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AFCON 2023 QUALIFIER: Patrick Kpozo handed Ghana start in first cap against Madagascar

Kpozo steps in for Gideon Mensah and Baba rahman who are all injured

FC Sheriff Tiraspol defender Patrick Kpozo has been handed his firs Ghana start in his first cap in their clash with Madagascar on Sunday in the 2023 AFCON Qualifiers.

Kpozo who has been part of the team since March this year has been handed the chance to start against the Barea of Madagascar following the absence of both Baba Rahman and Gideon Mensah.

Coach Chris Hughton was dealt a huge blow after his first choice left back Baba Rahman got injured at the beginning of the year while Gideon Mensah also picked an injury ahead of the game with Madagascar.

Gideon who was handed an invitation for the game reported to camp but had to be excused due to an injury he is nursing.

Kpozo has, therefore, been handed the platform to play against Barea in a game that Ghana needs a win to secure qualification to the 2023 AFCON with a game to spare.

Kpozo is having a good time in his career making 24 appearances in all competitions for Moldova side Sheriff Tiraspol this season.

The former Inter Allies left back is expected to impress Coach Chris Hughton and throw a huge challenge for Baba Rahman and Gideon Mensah for the left back position.

Ghana are already leaders of the group with 8 points from 4 games with two games to go with Angola keeping it close on same points.

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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