Stevanovic drops Ayew from Ghana’s trip to Sudan

Karim Farouk, Thursday 29 Sep 2011

Andre Ayew and Richard Kingson have been excluded from the squad that will face Sudan and Ghana

Andre Ayew

Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic has sparked controversy after dropping in-form Marseille playmaker Andre Ayew from his squad that will take on Sudan in the final match of the African Cup of Nations (CAN) qualifiers on 8 October.

The Serbian tactician has already warned that he won’t call up players who don’t play regular football at their clubs.

The decision was understandable for keeper Richard Kingson, who has yet to play his first game this season, but Ayew has delivered a string of fine performances, including a double against Dortmund in Marseille in Wednesday’s 3-0 Champions League victory.

According to reports in the local media, it is believed that Stevanovic wants to give Ayew some rest, especially that the Black Stars have already secured their qualification to the CAN.

Here is the 22-man list:

Adam Larsen Kwarasey (Stromgodest), Ernest Sowah (Berekum Chelsea), Daniel Agyei (Liberty Professionals)

Massawudu Alhassan (FC Genoa, Italy), John Paintsil (Leicester City, England), Isaac Vorsah (TSG Hoffenheim, Germany), John Mensah (Lyon, France), Lee Addy (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege, Belgium), Yaw Frimpong (Asante Kotoko)

Samuel Inkoom, Derek Boateng (FC Dnipro, Ukraine), Kwadwo Asamoah, Emmanuel Agyeman-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Sulley Muntari (Inter Milan, Italy), Anthony Annan (Vitesse Arnhem, Holland), Albert Adomah (Bristol City, England), Abu Mohammed (Stromgodest, Norway), Quincy Owusu-Abeyie (Panathinaikos, Greece)

Asamoah Gyan (Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates), Prince Tagoe (TSG Hoffenheim, Germany), Dominic Adiyiah (Karsiyaka, Turkey)

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