UEFA Europa League
Previous
PFC Litex Lovech
FC Veris
5:45 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
Aalesund
Molde
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Athlone Town FC
Limerick FC
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Derry City
Bray
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Drogheda Utd
Cork
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
UCD
Sligo
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Bohemians
St Patricks
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Shamrock
Dundalk
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
San Jose
DC United
3:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Unión Comercio
Inti Gas Deportes
6:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Melgar
León de Huánuco
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Olmedo
Club Deportivo Cuenca
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Liga de Loja
Mushuc Runa
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Houston Dash
Boston Breakers
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Next
 Posted by ESPN Staff
May, 12, 2006

Ghana ring the changes in World Cup squad

ACCRA, May 12 (Reuters) - Ghana coach Ratomir Dujkovic revealed several surprises when he named his final 23-man squad for the World Cup finals on Friday, the first of the five African representatives to do so.

The Serbian-born coach has made wholesale changes from the squad which performed so badly in the African Nations Cup in January, including a call-up for uncapped defender Habib Mohamed and recalls for Shilla Alhassan Illiasu and Razak Pimpong, who had played no part in Ghana's national side in recent years.

Illiasu is one of four locally-based players named in the squad and receives his first call-up since last appearing national team in September 1998. Pimpong, a striker from FC Copenhagen in Denmark, has won just one previous cap, in 2002.

Mohamed, who had been on trial at Maccabi Netanya in Israel earlier this year, has been an outstanding performer in Ghana's domestic league in recent years.

There were also recalls after a two-year absence for defender Daniel Quaye, Derek Boateng and goalkeeper Richard Kingston.

As expected, Dujkovic also handed a berth to the PSV Eindhoven defender Eric Addo, whose last full international was at the 1998 African Nations Cup finals.

The side is to be captained by Stephen Appiah, whose midfield combination with Chelsea's Michael Essien had been pivotal in the team's qualification.

Dujkovic made a major overhaul from Nations Cup, where the Black Stars failed to make it past the first round.

Of his 23-man squad for the tournament in Egypt, fewer than half are heading to Germany where Ghana face the Czech Republic, Italy and the United States in their group.

Essien, Asamoah Gyan and Suklley Ali Muntari return after they missed the Nations Cup through injury.

The notable absentee is the Bundesliga-based striker Isaac Boakye, whose injury woes have again cost him a chance to compete at a major tournament.

Dujkovic had tested a number of fringe players in recent friendlies against German and French clubs but few emerged to make the squad.

Goalkeepers: Sammy Adjei (Moadan Sport Ashdod, Israel), Richard Kingston (Ankaraspor, Turkey), George Owu (AsantiGold).

Defenders: Eric Addo (PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands), Issah Ahmed (Randers, Denmark), Sheila Illiasu (Asante Kotoko), Samuel Osei Kuffour (AS Roma, Italy), John Mensah (Stade Rennes, France), Habib Mohammed (King Faisal Babes, Ghana), John Painstil (Hapoel Tel Aviv, Israel), Emmanuel Pappoe (Hapoel Kfar Saba, Israel), Daniel Quaye (Hearts of Oak), Hans Sarpei (VfL Wolfsburg, Germany)

Midfielders: Otto Addo (FSV Mainz, Germany), Stephen Appiah (Fenerbahce, Turkey), Derek Boateng (AIK Stockholm, Sweden), Haminu Dramani (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro), Michael Essien (Chelsea, England), Sulley Ali Muntari (Udinese, Italy)

Strikers: Matthew Amoah (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Asamoah Gyan (Modena, Italy), Razak Pimpong (FC Copenhagen, Denmark), Alex Tachie-Mensah (St. Gallen, Switzerland)

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.