Ghana name squad to face Japan in friendly in Yokohama

Christian Atsu amongst 17 called up for Japan friendly

Christian Atsu amongst 17 called up for Japan friendly

Coach Akwasi Appiah traveled with 17 players for Ghana’s friendly against Japan on Tuesday – dropping some key players for the match to be played in Yokohama.

The team left Ghana immediately after Friday’s 2-1 defeat of Zambia in a 2014 World Cup qualifier in Kumasi.

Asamoah Gyan, Michael Essien, Mubarak Wakaso and Andre Ayew are among a few who featured in the game against Zambia who have been left out of the Japan game.

Kevin-Prince Boateng, Kwadwo Asamoah and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu also join the list of dropped players for the match against the Asian giants.

Coach Akwasi Appiah will be looking to use the friendly to assess his other options ahead of Ghana’s important World Cup qualifying playoffs next month.

The Black Stars are expected to be one of the five seeded countries going into the CAF draw later this month to determine the opponent to be played in the playoffs.

The friendly against Japan thus forms part of preparations towards the crucial playoffs stage next month.

Ghana Squad for Japan friendly:

Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Razak Braimah (Guadalajara, Spain)

Defenders: Samuel Inkoom (Dnipro, Ukraine), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege, Belgium), Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), Kissi Boateng (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), John Boye (Rennes, France), Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France), Rashid Sumaila (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa)

Midfielders: Rabiu Mohammed (Kuban Krasnodar, Russia), Yussif Raman Chibsah (Sassuolo, Italy), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough, England), Solomon Asante (TP Mazembe, DR Congo) Christian Atsu (Vitesse Arnhem, Holland), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium)

Strikers: Abdul Majeed Waris (Spartak Moscow, Russia), Mahatma Otoo (Sogndal, Norway)


  1. Dr Who says:

    This is an opportunity for Mahatma Otoo!

  2. Sam Praise says:

    What sort of a joke is this, why should you drop the star and take the black to Japan? This is nonsense, do you want us to be massacred by Japan? Even if you will drop not up to this extent

  3. Dr Who says:

    Opare …..Jonathan……Boye…..Afful

    There will be no problem if AA tries this 4-2-3-1 formattion.

  4. DEde ayew says:

    thank you ghana for your prayers and support ..i can assure we will do our best at the world cup

  5. Baktiria says:

    Japan is not a smal team to play wif this squad.hahahaa,i cant wait to see how they wil disgrace us in the way,is it not a fifa friendly date?why al those stars who sweat heavily to beat comon Zambia al dropped.hmmmm

  6. dede says:

    with dis mediocre players Japan will beat Ghana cos they have all their arsenals with them waiting for us.i wish we get a draw

  7. PITO says:

    I hope this is not overconfidence on A.A’s part. This team lacks major quality and lacks experience. Please at least keep Kwadwo Asamoah, Ayew and Essien.
    AHH! Appiah paaaa? I thought he will let Essien remain in order to assess how he will fare playing a full 90mins for Ghana since it has been a long time he featured in the team. From this squad should things go wrong like against turkey who will come to our rescue? Anyway the team still looks ok. But if Japan massacres us remember Nigerians and Zambians will laugh at us.

  8. kwaku says:

    hahahaha…i thnk this squad can do something but it will take everything from them to do that..appiah shd hv at least added jordan ayew and emmanuel frimpong to this squad but i like the fact that he added acheampong..that kid is de next big thing to hit africa

  9. Papa Nkrumah says:

    This squad is not representative of the strength of Ghana. It is therefore annoying that our FA claimed we needed the Japan friendly to improve our fifa rankings. One would think we would assemble our best arsenals to massacre them. So what happens to our rankings now should we lose against the blue sumurai

    • maka says:

      @PN: same thing i was thinking! now u see, the japan match is filling some pockets already….chop-chop!

      but if we drop in the rankings/seeding for the play-offs, then we will fry the balls of these useless FA GUYS..

  10. a gyan says:

    only decent player in that squad is adomah

  11. voluntory c. says:

    What about Assifuah? try him too before he withers away.

  12. Ishaak says:

    With the point build up even if Ghana looses five times against the japanese we won’t drop from the first five so guys don’t worry.

  13. nigeria peoples are my toilet says:

    go ghana go black stars,go africa

  14. Edward says:

    I believe if Coach Appiah tells his boys to play tika taka football, they can easily beat Japan with that team. However if they play stomach football as they play against Zambia, then they are in for a hiding. I was not impressed with the game against Zambia. As the Assistant coach said the better team lost.

  15. GH Panther says:

    well, i think appiah knws his players for the play-offs. Most of the likely starters are the ones dropped(except the back four)even tho i think the returnees shd play more to blend with the existing team. I can discern appiah has already started planning for his worldcup squad shd we mk it. These players are mostly the substitutes and potential future regulars save the defence who were shaky against zambia. I for one hv no problem cos this is the only time(a friendly) dat u can assess players and plan a selection of squad for tournament proper. potentials like rahman chibsah, braimah,frank acheampong etc will never get a chance to shine or justify their inclusion if the big guns are not dropped.

  16. sean says:

    i think Jonathan shud ve bn drop for Awal

  17. Midori is my hero says:

    I have already bought my ticket for the match and I don’t know if I should waste my time to go and watch the match.
    It’s take 2 hours to drive to the venue.I don’t want to go there to see Ghana loosing

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