The surprise recall of captain Stephen Appiah to the Ghana squad for their 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifier against Libya in Tripoli has overshadowed the absence of his successor, the giant defender John Mensah.
Appiah has not played an international match since 1 December 2007, and he has struggled with a knee ligament injury that kept him out of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year.
Mensah, known as ‘The Rock' for his defensive qualities, filled in as captain for the tournament and was recently signed by French champions Lyon. However, he is out of the game because of injury, as is Asamoah Gyan, who recently joined Rennes.
Goalkeepers: William Amamoo (Telecom Egypt), Richard Kingson (unattached), George Owu (Al Masry)
Defenders: Eric Addo (PSV Eindhoven), Harrison Afful (Asante Kotoko), Issah Gabriel (Randers), Samuel Inkoom (Asante Kotoko), John Paintsil (Fulham), Jonathan Quartey (Kaizer Chiefs)
Midfielders: Anthony Annan (Staeback), Stephen Appiah (unattached), Agyeman Badu (Berekum Arsenal), Haminu Dramani (Lokomotiv Moscow), Michael Essien (Chelsea), Laryea Kingston (Hearts), Sulley Muntari (Inter Milan), Quincy Owusu Abeyie (Birmingham City)
Forwards: Junior Agogo (Zamalek), Eric Bekoe (Asante Kotoko), Chris Dickson (Charlton Athletic), Kwadwo Poku (Asante Kotoko)
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