Great Olympics shot-stopper Stephen Kwaku has been handed a late call-up to the Black Galaxies for the 2022 Championship of African Nations (CHAN) to take place in Algeria.
The 29-year old is drafted into the team as replacement for Abdulai Iddrisu who recently signed for Tanzanian fold FC Azam from Bechem United.
Abdulai Iddrisu who finished last season as the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets in the Ghana Premier League (17) left the Black Galaxies camp last weekend to sign a 2-year deal with Azam.
The development meant that Abdulai Iddrisu is ineligible to represent Ghana in the competition specifically created for players playing in their country’s own domestic league, thus Stephen Kwaku has called up as replacement.
Stephen Kwaku is no new face to the Black Galaxies team. The Great Olympics goalkeeper was part of the team that qualified Ghana for the CHAN tournament. He was also part of the provisional team for the competition.
Kwaku will compete with Asante Kotoko’s Ibrabim Danland and William Essu of Legon Cities for a place in post for Ghana at the competition to be played from Friday, January 13 to Sunday, February 4.
The Black Galaxies have been drawn in Group C and will kick start their CHAN campaign against Madagascar on Sunday, January 15, before playing Sudan on Thursday, January 19 and then Morocco on Monday, January 23.
Meanwhile, Daniel Afriyie Barnieh has returned to camp base after sealing a move to Swiss fold FC Zurich.
Barnieh left the team’s camp base days ago and journeyed to Switzerland, where he sealed a 3-year deal with FC Zurich from Hearts of Oak for an undisclosed fee.