Nations Cup 2015: Injury rules out key duo for Ghana

By Michael Oti AdjeiBBC Sport, Accra
Ghana coach Maxwell Konadu

Injury means Ghana will be without the influential pair of Asamoah Gyan and Kwadwo Asamoah for their final two 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Black Stars are top of Group E as they travel to Uganda on 15 November before hosting Togo four days later.

Both players are ruled out with knee injuries for the matches.

Gyan's absence means Ghana will have to do without their top scorer in the qualifiers, with three goals in four games.

Group E after four matches
Ghana8 points
Togo6 points
Uganda4 points
Guinea4 points

In his place Emmanuel Osei Banahene, who plays his club football in Saudi Arabia, gets a first call-up to the senior national team.

There is no place in caretaker coach Maxwell Konadu's squad side for Stromgodset goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey following his fall-out with the technical team after the 2014 World Cup.

Anderlecht's Frank Acheampong has also been ignored despite a recent run of good form for the Belgian side.

Ghana know a win against Uganda in Kampala will see them qualify for the Nations Cup finals for a fourth successive time since hosting the tournament in 2008.

Konadu will take charge of the two games before handing over to former Chelsea boss Avram Grant, providing he can agree financial terms with the Ghana Football Association.

Ghana squad:

Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda (AshGold), Adams Stephen (Aduana Stars) and Razak Braimah (Mirandes FC, Spain)

Defenders: Yaw Frimpong (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Harrison Afful (Esperance FC, Tunisia), Awal Mohammed (Maritzburg, South Africa), Baba Rahman (FC Augsburg, Germany), Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester City, England), John Boye (Erciyesspor, Turkey), Kwabena Adusei (Mpumalanga Black Aces, South Africa) and Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France)

Midfielders: Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Rabiu Mohammed (Krasnodar, Russia), Mubarak Wakaso (Celtic, Scotland), Atsu Christian (Everton, England), Asante Solomon (T.P. Mazembe, DR Congo), Gyimah Edwin (Mpumalanga Black Aces, South Africa), Afriyie Acquah (Parma FC, Italy) Andre Ayew (Olympique Marseille, France)

Strikers: Jordan Ayew (Lorient, France), Abdul-Majeed Waris (Trabzonspor, Turkey), David Accam (Helsenborg, Sweden), Emmanuel Osei Banahene, (Al Orobah, Saudi Arabia)

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