stars)
Harrison Afful (Asante Kotoko)
Kofi Amponsah (Apollon Kalamarias, Greece)
Francis Dickoh (FC Utrecht, Netherlands)
John Mensah (Stade Rennes, France)
John Paintsil (West Ham United, England)

Anthony Annan (Stabaek, Norway)
Prince Buaben (Dundee Utd, Scotland)
Haminu Dramani (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia)
Michael Essien (Chelsea, England)
Laryea Kingston (Hearts of Midlothian, Scotland)
Sulley Muntari (Portsmouth, England)

Junior Agogo (Nottingham Forest, England)
Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Berekum Arsenal)
Matthew Amoah (Vitesse Arnhem, Netherlands)
Emmanuel Banahene (Heart of Lions)
Eric Bekoe (Asante Kotoko)
Quincy Owusu-Abeyie (Celta Vigo, Spain)

Ghana Libya return lg.

The surprise recall of captain Stephen Appiah to the Ghana squad for their 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifier against Libya in Tripoli has overshadowed the absence of his successor, the giant defender John Mensah.

Appiah has not played an international match since 1 December 2007, and he has struggled with a knee ligament injury that kept him out of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year.

Mensah, known as ‘The Rock' for his defensive qualities, filled in as captain for the tournament and was recently signed by French champions Lyon. However, he is out of the game because of injury, as is Asamoah Gyan, who recently joined Rennes.

Friday's match is a key encounter for both sides. Ghana lead Libya on goal difference at the head of the Group 5 in African Zone qualifying. Both have nine points from four matches.

Ghana squad
Goalkeepers: William Amamoo (Telecom Egypt), Richard Kingson (unattached), George Owu (Al Masry)

Defenders: Eric Addo (PSV Eindhoven), Harrison Afful (Asante Kotoko), Issah Gabriel (Randers), Samuel Inkoom (Asante Kotoko), John Paintsil (Fulham), Jonathan Quartey (Kaizer Chiefs)

Midfielders: Anthony Annan (Staeback), Stephen Appiah (unattached), Agyeman Badu (Berekum Arsenal), Haminu Dramani (Lokomotiv Moscow), Michael Essien (Chelsea), Laryea Kingston (Hearts), Sulley Muntari (Inter Milan), Quincy Owusu Abeyie (Birmingham City)

Forwards: Junior Agogo (Zamalek), Eric Bekoe (Asante Kotoko), Chris Dickson (Charlton Athletic), Kwadwo Poku (Asante Kotoko)

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Milovan names squad for Lesotho game

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Ghana play Lesotho at home on October 12 at the Sekondi Sports Stadium in the final Group 5 match.

The Black Stars are expected to win to guarantee them a place amongst the final 20 teams who would play for the five qualifying spots available to Africa at the 2010 World Cup.

Milovan Rajevac has named his second Ghana squad since taking over the Black Stars in August, making just a few changes to the team he announced for the last game against Libya.

The Stars would be without Michael Essien of Chelsea, Kaizer Chiefs defender, Jonathan Quartey, and Laryea Kingston who has two yellow cards.

Despites their absence, some old members of the team make a return, Lyon defender, John Mensah who missed the Libya game through injury returns to the squad.

Matthew Amoah, scorer of six goals for club, NEC Breda in the Dutch Eredivise after four games is in contention for a starting place for Ghana.

The striker pulled out of the opening Group 5 match for Ghana because he was indisposed but has earned another call up from Milovan Rajevac.

Prince Tagoe who scored twice in four World Cup qualifying games is back after missing the match in Libya while Auxerre regular, Moussa Narry gains a call up.

Defenders, John Boye and David Addy, both former regular members of the local Black Stars are called up as the Liberty Professionals duo of Yaw Antwi and midfielder Daniel Yeboah are the only new names in the local contingent of six players.

Ghana missed the chance to top the Group 5 table after defeat to Libya, but Milovan Rajevac says his players would come good at the Sekondi Sports Stadium as he reflects on the important game.

Ghana squad:

Goalkeepers: Richard Kingson (Wigan Athletic, England), George Owu (El Masry, Egypt) William Amamoo (Etasellat, Egypt)

Defender: John Paintsil (Fullham, England), Harrison Afful (Gomoa Feyernood, Ghana), Samuel Inkoom (Asante Kotoko, Ghana), John Boye (Stade Rennes, France), David Addy (Randers FC, Denmark), John Mensah (Olympique Lyon, France), Eric Eddo (PSV Eindhoven, Holland)

Midfielder: Daniel Yeboah (Liberty Professionals, Ghana), Sulley Muntari (Inter Milan, Italy), Anthony Annan (Rosenborg, Norway), Haminu Dramani, (Locomotive Moscow, Russian) Moussa Narry (Auxerre, France), Stephen Appiah (unattached), Agyeman Badu (Berekum Arsenals, Ghana)

Strikers: Junior Agogo (Zamalek, Egypt) Matthew Amoah (NAC Breda, Holland), Yaw Antwi, (Liberty Professionals, Ghana), Eric Bekoe (Asante Kotoko, Ghana), Prince Tagoe (Al-Ittifaq, Saudi Arabia

More players of the Black Stars have arrived for the must-win African Cup/World Cup qualifier against the Nile Crocodiles of Sudan at the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium on Sunday.

