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Foreign-based players dominate Black Stars squad ahead of Sudan clash 

Ghana coach Akonnor has named his 23-man squad for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sudan, which is dominated by foreign-based players.

Competitive football has been suspended since March this year due to the coronavirus outbreak in the West African country.

The 2019/20 Ghana Premier League was also suspended by the Ghana FA due to the coronavirus outbreak.

With government easing restrictions on football activities in October, players on the domestic scene have been rendered inactive for close to eight months without competitive football.

This influenced the decision by Ghana coach Akonnor not to select any locally-based player for the international friendlies against Mali and Qatar last month.

Akonnor supervised a side dominated by foreign-based players in those games as head coach of the Black Stars.

With football restart set for November, players in the domestic top-flight can start to compete and then later be considered for call-ups by the technical handlers of the national teams.

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Players on the domestic scene have become rusty and will need more weeks of training and competitive games to get back in shape before they can be considered for national team selection.

Asante Kotoko new signing Razak Abalora is the only locally-based player to have made the 23-man squad for the doubleheader.

Below is the 23-man squad for the doubleheader against Sudan

Squad list:

Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori (Orlando Pirates FC), Razak Abalora (Asante Kotoko SC), Lawrence Ati-Zigi (St Gallen)

Defenders: Baba Abdul Rahman (Chelsea FC), Gideon Mensah (Vitoria de Guimaraes, Afful Harrison (Columbus Crew FC), Anang Benson (MSK Zilina), Djiku Alexander (Strasbourg FC), John Boye (FC Metz), Nicholas Opoku (Amiens FC), Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo)

Midfielders: Partey Thomas (Arsenal FC), Baba Idrissu (RCD Mallorca), Mubarak Wakaso (Jiangsu Suning FC), Emmanuel Lomotey (Amiens FC)

Forwards/Wingers:

Andre Ayew (Swansea City FC), Tariq Fosu (Brentford), Samuel Owusu (Al-Ahli Jeddah) Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace FC), Caleb Ekuban (Trabzonspor), Jamie Leweling (Greuther Furth), John Antwi (Pyramids FC), Jeffery Schlupp (Crystal Palace)

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