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International Friendly Preview: Turkey v Ghana

By Football News



Turkey will host Ghana on Wednesday after an original match with Uzbekistan was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions.

Abdullah Avci's side were due to travel to Tashkent for a friendly match but the decision was taken to call the game off due to excessive heat in the Uzbek capital.

But Turkey will instead test themselves against one of the top sides in Africa when they welcome James Kwesi Appiah’s side to the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul.

Fenerbahce and Galatasaray account for 12 players from the 23-man squad with former Newcastle United midfielder Emre and Hamit Altintop among those included.

Atletico Madrid winger Arda Turan also features in a strong line-up, the 26-year-old is one of the most experienced players in the side and is line to earn his 65th cap.

Ghana have omitted Milan's Kevin-Prince Boateng as well as Ayew brothers, Jordan and Andre of Marseille. All three had previously retired from international football but the trio have indicated a desire to return to the national side.

But it is thought the three will have to officially notify their domestic clubs of their intentions before they are allowed to return to the international setup.

Appiah has called up three new players to his 21-man squad.

Goalkeeper Razak Brimah, midfielder Yussif Raman Chibsah and striker Emmanuel Banahene are all in line to earn their first cap for Ghana.

Standard Liege right-back Daniel Opare also returns to the national squad after the 22-year-old was overlooked for the team's FIFA World Cup qualifying double-headers against Sudan and Lesotho in June.

Ghana are currently on a five-match unbeaten run and will look to continue their good form in Istanbul, while Turkey are looking to bounce back from a 2-0 defeat to Slovenia in May.