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AS Roma prodigy Afena-Gyan, Dutch-born defender Leeroy Owusu set for maiden Ghana call-up can exclusively report that Ghanaian teen phenom Felix Afena-Gyan has been invited to play for the Black Stars in the World Cup playoff games against Nigeria.

The 19-year-old AS Roma forward has previously declined invitations to the national squad owing to personal concerns but has accepted to play against Nigeria.

Ghana interim coach Otto Addo is putting together a formidable group to play the Super Eagles in a bid to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar.

According to sources, Afena-Gyan and Otto have spoken, with the forward set to play a role in the two-legged match.

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Over the weekend, Felix Afena-Gyan returned from injury to play for AS Roma in their triumph over Inter.

After making his senior debut late last year, the teenager is having a breakout season in the Italian top division. Since then, he has scored two goals in Serie A.

His presence in the Black Stars is regarded as a significant boost for the team ahead of the games later this month.

On Friday, March 25, Ghana will host Nigeria in the first leg before heading to Abuja for the second game on March 29.

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Leeroy Owusu

Leeroy Owusu, a Dutch-born Ghanaian, has been called up to the Black Stars ahead of the important World Cup playoff against Nigeria, reports.

Willem II’s right-back has been in excellent form in the Dutch Eredivisie this season, attracting the attention of the national team’s technical staff.

Interim Black Stars coach Otto Addo has been in contact with the player and has persuaded him to play in the two-game series against Nigeria.

Owusu has appeared in 22 of the club’s 25 league games this season, missing three due to injury.

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He has represented the Netherlands at the U17, U18, U19, and U20 levels, but has never been invited to play for the senior national team and is therefore eligible to represent Ghana.

In late March, the Black Stars will face Nigeria in a match for a spot in the World Cup in Qatar, which begins in November.

The first leg will be held in Ghana on March 25 at the Cape Coast Stadium, with the return leg set for Abuja.

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