Ayew gets Ghana call, Essien left out

Marseille winger Jordan Ayew has been handed his first call-up to the Ghana national side for the opening 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Swaziland on 5 September.

The 19-year-old joins his elder brother and Marseille team-mate Andre in the Black Stars' 22-man squad.

Star midfielder Michael Essien, however, has once again been overlooked as the Chelsea man continues his recovery from a long-term knee injury.

Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari remains excluded from the squad for disciplinary reasons, after he left the Ghana camp without permission following their quarter-final elimination at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

The former Udinese and Portsmouth player also missed the last Africa Cup of Nations in January for disciplinary reasons.


Ghana squad:
Richard Kingson (free agent), Daniel Agyei (Liberty Professionals), Isaac Amoako (Asante Kotoko)

Defenders: John Pantsil (Fulham/ENG), Samuel Inkoom (Basel/SUI), Jonathan Mensah (Udinese/ITA), David Addy (Academica Coimbra/POR), Lee Addy (Bechem Chelsea), John Boye (Rennes/FRA), Isaac Vorsah (Hoffenheim/GER), Hans Adu Sarpei (Schalke 04/GER)

Midfielders: Anthony Annan (Rosenborg/NOR), Kwadwo Asamoah, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (both Udinese/ITA), Andre Ayew, Jordan Ayew (both Marseille/FRA), Kevin-Prince Boateng (Genoa/ITA), Bernard Kumordzie (Panionios/GRE)

Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Rennes/FRA), Matthew Amoah (NAC Breda/NED), Yaw Antwi (FK Vojvodina/SRB), Prince Tagoe (Hoffenheim/GER)