Coach Milovan Rajevac is leaving no stone unturned as he has named a strong squad that includes all the senior players.

As at the time of going to press, NAC Breda of Holland hitman Mattew Amoah, Laryea Kingston who makes a return to the team after a long injury, Fulham’s John Painstil, Sulley Ali Muntari and Haminu Dramani have arrived in the country and were training with the team.

Swedish-based William Amamoo and defender Isaac Vorsah, Skipper Stephen Appiah, Sunderland’s John Mensah, Asamoah Gyan and George Owu are already in camp.

Chelsea’s Michael Essien, Anthony Annan, striker Prince Tagoe, Goalkeeper Richard Kinston, who has made a timely recovery from injury, six days before the World Cup qualifier against Sudan, and Qatar-based Opoku Agyemang were however expected to arrive yesterday to bring the number of players in camp to a full house.

Striker Asamoah Gyan who has played only one match for the Stars says he does not expect Ghana to run out of steam with three more matches to go in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.

"With the quality of players we have, we should be able to get three points but we should be careful about assuming that we have won even before we play. If we play to our strengths, show them respect and do what we do best, the three points will be ours," he told

Meanwhile, Fred Pappoe, Vice President of the GFA, has cautioned the Black Stars to look out for the Sudanese and thus, go all out to carry the day.;253.html

Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari opened the scoring midway through the first half in Accra in what was a dominant display from the group leaders.

Chelsea's Michael Essien then doubled the scoreline just before the hour mark, leaving Milovan Rajevac's side seven points clear of nearest rivals Mali.

The result coupled with closest challengers Benin and Mali drawing 1-1 in Cotonou a few hours before left a Ghanaian side boasting a 100 percent record with an unassailable seven-point Group D advantage.

It will be the second successive World Cup appearance for Ghana, who did best of the five African teams in Germany three years ago by reaching the knockout second round before losing 3-0 to defending champions Brazil.

A quarter of the 32 qualifiers for the first World Cup to be staged in Africa are known with Ghana joining Australia, Brazil, Japan, Netherlands, North Korea, South Korea and hosts South Africa.

Mali had threatened to put Ghanaian celebrations on hold by taking the lead through former France youth international Mamadou Samassa on 71 minutes only for Mohamed Aoudou to equalise three minutes from full-time.

Starting team: Richard Kingson; John Paintsil, Harrison Afful, Eric Addo, John Mensah; Anthony Annan, Samuel Inkoom, Michael Essien, Stephen Appiah/Laryea Kingston, Sulley Muntari/Haminu Draman; Matthew Amoah/Asamoah Gyan
Substitutes not used: William Amamoo, Opoku Agyemang, Isaac Vorsah, and Derek Boateng

Ghana most reliable goalkeeper Richard Kingson has made a timely recovery from injury, six days before the World Cup qualifier against Sudan.

The Black Stars were thought to have lost the England-based to an ankle injury which resulted in the call-up of two back-up keepers.

Ghana copach Milovan Rajevac calls just two shot-stoppers for World Cup qualifiers but fears over Kingson resulted on his switch.But the Serbian has been handed the necessary boost as Kingson was on the bench when Wigan were beaten 2-1 by Everton.

This means he is available to start for the Black Stars in the game that could seal their place at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Kingson was absent from the Black Stars international friendly against Zambia in London two weeks ago because of the ankle injury.

In his absence George Owu and William Amamoo shared responsibilities as Ghana thrashed Zambia in London. Amamoo and Owu are in the squad for the game against Sudan.

