Know More About The 7 New Black Stars Call-Ups
Kwesi Appiah has announced seven new names to serve Ghana. While some of them are slightly familiar, some are names we’ve heard before but with no faces while others have left us asking “who are they?”
Appiah’s new debutants are found in every department of play. We have a new goalkeeper, defender, midfielders as well as attackers.
Our knowledge of each of these players vary but the most common questions are where do they play, how about their game-time time, are we talking youngsters or prime footballers? The ultimate question of “how good are they” will be answered on the pitch.
For now, let us learn a few facts about each individual star before they put on that famous, heavy and dream white shirt of Ghana’s national team, the Black Stars.
Adjei is a 25-year-old German-Ghanaian midfielder. He plays his football for Bundesliga minnows, SC Paderborn. He has so far played all his football career in Germany and essentially plays in the left and right midfield – never centrally. Adjei has played in all his team’s nine games this season and has one goal and zero assists.
Another left-footer and he is always exciting. In Jibril, we’re looking at a 28-year-old attacking midfielder. Congolese and African giants, TP Mazembe is the team he has called his own since July 2019.
The former Hearts of Oak man is far better known in Egypt and Saudi Arabia where he played for four clubs in five years. Jebrin offers his attacking game through the middle.
Meet Baba, a defensive midfielder is cast in the mould of Thomas Partey. And guess what? Baba also plays in Spain’s Laliga for Real Mallorca. He is 23 years old and arrived in Spain to play for Leganes’ U19 side. There are no questions about his game-time, the Accra-born star has played in all 10 league games for Mallorca.
There’s nothing exciting like a 19-year-old stepping into senior football. This kid is a number 10-wearing & left-footed central midfielder for Denmark’s Nordsjaelland. He has five goals in 12 games this season. The Right to Dream Academy is where it started.
Another left-footer. This is Mohammmed Salisu, a central defender for Real Valladolid in LaLiga. He is 20 years old and has he faced Lionel Messi? Yes. Does he play regularly? Yes (11 appearances, one goal this season).
Azam FC goalkeeper Razak Abalora has been included in Ghana’s squad for the first time after his scintillating performances in the Tanzanian Premier League and the CAF Confederations Cup.
The WAFA graduate joined Azam FC in 2017 and helped them win the Kagame Interclub Cup in 2018. A few years ago, Abalora was the first choice keeper for the Black Stars B, now the 23-year-old shot-stopper has to battle it out with Richard Ofori and Felix Annan.
Lastly, we have a familiar figure – unless you do not follow the Ghana Premier League. Mumuni is one of the league’s best strikers for Ashanti Gold.
The absence of local football hasn’t prohibited the inclusion of Ashgold striker, Shafiu Mumuni who has shone whenever given the chance.
The captain of the Black Stars B team netted four times at the recent WAFU Cup of Nations to finish as top scorer. Earlier this year, Mumuni scored a hat trick against Akonangui FC in the qualification stages of the CAF Confederations Cup as well.
Ghana Black Stars will host Bafana Bafana on Thursday, November 14 at the Cape Coast stadium. The second qualifier will be out in São Tomé and Príncipe on Monday, November 17, 2019.