Muntari, Appiah Return For March Friendly

Inter Milan’s Sulley Muntari, skipper Stephen Appiah of Bologna and his deputy John Mensah are the high profile players that Coach Milovan Rajevac

would name tomorrow as part of his squad for the March 3 friendly against Paraguay in Rustenburg, South Africa.

However, Hearts of Scotland’s Laryea Kingston who last week played for his side in the Scottish Premier League, would not be part of the team whilst Michael Essien and Fulham’s John Painstil are still sidelined due to injury.

Getafe of Spain’s Derek Boateng and back to live Prince Tagoe of Hoffenheim are the other players who are being considered by the Serbian for the Black Stars match against the South Americans which falls on a FIFA international football day.

The rest of the team would be made up of players who played in the just-ended Nations Cup tournament in Angola. They include goalkeeper Richard Kingson, Anthony Annan, Asamoah Gyan, Kwadwo Asamoah, Samuel Inkoom and youngster Agyemang Badu who recently joined Udinese of Italy.

Muntari was axed from the CAN tournament due to indiscipline while Appiah who just began kicking a ball and John Mensah, were injured.

Coach Rajevac is expected to use the match to assess the physical fitness of his players especially those returning to action ahead of the June World Cup.

Since the Albirrojas would field all their top players including Man City’s Roque Santa Cruz and Nelson Valdez, the Serbian is taking no chances as he wants to build a formidable side for the mundial.
Ghana is in Group D of the World Cup, alongside former champions Germany, Serbia and Australia, while Paraguay battles Italy, New Zealand and Slovakia in Group F.

By Charles Nixon Yeboah