GhanaEXCLUSIVE: Attacking Football Is Best For Ghana – Goalkeeper William Amamoo

The goalkeeper believes the new Black Stars coach has what it takes to improve Ghana further...Israeli-based Ghana goalkeeper William Amamoo has hailed the new attacking approach introduced by coach Goran Stevanovic for the Black Stars.
The Hapoel Petah Tikva goal tender that Ghana have got a bright future under the tutelage of the Serbian and can qualify for the 2012 Nations Cup in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
“I was very much impressed with his debut game against Togo [Ghana won by 4-1]. He proved that he cares about attacking football and that’s the ‘Agoro Soccer’ we all know Ghana for. I mean that’s the trade mark of Ghana football, so I think he will really succeed,” the 25-year-old stated.
The three-time best goalkeeper is convinced his west African side will end up eventual winners against Congo in their weekend 2012 African Cup qualifier in Brazzaville. Ghana are joint-top of Group I with Sudan, but with a goal advantage in the goal difference stats.
“Our chances are very bright. We stand a good chance of winning this game. We have a new trainer and everyone wants to show the coach that he deserves a place in the team,” the ‘Black Panther’ added.
Amamoo disagreed with view that in an attempt to impress the new coach the players would end up playing an individual style that could affect overall team performance in their first competitive game under the former Partizan tactician.
“No, not at all. Our national team is now a united one. Stephen Appiah [former captain] united the team before his retirement and they kept that, so the players know that [they have to] put the nation first before themselves.”
He said the four-time African champions have to put in all their efforts to qualify for the continental showpiece, and then they can move to the next step of winning the ultimate African football prize.
“First and foremost we need to concentrate on qualifying first then after we can concentrate on the AFCON. But if we are able to qualify then with the good work the FA and the trainer are doing we stand a better chance of winning the trophy,” Amamoo told

Ghana Goalkeeper William Amamoo Denies Switching Allegiance To Zambia

The goaltender is keeping his eyes on the Black Stars job…The media in Zambia and sports blogs over the weekend reported that Ghana international goalkeeper William Amamoo is considering plans to switch nationality in order to play for the southern African national team.
The news follows the signing of Italian-born coach Dario Bonetti, whom the goalkeeper worked with during his career in Hungary.
In a statement to the press, the 25-year-old expressed shock and utter dismay at the rumour linking him to the Chipolopolo. 
“This is a figment of someone’s imagination,” he said. 
“I am a Ghanaian and remain loyal and committed to my beloved country Ghana and I have never considered switching nationality to Zambia. Ghana is where I belong.
“The news is totally preposterous and intended to sour my reputation and relationship with Ghanaians. My wish to return to the Black Stars is on course and I am happy to be working towards that here in Israel with my club Hapoel Petah Tikva.
“Moreover, Dario Bonetti, as the head coach, and Claudio Bozini [goalkeeper trainer] have not even approached me for anything of such nature and I don’t think they would dream of it. The news should not be taken seriously.”
Amamoo has remained a favourite and trusted goalkeepers of Bonetti after working with him in Hungary, and the feeling would appear to be mutual as the shot-stopper concluded: “I will not be surprised if Zambia become one of the strongest national teams on the continent from now onwards. I can also assure the goalkeepers that Caludio Bozini comes with a lot of experience and they will receive one of the best trainings because he helped me to win most awards in my football career.”

Ghana 4-1 Zambia

12 August 2009 | Football News

Ghanasoccernet brings up live update on the Ghana-Zambia match from the Leyton Orient Park in London.

  Substitutions: Kwame Quansah replaces Junior Agogo and Chris Dickson comes on for Sulley Muntari

  Substitution: Stephen Appiah has replaced Haminu Dramani

  Second half gets underway, William Amamoo has replaced George Owu in post.

  HT: Ghana 4-1 Zambia.   Goal: Haminu Dramani scores the fourth goal to go into break the happier of the two teams.

  Goal: Junior Agogo increases Ghana tally from the spot.

  Goal: Francis Dickoh scores an own goal.   Goal: Samuel Inkoom gives Ghana the lead in first half. 

    Match report later.   Ghana line-up: George Owoo, John Pantsil, Harriosn Afful, Eric Addo, Fancis Dickoh, Michael Essien, Samuel Inkoom, Anthony Annan, Junior Agogo, Haminu Dramani and Sulley Muntari

Chelsea Give Midfielder Essien Compassionate Leave To Attend Dad's Funeral

6 November 2013 | Sports News

Essien and his father James enjoying life some months ago

Ghana midfielder Michael Essien has been given indefinite compassionate leave by his English club Chelsea to attend his father funeral this weekend.

Essien will bury his father in a traditional three-day Ghanaian funeral in his hometown of Gomoa Odobeng in the central region of Ghana.

With the funeral rites starting on Friday evening, Essien will arrive in Ghana with his London-based family to attend the farewel ceremony for his father.

This means the midfielder will sit out Saturday's home game against West Brom.

“I cannot find the words to express my sadness,” Essien said when he heard of the death of his father in September.

James Essien, a former Hearts of Oak player, passed away on September 2 in his native country after battling illness.

A high-powered Ghana FA delegation including president Kwesi Nyantakyi and other top executives will travel to support the Ghana international at the funeral.

Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah and his technical team are also expected to attend the funeral to offer their support to the midfielder.

He becomes the latest Ghana player to lose a loved one after William Amamoo, John Boye, Asamoah Gyan, Isaac Vorsah and Anthony Annan.