Ayews, Gyan dropped as Boateng gets first Ghana call-up for Japan, Iceland friendlies

Emmanuel Boateng has been given his first call-up to the Ghana national team for the upcoming friendlies against Japan and Iceland.

The striker has impressed since cementing his place in the Levante starting eleven, scoring seven times including a hat-trick against Barcelona.

And his exploits have earned him a place in the squad put together by head coach Kwesi Appiah ahead of Black Stars’ clash with the Samurai Blue on 30th May and Iceland seven days later.

Another debutant in the squad is Bayern Munich attacker Kwasi Okyere Wriedt. The youngster born in Germany has scored 22 goals for Bayern’s reserve team in the fourth-tier league.

However, Appiah did not invite skipper Asamoah Gyan as well as Andre and Jordan Ayew.

Jordan, 26, finished the season as Swansea’s top scorer with 11 goals in all competitions.

Below are the players who will represent Ghana in the friendly games:

GOALKEEPERS: Richard Ofori (Maritzburg FC, South Africa) Lawrence Ati Zigi (Sochaux, France)

DEFENDERS: Lumor Agbenyenu (Sporting CP, Portugal) Kyere Yiadom Andrew ( Reading, England), Joseph Attamah (İstanbul Başakşehir F.K., Turkey), Rashid Sumaila ( Al Gharafa, Qatar) Nicholas Opoku (Club African, Tunisia), Kassim Nuhu (Young Boys, Switzerland)

MIDFIELDERS: Sackey Isaac (Alanyaspor,Turkey) Afriyie Acquah (Torino, Italy), Wakaso Mubarak (Deportivo Alaves) Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid,Spain), Thomas Agyepong (NAC Breda, Holland) Nana Ampomah ( Waasland- Beveren, Belgium) Albert Adomah (Aston Villa, England), Gyasi Edwin (CSKA Sofia, Bulgaria)

ATTACKERS: Kwasi Okyere (Bayern Munich, Germany)  Dwamena Raphael (FC Zurich, Switzerland) Frank Acheampong (Tianjin Teda, China) Yiadom Boakye (Jiangsu Suning, China) Emmanuel Boateng (Levante, Spain)

By Enoch Fiifi Forson, myjoyonline.com

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