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Five key players who are not part of Black Stars squad for Mexico, USA friendlies

Five key players who are not part of Black Stars squad for Mexico, USA friendlies

Ghana coach, Chris Hughton has named twenty-three players for Black Stars friendly matches against Mexico and the United States of America this month without five key players.

Black Stars skipper Andre Ayew who is unattached to any club has been excluded alongside Abdul Baba Rahman, Baba Iddrisu and Fatawu Issahaku.

The four players were part of the last Black Stars game against Central African Republic in the 2023 AFCON qualifiers at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi last month.

Another player who is not part of the Black Stars squad for the two international friendly matches is Kamaldeen Sulemana who is in a top form for Southampton.

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Baba Rahman has been consistent for PAOK FC in the Greece league while Baba Iddrisu is also making a case for himself with Almeria in the Spanish Laliga.

Fatawu Issahaku and Kamaldeen Sulemana have also been in blistering form for Leicester City and Southampton respectively in the English Championship.

And as to why the four players have been excluded comes as shocking to many Ghanaian football loving fans.

Meanwhile, Brighton and Hove Albion defender Tariq Lamptey has made a return to the squad following his brilliant start to the season in England. Lamptey had a challenging season last year, and due to injuries, he had to stay on the sidelines for close to six-months.

Also in the squad is Deputy captain Thomas Teye Partey who missed the qualifier against Central African Republic due to injury.

Ghana will take on Mexico at the Bank of America stadium – Charlotte on Saturday, October 14 before taking on the United States of America on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 in Nashville Tennessee.

Coach Chris Hughton is expected to use the two friendly as part of the build up to the FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers in November and the Africa Cup of Nations in Cote D’Ivoire…

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