Ghana will be without in-form striker John Antwi and goalkeeper Richard Ofori for the international friendly encounters with Mali and Qatar this week due to paper work, footballmadeinghana.com can confirm.
Left back Lumor Agbenyenu will also not be available for the game putting manager CK Akonnor in a tight corner as he plays his first game as manager of the side.
Footballmadeinghana.com understands that the trio have their work permits in their various countries expired, hence their inability to move to Turkey since it’s a requirement for the acquisition of a Turkish visa.
Confirming the story to footballmadeinghana.com, Communications Director of the Ghana FA, Henry Asante Twum disclosed that the absence of the trio is unfortunate but the coach will have to invite new boys to fill the void created.
He explained that the trio have had their work permits in the various countries in which they ply their trade expired and are working on renewing them which will take them two weeks, by which time the game has been played.
“The news about John Antwi, Richard Ofori and Lumor is true. They can’t make it to Turkey,” he confirmed.
“Per immigration laws, when people apply for Turkish visa, they need to attach their valid work permit to their visa applications.
“Unfortunately, these players have their work permits expired with their various clubs and are in the process of renewing them but that will take two weeks,” he explained.
“We are left with no option but to exclude them from the list. For coach Akonnor, it would have been appropriate to have a full house so he could have a feel of all the players but the situation demands we replace them,” he added.
The absence of these players will affect the plans of Coach Akonnor considering the form of Antwi and Ofori, especially.
Akonnor would have loved to have Antwi who is blazing and firing from all cylinders in the Egyptian Premier League hitting a milestone of 105 goals in Egyptian football as the first foreign player to achieve that feat.
For Ofori, his recent appointment as the 2nd deputy skipper of the Black Star clearly explains his influence in the team and his absence will certainly be a blow to Akonnor.
Alrerady, defender Alexander Djiku and Kudus Mohammed are all doubtful for the game after picking injuries recently at their club sides.