Sam, Poku earn first caps for Ghana in Canada encounter



WASHINGTON, D.C. – New York Red Bulls midfielder Lloyd Sam and New York City FC’s Kwadwo Poku made their international debuts for Ghana in a 1-1 draw against Canada.

Both men were late call-ups from Black Stars boss Avram Grant, earning minutes as late game subs in a tightly contested match in RFK Stadium.

Sam entered the match in the 68th minute for midfielder Albert Adomah. Poku had just eight minutes of playing time, replacing forward Jordan Ayew.

Both men entered a deadlocked match. Marcel de Jong put Canada up 1-0 in the 29th minute while the aforementioned Adomah managed the draw in the 44th.

New York Red Bulls defender Karl Ouimette started the match for Canada but was subbed off at halftime for Fraser Aird. He was one of two halftime substititions by coach Marco Floro who called on Lucas Cavallini to replace forward Marcus Haber.

All three players are expected to rejoin their clubs by Wednesday.