Ghana will likely drop most of its key players for the international friendly match against Japan which will be played days after the Black Stars host Zambia in the crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier.
Europe-based stars such as Michael Essien, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Kwadwo Asamoah and Andre Ayew might not join the team for the friendly match against the Asians on September 10.
This match to be played in Japan will come off just four-days after Ghana plays Zambia in the deciding Group D qualifier for next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
The long travelling hours in Japan is likely to put off some of Ghana’s regular players for their European clubs.
The players will very much like to return on time from the international break in order not to infuriate officials of the clubs as they look to cement the places.
The game in Japan also offers coach Akwasi Appiah the unique opportunity to try out other players who might not play against Zambia in the qualifier.
All these factors combined ensure Ghana will definitely not be taking the full set of the 26-man squad invited in the latest Black Stars squad for the Japan friendly.
Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi confirmed to reporters on Tuesday a pruned team of a maximum number of 20 players will be making the trip to Japan after the qualifier.
“No, no, no. We will be taking a maximum of 20 players to Japan,” he said.
“For this game (World Cup qualifier), we have 23 players for the game. The (remaining) three are express.
“And so only 23 players will wear jerseys for the game. 11 play and then 12 on the bench.
“But for the Japan game we will take a maximum of 20, it is between 18 and 20.”