LIVE FROM JAPAN: 12 players ruled out of Kirin Cup as Otto Addo celebrates birthday


The Black Stars have had a depleted squad in Japan ahead of the Kirin Cup following injury situations and illness

Ghana will have to compete with only 18 players in the 2022 Kirin Cup to be staged in Japan this weekend.

The Black Stars left Angola on Monday after sharing the spoils 1-1 with Central Africa Republic in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and touched down in Tokyo, Japan on Wednesday morning.

However, a lot of the players have been ruled out of the game due to various reasons.

Notably among them include midfielder Daniel Kofi Kyereh who has left the team’s camp to Germany as he nears a move to a Bundesliga club ahead of the new season.

Also, defender Gideon Mensah, Elisha Owusu, Denis Odoi, Kamaldeen Sulemana and Osman Bukari have been ruled out due to COVID-19. The players tested positive of the deadly disease and are not going to play a role in the games.

Also, box-to-box midfielder Baba Idrissu is expected to miss the games as he is injured as well as Joseph Paintsil and Jonathan Mensah who had a head injury against Central African Republic.

Bechem United winger Augustine Okrah and Asante Kotoko goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim were initially billed to be part of the team but the duo could not make it.

Meanwhile, Reading defender Abdul Baba Rahman has arrived in camp after he was initially ruled out of the games due to injury concerns.

Also, Andre Ayew and his younger brother Jordan Ayew are available while Hearts of Oak youngster Daniel Afriyie Barnieh is expected to make his senior national team bow.

In other related news, Ghana coach Otto Addo celebrated his birthday with the help of the technical team, players and management committee members.

Ghana will face Japan in the semifinals of the Kirin Cup and later square it off with the winner or loser of the game between Tunisia and Chile.


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