Ghana have released an updated squad for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against South Africa and Sao Tome e Principe, but confirmed that a number of their leading players will not feature against Bafana Bafana.
The likes of captain Andre Ayew (Swansea City), forward Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) and midfielder Thomas Partey (Arsenal) will only link up with the team for their home clash with Sao Tome.
By skipping South Africa, it means they will not have to quarantine on their return to the United Kingdom after the international window.
Hoffenheim centre-back Kasim Adams Nuhu has also withdrawn, while Vitoria Guimaraes left-back Gideon Mensah is injured and Hamburg defender Stephan Ambrosius has rejected the call-up, opting instead to play for Germany’s Under-21 side.
Coach CK Akonnor has called up Asante Kotoko defender Yussif Mubarik and former Cape Town City centre-back Joseph Adjei to replace them.
Ghana will arrive in South Africa on Tuesday, where Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Richard Ofori will link up with the squad, despite having been missing for the last two weeks through injury.
The match against Bafana Bafana will be on Thursday at Soccer City, where victory would ensure the Black Stars’ qualification for the Nations Cup finals in Cameroon early next year.
Travelling squad to South Africa:
Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Razak Abalora (Asante Kotoko, Ghana), Eric Ofori Antwi (Medeama SC, Ghana), Danlad Ibrahim (Asante Kotoko, Ghana)
Fullbacks: Baba Abdul Rahman (PAOK, Greece), Benson Annan (MLK Zilina, Slovakia), Philemon Baffuor (Dreams FC, Ghana), Imoro Ibrahim (Asante Kotoko)
Central Defenders: Nicholas Opoku (Amiens SC, France), Ganiyu Ismael (Asante Kotoko, Ghana), Joseph Adjei (Legon Cities), Yussif Mubarik (Asante Kotoko)
Central Midfield: Kudus Mohammed (Ajax Amsterdam, Holland), Mubarak Wakaso (Jiangsu Suning FC, China), Afriyie Acquah (Yeni Malatyaspor, Turkey), Emmanuel Lomotey (Amiens SC, France), Gladson Awako (Great Olympics, Ghana), Justice Blay (Medeama SC, Ghana), Kwame Afriyie Poku (Colchester United, England)
Left Attacking Midfield: Osman Bukari (Gent, Belgium), Joseph Esso (Dreams FC, Ghana)
Attackers: Emmanuel Boateng (Dalian Professional, China), Emmanuel Gyasi (Spezia, Italy), Kwame Opoku (Asante Kotoko, Ghana), John Antwi (Pyramids FC, Egypt), Kwasi Okyere Wriedt (Willem II, Holland), Caleb Ekuban (Trabzonspor, Turkey)