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World Cup 2010: Kingston fails to make Ghana squad

Michael Essien

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By Michael Oti Adjei
BBC Sport, Accra

Hearts midfielder Laryea Kingston is the biggest name to be dropped from Ghana's final 23-man World Cup squad.

Portsmouth's Kevin-Prince Boateng has been included but there is no room for several other senior players.

Coach Milovan Rajevac also left out two veterans of Ghana's 2006 World Cup campaign, Eric Addo and Haminu Dramani, after six days' training in Paris.

Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, who last played for Ghana in September 2008, has also been picked.

The omission of Kingston comes as a surprise after the player had a long-running battle with his club mid-season over his commitment to the national team. He was desperate to play in South Africa after he missed the trip to Germany 2006 through suspension.


Boateng, who represented Germany at youth level, is joined by Sunderland's John Mensah despite the fact that the defender barely trained with the rest of the squad in Paris and has spent much of the last season receiving treatment.

Serbian Rajevac promised youth and experience in his side and he has delivered on that by naming five members of the U-20 World Cup winning side including best player and top scorer Dominic Adiyiah.

Ghana will now play Holland in Rotterdam on Tuesday before travelling to England to take on Latvia in their final friendly before their World Cup opening tie against Serbia on June 13.

The Ghana Squad:

Goalkeepers: Richard Kingston (Wigan, England), Daniel Adjei (Liberty Professionals), Stephen Ahorlu (Hearts of Lions)

Defenders: Samuel Inkoom (Basle, Switzerland), Hans Sarpei (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany), Lee Addy (Bechem Chelsea), John Mensah (Sunderland, England), Rahim Ayew (Zamalek, Egypt), Isaac Vorsah (Hoffenheim, Germany), John Pantsil (Fulham, England), Jonathan Mensah (Granada, Spain)

Midfielders: Dede Ayew (Arlese Avignon, France), Kwadwo Asamoah (Udinese, Italy), Stephen Appiah (Bologna, Italy), Anthony Annan (Rosenborg, Norway), Sulley Muntari (Inter Milan, Italy), Quincy Owusu-Abeyie (Al Sadd, Qatar), Derek Boateng (Getafe, Spain), Kevin-Prince Boateng (Portsmouth, England)

Strikers: Prince Tagoe (Hoffenheim, Germany), Asamoah Gyan (Rennes, France), Dominic Adiyiah (AC Milan, Italy), Matthew Amoah (NAC Breda, Holland)

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see also
Michael Essien out of World Cup
27 May 10 |  World Cup 2010
Guide to the teams at South Africa 2010
05 Dec 09 |  World Cup 2010
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