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AFCON 2023 QUALIFIER: Kassim Adams makes Black Stars return

Coach Chris Hughton will turn to Adams to fill in for Djiku, a French player who is presently recovering from an ankle injury and won't be able to play in the game.

FC Basel defender Kassim Adams been recalled into Ghana’s senior national team as a replacement for injured Alexander Djiku, the Ghana FA has announced.

Coach Chris Hughton will turn to Adams to fill in for Djiku, the France-based player who is presently recovering from an ankle injury and won’t be able to play in the game.

Adams, 27, had a standout season while on loan at FC Basel in Switzerland and possesses a wealth of experience thanks to his 11 prior outings for the Black Stars.

Adams is the second participant to receive a last-minute invitation to fill in for an injured participant after Ransford-Yeboah Königsdörffer received one in place of Iaki Williams, who is out with a knee injury.

On Monday, June 12, the Black Stars will begin their training camp in Accra as they get ready for this important match. Before leaving for Antananarivo, where the qualification is set to take place on Sunday, July 18, 2023, they will have plenty of time to hone their tactics and methods.

Ghana must win their match against Madagascar in order to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, which will be held in Ivory Coast. Ghana needs at least a draw or a victory to do so.

The group’s attention will be on fulfilling its objective and winning a spot in the renowned continental championship.

Sheikh Tophic Sienu

Tophic Abdul-Kadir with the pen name Sheikh Tophic Sienu is a Ghanaian journalist with specialization in sports reporting and media consultancy. He has been a practicing sports journalist since 2008 and a media consultant for many government agencies and private sector organizations. He studied Communications Studies at the Christian Service University College in Kumasi and is currently pursuing an MA in Strategic communications at the African University college of communications in Accra. He also holds B.ed in Basic Education from the University of Education, Winneba. Married and blessed with two handsome boys and a girl, Sheikh Tophic Sienu resides in Accra, the capital of Ghana and currently works as the editor for West Africa’s fastest growing football portal – FootballMadeInGhana.com.gh Until his appointment as editor for FootballMadeInGhana.com.gh, Sheikh Tophic Sienu was the editor for the colourful football portal 442gh.com and also spent three years with the biggest football website in Ghana, GHANAsoccernet.com as a writer and reporter. He is a regular television analyst/football pundit on Ghana Television (GTV), Metro TV as well as serving as a pundit for the Bundesliga on match days on GTV Sports+. He’s highly respected for his knowledge of the African game, his punditry on the German Bundesliga as well as his admiration and consistent updates of the Bundesliga, the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup as well as the AFCON on social and mainstream media. He is one of a few football writers in Ghana to have had the opportunity of traveling to cover the Bundesliga on a media visit organized by the DfB International and broadcast partners StarTimes. He is a well-organized team player, detailed-oriented and able to handle multiple tasks. He has covered several events including top international sporting events – Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), West Africa football Union (WAFU) and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar- as well as serving as a consultant for several football clubs and media outlets in Ghana. He is a perfectionist and always wants to achieve the best out of the lot. He is always a unifier wherever he is found as well as helping to accelerate the achievement of goals and has positioned himself as a valuable resource in a variety of situations. Even though he believes in certificates, he believes in what he can do more than what he has. He is highly connected in the Ghanaian media as well as several Africa countries and is a valuable asset to facilitate and accelerate the achievement of goals through the media and communication industry.

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