Chris Hughton strengthens squad for Central African Republic and Liberia games with late addition

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Leicester City forward Abdul Fatawu Issahaku has been drafted into the Black Stars squad for the 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Central African Republic and the friendly game against Liberia.

Abdul Fatawu Issahaku who recently signed for Leicester City on loan from Sporting Lisbon joins the team as replacement for Genk forward, Joseph Painstil.

Paintsil withdrew from the squad on Tuesday evening due to an injury he suffered while playing for Genk in Sunday’s league game against Anderlecht.

The winger was granted permission by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to leave camp and immediately return to his club in Belgium to commence rehabilitation.

In bid to fill the void created by the Genk winger, the technical team headed by Chris Hughton has handed a call-up to Abdul Fatawu Issahaku.

The winger is expected to join the rest of the team in Kumasi by the close of the day. However, it is unclear whether he will feature in the game against Central African Republic.

Abdul Fatawu Issahaku has been a regular member of the Black Stars since making his debut in a 3-1 win against Zimbabwe in a World Cup qualifier in November 2021.

He has represented the team on 14 occasions and scored a goal, coming in a 1-0 win against Nicaragua in a friendly encounter in September 2022.

The arrival of the youngster improves the Ghana team ahead of the game against Central Africa Republic on Thursday, September 07 at the Baba Yara Sports and against Liberia on Tuesday, September 12.

Below are the 25 players in camp for the games:

Goalkeepers: Lawrence Ati Zigi, Abdul Manaf Nurudeen, Richard Ofori

Defenders: Alidu Seidu, Kingsley Schindler, Stephan Ambrosius, Joseph Aidoo, Alexander Djiku, Nicholas Opoku, Baba Abdul Rahman, Gideon Mensah

Midfielders: Abdul Samed-Salis, Baba Iddrisu, Edmund Addo, Andre Ayew, Elisha Owusu, Mohammed Kudus, Ransford Konigsdorffer

Forwards: Inaki Williams, Jordan Ayew, Antoine Semenyo, Ernest Nuamah, Osman Bukari, Jonathan Sowah, Abdul Fatawu Issahaku

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