GHANA: Nurudeen Abdulai and Fatawu Issahaku earn a late call-up to the senior national team.

Head Coach Chris Hughton has handed Medeama Sporting Club center-back Nurudeen Abdulai and Leicester City Football Club forward Fatawu  Issahaku a late call-up to the senior national team of Ghana to replace Abdul Munin and Kamaldeen Sulemana respectively ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers against Madagascar and Comoros.

Kamaldeen Sulemana and Abdul Munim who initially earned a call-up to the national team were forced to redraw from the squad due to injury concerns.

Abdul Munin has been impressive for Spanish La Liga side Rayo Vallecano since his return from injury but couldn’t travel to Ghana for the World Cup due to fitness concerns. His unavailability from the team earned Cheetah Academy graduate, Nurudeen Abdulai his maiden call-up to the Black Stars of Ghana.

For Kamaldeen, he played 66 minutes for Southampton in their last game in the English Championship against West Brom, a game they won by 2-0. Kamaldeen was replaced by Che Adams due to injury.

Leicester City forward, Abdul Fatawu Issahaku has been called to replace Kamaldeen Sulemana and is currently with the team.

The inclusion of Abdulai Nurudeen in the squad makes him the third local-based player in the squad together with Abdul Fatawu Hamidu and Jonathan Sowah. All three players are from Ghana Premier League champions Medeama Sporting Club.

Both Issahaku and Nurudeen are currently with the team as they are on the way to the “Garden City” where they will host Madagascar on Friday, November 17, to continue preparation for the World Cup Qualifier before they travel to Comoros for the second game.

Ghana will host Madagascar at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Friday, November 17, 2023 and kick-off will be at 16:00GMY


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