Ghana name 29 players in provisional squad – Injured Essien included

11th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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There are some countries which have already named their 23-man squad for the World Cup in South Africa. Ghana on the other hand have selected 29 in a provisional squad which will need to be reduced by nine before the finals commence, with Ghana coach Rajevac claiming, “It hasn’t been easy”.

Milovan Rejevac spent weeks on the road in preparation for the crucial selection process, with the aim being to get a good look at what’s on offer around Europe. The Volcanic ash cloud slowed down his progress, as Rejevac travelled to England, Norway and Italy amongst other countries. So, we suppose it was somewhat understandable that his list of 29 could have been far bigger. The term ‘a kid in a sweet shop’ probably springs to mind.

The majority of those 29 named ply their trade across the European leagues, but the stand out was their high profile Midfielder, Michael Essien. However, the Chelsea stalwart hasn’t played a competitive game since January although is expected to be fit in time for the finals. It was common knowledge that even though Essien has been out of action for a sustained period of time, Ghana were always going to call on his services in South Africa.

John Mensah of Sunderland is the other notable name, while former Portsmouth Midfielder, Sulley Muntari, gets a recall to the Ghana squad after missing the entire African Cup of Nations. It’s a squad which certainly isn’t short of European experience, with some knowing just what it takes to play against some of the world’s very best players, day in and day out. That should bode well for coach Milovan Rejevac and Ghana.

Richard Kingson (Wigan Athletic), John Pantsil (Fulham) and Kevin-Prince Boateng (Portsmouth) should also be familiar with Premier League followers.

 

Ghana will face a couple of friendlies before the finals itself, but Ghana kick off their World Cup in South Africa against Serbia on the 13th June before clashes with Australia and Germany in a tough looking Group D.


Ghana 29-man provisional squad:

Goalkeepers: Richard Kingson, Daniel Agyei, Stephen Ahorlu, Stephen Adams

Defenders: Samuel Inkoom, Eric Addo, Jonathan Mensah, Lee Addy, Rahim Ayew, Hans Sarpei, John Mensah, Isaac Vorsah, John Pantsil

Midfielders: Sulley Muntari, Derek Boateng, Anthony Annan, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Kwadwo Asamoah Andre Ayew, Michael Essien, Stephen Appiah, Haminu Draman, Quincy Owusu Abeyie, Bernard Kumordzie, Laryea Kingston, Kevin-Prince Boateng

Forwards: Matthew Amoah, Asamoah Gyan, Prince Tagoe, Dominic Adiyiah  

 




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