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2023 AFCON qualifiers: Six-month INACTIVE Mubarak Wakaso earns ‘wildcard’ Black Stars call-up

Published on: 26 May 2022

Midfielder Mubarak Wakaso has shockingly earned a Black Stars invite for the AFCON qualifiers against Madagascar and Central African Republic next month. 

The 31-year-old has been inactive since the start of the year and failed to make an appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations early this year.

He also missed the World Cup playoffs against Nigeria in March but returns to the team for the first two games of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The former Deportivo Alaves player will also travel with the team for the Kirin Cup tournament in Japan next month.

Meanwhile, Black Stars skipper Andre Ayew and Benjamin Tetteh makes a return to the team after missing out of the 2022 World Cup playoff against Nigeria due to suspension.

Bristol City forward Antoine Semenyo will be making his debut after missing out on his first call up for the World Cup playoff against Nigeria due to injury.

Bechem United star Augustine Okrah has been handed his debut call up by Coach Otto Addo for the upcoming games.

The Black Stars  take on Madagascar in their opening game on June 1 at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium.

Ghana will travel for the second game against Central Africa Republic which will be played in Angola.

Below is the full squad

GOALKEEPERS Jojo Wollacott- Swidon Town Abdul Manaf Nurudeen- Eupen Lawrence Ati-Zigi- St. Gallen Richard Ofori- Orlando Pirates

Defenders Denis Odoi- Club Brugge Alidu Seidu- Clermont Foot Gideon Mensah- Bordeaux Abdul Baba Rahman- Reading Abdul Mumin- Vitoria Guimaraes Daniel Amartey- Leicester City Joseph Aidoo- Celta Vigo Jonathan Mensah – Columbus Crew

MIDFIELDERS Iddrisu Baba- Mallorca Edmund Addo- Sheriff Tiraspol Elisha Owusu – KAA Gent Mohammed Kudus- Ajax Daniel Kofi Kyereh- St. Pauli Mubarak Wakaso- Shenzhen

WINGERS Joseph Paintsil- Genk Andre Ayew- Al Sadd Augustine Okrah- Bechem United Osman Bukari- Nantes Abdul Fatawu Issahaku- Sporting CP Kamaldeen Sulemana- Stade Rennes Yaw Yeboah- Columbus Crew Christopher Antwi-Adjei- Bochum

STRIKER Jordan Ayew- Crystal Palace Daniel Afriyie- Hearts of Oak Felix Afena Gyan- AS Roma Kwesi Okyere Wriedt- Holstien Kiel Antoine Semenyo- Bristol City Benjamin Tetteh- Yeni Malatyaspor Braydon Manu- SV Darmstadt

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