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Ghana’s Otto Addo starts new chapter without Ayew


Coach Otto Addo has rung the changes for Ghana’s upcoming 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Mali and the Central African Republic, handing first senior call-ups to midfielders Ibrahim Sulemana and Brandon Thomas-Asante while captain Andre Ayew has been excluded from the squad.

Cagliari’s Sulemana, 21, and 25-year-old West Brom striker Thomas-Asante are the new faces in Addo’s 26-man squad as the Black Stars head coach looks to freshen up his ranks.

England -born Thomas-Asante has earned his chance on the back of an impressive 11-goal haul in the English Championship this season.

There is also a return for influential Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey, who was absent for Ghana’s matches in March’s international window.

At the other end of the experience spectrum, veteran forward Andre Ayew has been omitted from the squad despite recently netting a brilliant consolation goal for Le Havre against Paris St Germain.

The 34-year-old former Marseille frontman was recalled by Addo in March but appears to have slipped out of favour again as Ghana’s new era gathers pace.

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