Ghana includes 3 uncapped players

Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic included uncapped trio Adam

Kwarasey, Rabiu Mohammed and Albert Adomah in his squad for the

penultimate round of qualifiers in the African Cup of Nations.

Stevanovic named Kwarasey, a goalkeeper with Norway’s

Stromgodest, France-based midfielder Rabiu and Adomah of England’s

Bristol City in Wednesday’s 23-man selection for the Group I match

with Swaziland on Sept. 2 and a friendly international against

Brazil in London on Sept. 5.

Kwarasey and Adomah were expected to make their debuts against

Nigeria in Watford this month but that match was canceled because

of rioting in nearby London.

They will get another chance at a first cap when unbeaten Ghana

– which shares top spot in its African qualifying group with Sudan

– faces winless Swaziland in Accra.

Kwarasey was born in Norway but opted to play for his father’s

home country. Leicester’s John Paintsil, Lyon’s John Mensah, Inter

Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari and strikers Asamoah Gyan of

Sunderland and Prince Tagoe of Hoffenheim were all picked.

Chelsea’s Michael Essien was unavailable through injury after

undergoing surgery to repair ligament damage in his right knee

sustained in preseason training, ruling him out for up to six

months.

It is the third serious knee injury for the 28-year-old Essien

and puts him in doubt for the 2012 Cup of Nations, which starts in

late January. He was also ruled out of last year’s World Cup and

left the 2010 Cup of Nations early – both because of knee

problems.

Essien played his first game for Ghana in more than a year in

the last round of qualifiers in June.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Richard Kingson, Adam Kwarasey, Ernest Sowah.

Defenders: Samuel Inkoom, John Paintsil, Isaac Vorsah, Jonathan

Mensah, Lee Addy, Daniel Opare, John Mensah.

Midfielders: Andre Ayew, Kwadwo Asamoah, Emmanuel Agyeman-Badu,

Sulley Muntari, Anthony Annan, Albert Adomah, Rabiu Mohammed, Derek

Boateng.

Strikers: Asamoah Gyan, Prince Tagoe, Dominic Adiyiah, Jordan

Ayew, Nathaniel Asamoah.