Ghana’s home-based national team will starting camping on Monday ahead of a three-nation tournament in Liberia later this month.
The local Black Stars team will begin the camping in Obuasi to prepare for the tournament to be playede from 24-26 May.
Ghana have been invited to join Guinea and hosts Liberia to celebrate the AU’s 50th anniversary.
Twenty five players have been selected by coach Dauda Lutterodt to take part in the training camp in Obuasi.
The local Black Stars will also use the tournament to prepare for their CHAN qualifier against Benin in June.
Goalkeepers: Joseph Addo (Heart of Lions) Foli Adade (Dwarfs) and Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars)
Defenders: Godfred Saka (Aduana) Christopher Bonney and Francis Morton (Dwarfs) Joshua Otoo and Tijani Joshua (Wa All Stars) Nuru Sulley (Hearts of Oak) Kwabena Edusei and Rashid Sumaila (Asante Kotoko) and Godfred Rockson (Medeama)
Midfielders: Yahaya Mohammed (Amidaus) Moro Abubakar and Winfred Cobbinah (Hearts of Oak) Owusu Jackson and Jordan Opoku (Berekum Chelsea) Daniel Darkwah (Aduana) Latif Mohammed (AshantiGold) Richard Mpong, Michael Akuffu and Michael Helegbe (Asante Kotoko)
Attackers: Yakubu Mohammed (AshantiGold) Mahatma Otoo (Hearts of Oak) and Sulemana Mohammed (King Faisal).
Ashantigold chief Kudjoe Fianoo has confirmed receiving a bid from Kotoko for striker Yakubu Mohammed but insists he’s not for sale.
Kotoko have slapped in an official request for the services of the striker who has impressed heavily for the miners over the past twos seasons.
Kotoko coach Mad-ud Dramani is believed to be a huge admirer of the talented arrowman and wants to break bank to bring him to Kumasi.
But that could prove difficult after the club’s Chief Executive Kudjoe Fianoo revealed he will only be sold to a foreign club.
“When the second window was opened, Dr KK Sarpong called me to request about the availabity of Yakubu Mohammed,” Fianoo told Obuasi-based Time FM
“They have written to us. But we also have plans for him. We want to keep him so that he can challenge for the goal king crown which will enhance his value.
“We think he has a future at Ashantigold. We want him to go to Europe so that he can develop just as Jonathan Mensah, Wakaso and others have done.
“All the parties involved have agreed that it is Ashantigold or a foreign club.”
The Porcupine Warriors are scouring the market for a new striker to compliment the effort of Kofi Nti Boakye especially.
Kotoko have not hidden their interest in the bulky striker after the club’s chief Dr Kofi Kodua Sarpong publicly expressed interest in bringing him to Kumasi.
Kotoko have been impressed with Mohammed’s outstanding display in the top-flight over the past two years where he has hit double figures.
Referee Samuel Sukah and his two assistant were subjected to physical beatings by irate Berekum Arsenal fans after their 3-0 defeat to Kotoko on Sunday.
The notorious fans poured their frustration on Sukah and his two assistants Dawood Quedragou and James Mornah and manhandled them at the Golden City Park after losing 3-0.
Sukah has revealed the ordeal the match officials went through at the notorious grounds insisting he feared he could die.
‘After the match we were attacked by the supporters. They threw missiles at us and had to take the intervention of the military to save our lives,” Sukah told Fox FM
“It wasn’t easy at all. It was a scary moment for us. We were hit by the stones and other objects.
“There were signals before the game.Before we entered the stadium, we were heckled by the supporters. We even threatened not to officiate but the police intervened and sent us to the field.
“They (Berekum Arsenals) were bent on winning the match at all cost. But it didn’t go their way and so they vented their anger on us.
“I have experienced such things before but Sunday’s incident was very scary and we feared they could kill us.”
“I am going to send my report to the Ghana FA and I will make sure I capture everything.”
The latest crowd trouble is becoming a huge source of worry for the Ghana FA who must stamp their authority and dish out heavy punishment to serve as deterrent.
By Patrick Akoto
Goalkeeper Abdoulaye Soulama has agreed a long-term extension of his contract which could see him end his career at Kotoko, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.
The 33-year-old has finally agreed to put pen-to-paper on a long term deal to put speculations surrounding his future at rest.
The Burkinabe international has been a permanent fixture in the side since joining the club five years ago.
“I have agreed to extend my contract with the club because my contract expires at the end of this season. My future lies with Kotoko and I am very happy here,” Soulama told Sunyani-based Suncity Radio.
“I will go to Burkina for our World Cup qualifiers early next month after which I will officially sign the dotted lines.
“I want to assure all Kotoko supporters that I will be here with them next season.”
Kotoko are also tracking Ashantigold shot-stopper Fatau Dauda as well as Ebusua Dwarfs Foli Adade.