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June 23, 2009

Ghana lose four key players for Sudan match

NAIVASHA, Kenya, June 17 (Reuters) – Four-times Africa champions Ghana have lost four top players as they prepare in Kenya for Saturday’s 2010 World Cup qualifier against Sudan.

Veteran skipper Stephen Appiah of Fenerbache, Inter Milan’s Sulley Muntari, West Ham’s John Panstil and Baffour Gyan of Russia’s FC Saturn are all out of the Group D encounter in Omdurman.

Ghana’s Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien, Rennes striker Asamoah Gyan, Lyon defender John Mensah, goalkeeper Richard Kingston of Wigan Athletic and Zamalek’s striker Junior Agogo are all in the team who beat Mali 2-0 two weeks ago.

There are several clear errors in this article and it also seems to suggest some things that are not true.

First of all, Ghana’s defender’s name is John Pantsil, not Panstil or Panstill. He also plays for Fulham not West Ham.

Second, Appiah, Muntari and Baffour Gyan did not play in the Mali game. The only player Ghana is missing from the squad that beat Mali is John Pantsil. Furthermore, Baffour Gyan is not a “key player” for the Black Stars. He is behind Asamoah Gyan, Matthew Amoah, Junior Agogo, Joetex Frimpong, Quincy Owusu-Abeyie and Prince Tagoe in the pecking order. He hasn’t been called up to the Black Stars in a long time.

Third, Asamoah Gyan and Junior Agogo did not play in the match against Mali as is implied in this article. Gyan was injured and Agogo was not used.

In summary, I think that this article is very poor.


I can’t argue with that. This wasn’t our finest hour, that’s for sure. We put out a correction to clean up the mess: GBU Editor

Ghana’s John Pantsil kicks a ball in a 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Petr Josek

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