Ghana’s record goalscorer Asamoah Gyan will return to international duty for the Black Stars in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sierra Leone, but there are no places in the squad for the Ayew brothers.
Gyan is part of a 23-man squad released by Ghana boss Kwesi Appiah for the mid-October games, despite a season spent largely on the bench at Turkish side Kayserispor. He has played just 35 minutes of club football this season but is one of four forwards named in the side.
Gyan hasbeen absent from the national team since 2014
The inclusion of the 32-year-old is bound to lead to renewed debate about Appiah’s decisions, especially after his continuous omission of Andre and Jordan Ayew, despite the pair having much better club seasons than Gyan.
Ghana top Group F of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on goal difference and would be seeking to bounce back from defeat in Kenya when they face Sierra Leone on October 11 in Kumasi, and on 15 October in Freetown.
Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United, SA), Lawrence Ati-Zigi (Sochaux, France) and Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko, Ghana)
Andy Yiadom (Reading, England), John Boye (FC Metz, France) Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew, USA), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City, England) Nicholas Opoku (Udinese, Italy) and Lumor Agbenyenu (Sporting Lisbon, Portugal)
Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain) Mubarak Wakaso (Alaves, Spain), Afriyie Acquah (Empoli, Italy), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Bernard Mensah (Kayserispor, Turkey), Thomas Agyapong (Hibernian, Scotland), Isaac Sackey (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Nana Ampomah (Waasland-Beveren, Belgium)and Kwadwo Asamoah (Inter Milan, Italy)
Asamoah Gyan (Kayserispor, Turkey) Richmond Boakye-Yiadom (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia), Majeed Waris (Nantes, France) and Emmanuel Boateng (Levante, Spain)