Midfielder Alhassan Wakaso and defender Andy Yiadom have been handed debut Ghana call ups for next weekend’s 2018 FIFA World Cup clash with Egypt on 13 November 2016 in Alexandria.

Wakaso of Portuguese side, Rio Ave and Yiadom of English second-tier side, Barnsley were the only new faces named by Ghana coach Avram Grant in his 23-man squad for the must-win clash against the Pharaohs.

West Ham midfielder Andre Ayew makes a return to the squad after missing out on the barren draw against Uganda last month, whilst the sad news is that captain Asamoah Gyan will play no part due to injury.

In the build up to the crucial game, the Black Stars are expected to hold a training camp in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from Sunday, 6 November 2016 before departing for the Mediterranean city of Alexandria five days later.

Ghana will be chasing their first win in Group E of the qualifiers after drawing against Uganda last month.

Egypt lead Group E with three points – two more than second-placed Ghana and Uganda.

Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Razak Braimah (Cordoba, Spain), Adam Kwarasey (Rosenborg, Norway) Richard Ofori (Wa All Stars)

Defenders: Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA), Andy Yiadom (Barnsley, England), Baba Rahman (Schalke, Germany), Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester City, England), John Boye (Sivasspor, Turkey), Jonathan Mensah (Anzhi, Russia), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City, England), Edwin Gyimah (Orlando Pirates, South Africa)

Midfielders: Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Torino, Italy), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain) Mubarak Wakaso (Panathinaikos, Greece), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium), Christian Atsu (Newcastle, England), Alhassan Wakaso (Rio Ave, Portugal), Samuel Tetteh (Leifering, Austria)

Forwards: Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa, England), Abdul-Majeed Waris (Lorient, France), Andre Ayew (West Ham, England), Ebenezer Assifuah (Sion, Switzerland)

Source: Confederation of African Football.

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