Kumasi Asante Kotoko travelled to Sudan for preseason tour with a team of 20 players.
The Porcupine Warriors were initially scheduled to travel to Turkey last weekend for a 2-week preseason tour. However, the trip was cancelled due to the difficulties in acquiring visa.
Following the disappointing development, the club opted to travel to Sudan for the preseason tour, where they’ll engage in friendly games against opponents qualified for CAF competitions.
The team left the shores of Ghana on Sunday morning and landed in Sudan in the early hours of Ghana.
In the squad for the trip are the likes of Ismail Ganiyu, Richard Boadu, Isaac Oppong and so on. New boys Moise Pouaty, Fredrick Asare, Enerst Osei Poku, Enock Morrison, Eric Zeze Serge, Nicholas Osei Bonsu, Steven Mukwala also made the trip.
Surprise omissions from the squad include; Franck Etouga Mbella, Georges Mfegue, Patrick Asmah, Charles Owusu, Maxwell Agyemang, Samuel Boateng, Ibrabim Osman, Justice Blay and Mohammed Sharif who were all left out due to injuries.
Etuoga, Mfegue, Owusu, Asmah, Boateng and Agyemang are not part of our #Preseason22 traveling contingent to Sudan.— Asante Kotoko SC – 21/22 GPL Champions🥇 (@AsanteKotoko_SC) August 21, 2022
The said players are recovering from injuries and are therefore being monitored and assisted by our medical team in Ghana.
We wish them Speedy Recovery 🙏🏾. pic.twitter.com/FJkbp40NuB
Promising goalkeeper Ibrabim Danlad will also miss the trip due to his involvement with the local national team, the Black Galaxies.
Midfielder Richmond Lamptey and Ismail Ganiyu did not travel with the team to Sudan earlier today due their traveling documents. The duo are expected to join the team later in Sudan.
Asante Kotoko will play their first friendly game of the preseason tour against Sudanese Champions Al Hilal Omdurman on Tuesday, August 23 at the Al Hilal Stadium in Sudan.
Below is Asante Kotoko’s full squad for the trip;
Nicholas Osei Bonsu
Enerst Osei Poku
Eric Zeze Serge