Ghana will be without its first choice Goalkeeper Richard Ofori for the Black Stars two international friendlies against Mali and Asian champions Qatar.
A statement on the Ghana Football Association website read: Goalkeeper Richard Ofori will miss Ghana’s friendly games against Mali and Qatar. The South Africa based shot stopper who has been Ghana’s safest pair of hands since 2016, is been ruled out of the games because his work permit has expired and would require at least, two weeks for it to be renewed. Coach C.K Akonnor, now has two goalkeepers, Lawrence Ati-Zigi and Razak Abalora, available for selection.
The statement added that ”Meanwhile Head Coach C.K Akonnor has handed late call ups to Turkey based duo, Caleb Ekuban (Trabzonspor) and Joseph Paintsil (Ankaragucu). Ekuban has been drafted in to replace John Antwi, while, Paintsil replaces Lumor Agbenyenu.”
Ekuban, who plays for Turkish side Trabzonspor, will be making a return to the team since July 2019 when he featured at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
The 26-year-old has regained full fitness and made two league appearances in the Turkish Super Lig.
Paintsil who is on a season-long loan move at Ankaragucu from Belgian side Genk, has also been handed his debut Black Stars call-up for the friendly.