By Tilda Acorlor
More than 100 supporters, friends, and well-wishers of Ghana’s defender, Patrick Kpozo have embarked on a 7hr 29 minutes journey from Aflao to Kumasi to support him on national duty with the Black stars in Kumasi.
Patrick Kpozo who plays for FC Sherrif in the Mondovia Top Flight league got his maiden call-up to the Black Stars.
He is part of Coach Chris Hughtons’ 25-man Squad for the doubleheader of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Angola in Kumasi and Luanda respectively.
Since the announcement on March 9, 2023, it’s been joy and excitement for folks in the Ketu South Municipality where Patrick comes from.
His playmates, and members of his community have since organized themselves to travel to the Ashanti Region to cheer him and the Black Stars up as Patrick takes up his debut national assignment.
The former eleven is one man who started his football career in Aflao, he played in the colts, Third Division, and Division Two leagues with Fire FC before joining Inter Allies FC in Ghana Premier League 2015.
In 2017, he made his professional debut for Sweden club, AIK in the Swedish top-flight league, and later joined Tromsø on loan.
In January 2022, Moldova side, Sheriff Tiraspol announced the signing of Patrick Kpozo where he currently plies his trade.
Ghana will play the Palancras Negras of Angola at the Baba Yara Sports stadium Today before traveling to Luanda on March 27, 2023, for the reverse fixture.
Ghana is searching for a ticket to the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations, slated for Cote D’Ivoire in January next year.
Ghana is joint top of the Group E table with 4 points from two games following a 3-0 win over Madagascar and a 1-1 draw with Central African Republic.
Below is the full squad:
Goalkeepers: Lawrence Ati Zigi (FC St. Gallen), Abdul Manaf Nurudeen (Eupen), Joseph Wollacott (Charlton Athletic)
Defenders: Tariq Lamptey (Brighton and Hove Albion), Denis Odoi (Club Brugge), Gideon Mensah (Auxerre), Patrick Kpozo (Sheriff Tiraspol), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City), Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo), Mohammed Salisu (Southampton FC), Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg)
Midfielders: Thomas Partey (Arsenal FC), Majeed Ashimeru (RSC Anderlecht), Abdul Salis Samed (Lens), Edmund Addo (Spartak Subotica)
Wingers: Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace), Osman Bukari (Red Star Belgrade), Joseph Painstil (Genk), Kamal Deen Sulemana (Southampton FC), Ransford Yeboah Königsdörffer (Hamburger SV)
Forwards: Mohammed Kudus (Ajax Amsterdam), Andre Ayew (Nottingham Forest), Kamal Sowah (Club Brugge), Inaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao), Antoine Semenyo (AFC Bournemouth).