Six Asante Kotoko players have received an invitation to the senior national team of Ghana, Black Stars for their next month African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier trip to South Africa and the home game against Sao Tome and Principe.
Following series of scouting exercise conducted by the Black Stars coach, C.K. Akonnor and Technical Director of the Ghana FA, Mr Bernhard Lippert, the players are seen as having exhibited high-quality football knowledge and technique to play at the highest level.
The players include goalkeeper Razak Abalora, defenders Abdul Ganiu, Imoro Ibrahim, Christopher Nettey and Mubarik Yusif and striker Kwame Opoku are part of the list to make Coach Charles Akonnor’s team for the doubleheader games.
The six players are joined by other local-based players such as Joseph Addo of Aduana Stars, Bawa Lawd Martey of Elmina Sharks, Eric Ofori Antwi, Olympics defender Karuna Jamal Deen, Konadu Yiadom of WAFA, Mohammed Alhassan of Hearts of Oak Kwadwo Amoako of Ashantigold, Akoumah Dennis Korsah of Ebusua Dwarfs.
Others are Rashid Nortey and Justice Blay of Medeama, Salifu Moro of Bechem United, Michelle Otou of Great Olympics, Ebusua Dwarf’s George Asamoah and Ben Acquah, Yaw Arnol of Ashgold and Salifu Ibrahim of Eleven Wonders.
Maxwell Abbey and Gladson Awako were also not left out of the squad, Augustine Boakye of WAFA, Michael Agbekornu and Joseph Esso of Dreams FC, Kwame Peprah of King Faisal, Karela United forward Diawisie Taylor, Andy Kumi Francis of lower tier-side UniStar Academy, Etti Evans of Accra Lions and Welbeck Takyi of Tano Bofoakwa.
They are expected to form the core of the Black Stars squad to prepare for the upcoming assignments sith the AFCON qualifiers on top of the agenda.
The three players have played key roles in getting Asante Kotoko to the top of the Ghana Premier league table, having kept an unbeaten away record so far.
Ghana will face South Africa on March 22, 2021, before facing off Sao Tome and Principe before the month ends.