Okrah, Opoku, Agyemang Badu & Antwi dropped from Kotoko squad to face Kano Pillars

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The Porcupine Warriors head to Nigeria for their opening of the Caf Champions League without several key players after pruning down their squad

Asante Kotoko coach Kjetil Zachariassen has officially announced an 18-man squad ahead of their Caf Champions League first leg against Kano Pillars on Sunday in Nigeria.

After an initial 23 players sent to camp last week, the team proceeded to Accra to fine tune on the Accra Academy artificial turf in order to be much ready for the task.

New captain Felix Annan will lead the players in their quest to conquer Africa alongside new striker George Abege and Richard Arthur.

However, conspicuously missing from the squad is former Ghana Premier League topscorer and goalking Augustine Okrah as well as Jordan Opoku and Martin Antwi.

The others also excluded include Ghana U-23 goalkeeper Kwame Baah and centre-back Emmanuel Agyeman Badu and the five players are expected to head back to Kumasi on Thursday.

The return leg has been scheduled for August 24 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Felix Annan, Osei Kwame

Defenders: Wahab Adams, Samuel Frimpong, Ampem Dacosta, Augustine Sefah, Evans Owusu, Patrick Yeboah, Stephen Ayiku Tetteh

Midfielders: Habib Mohammed, Alexis Didi, Justice Blay, Kelvin Andoh, Emmanuel Gyamfi, Godfred Asiamah

Strikers: Richard Arthur, George Abege, Naby Keita

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