Ghana Names Provisional Squad for World Cup Qualifiers

New Ghana Coach, James Akwesi Appiah has named a provisional 30-man squad for next month's run of World Cup qualifiers against Lesotho and Zambia on June 1 and 9 respectively.

A surprise call up was handed to Europe based Ishmael Yartey, who was sacked from the camp of the victorious Ghana U-20 team of the 2009 FIFA Youth Cup for levelling an unsubstantiated bribery allegation against then-coach Sellas Tetteh.

But consistent superlative display over the past weeks has earned him a new start and a possible fresh beginning at the national level.

Europe-based youngster Ishmael Yartey, together with Christian Atsu, were among the six players who were handed their maiden Black Stars call-ups.

Defending Ghana Premier League champions, Berekum Chelsea dominated the nine call-ups from the local league with the trio of Ernest Sowah, Emmanuel Clottey and Richard Kissi Boateng coming from their stable.

A non-residential camp in Accra by the team will start on May, 21, 2012. The squad will be pruned before the team departs to Kumasi on May 27 ahead of the match against Lesotho on June 1, 2012.

Ghana face Lesotho in Kumasi for Appiah's first game before they play Zambia on June 9 in Ndorla.

Here's a look at Ghana's squad:

Ghana Squad

Goalkeepers: Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset, Norway), Robert Dabuo (Wa All Stars), Daniel Adjei (Liberty Professionals), Ernest Sowah (Berekum Chelsea)

Defenders: Samuel Inkoom (Dnipro, Ukraine), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege, Belgium), Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), Richard Kissi Boateng (Berekum Cheslea), Masawudu Alhassan (Genoa, Italy), John Boye (Rennes, France), Lee Addy (Dalian Aerbin, China), Daniel Addo (Arsenal Kyiv, Ukraine) Rashid Sumaila (Dwarfs), Jerry Akaminko (Manisaspor, Turkey), Isaac Vorsah (Hoffenheim, Germany)

Midfielders: Anthony Annan (Vitesse Arnhem, Netherlands), Derek Boateng (Dnipro, Ukraine), Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese ,Italy), Rabiu Mohammed (Evian, France) Richard Mpong (Medema) Albert Adomah (Bristol City, England), Christian Atsu (Rio Ave, Portugal), Ishamel Yartey, (Servette, Switzerland), Sulley Muntari (AC Milan, Italy), Kwadwo Asamoah (Udinese, Italy).

Forwards: Jordan Ayew (Marseille, France), Dominic Adiyiah (Arsenal Kyiv, Ukraine), Ben Acheampong (Kotoko), Emmanuel Baffour (New Edubiase), Emmanuel Clottey (Berekum Chelsea).