Leicester striker Jeffrey Schlupp handed Ghana call-up

Jeffrey Schlupp
Jeffrey Schlupp has scored five goals for Leicester City so far this season

Leicester City striker Jeffrey Schlupp has been handed a shock debut call-up by Ghana for two friendlies this month.

The 18-year-old is part of coach Goran Stevanovic's 23-man squad for the matches against Gabon and Sierra Leone.

Ex-German youth international Charles Takyi was also handed his debut call after his nationality switch was approved by Fifa last month.

Derek Asamoah, who plays for South Korean side Pohang Steelers, returns to the squad after a three-year absence.

Goalkeeper Richard Kingson, who has been without a club since the start of the season, was left out of the team.

The call-up of Schlupp, who was born in Germany, has come as a surprise for many but his performances for the Championship side convinced the Serbian coach.

The striker has scored five goals for Leicester City in all competitions so far this season.

The Black Stars will play Sierra Leone on Saturday before taking on Africa Cup of Nations co-hosts Gabon three days later.


Goalkeepers: Adam Larsen Kwarasey (Stromgodest), Ernest Sowah (Berekum Chelsea) Daniel Agyei (Liberty Professionals)

Defenders: Massawudu Alhassan (FC Genoa) John Paintsil (Leicester City), Isaac Vorsah (TSG Hoffenheim), Lee Addy (Red Star Belgrade), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege), Sumaila Rashid (Ebusua Dwarfs)

Midfielders: Samuel Inkoom (FC Dnipro), Kwando Asamoah, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese), Sulley Muntari (Inter Milan) Anthony Annan (Vitesse Arnhem), Charles Takyi (St Pauli), Abu Mohammed (Stromgodest), Derek Boateng (FC Dnipro) Quincy Owusu-Abeyie (Panathinaikos FC) Andre Ayew (Olympique Marseille)

Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain), Prince Tagoe (Bursaspor) Derek Asamoah (Pohang Steelers) Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City).