Kotoko midfielder Richmond Lamptey
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Asante Kotoko midfielder Richmond Nii Lamptey says he is honoured to be given a call-up by Black Stars coach Chris Hughton.

“It’s an honour and it feels good,” he told his club on Tuesday, January 2.

“I am happy.”

Richmond Lamptey was named as one of three home-based players in the final 27-man squad for Ghana to do battle at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in La Cote d’Ivoire.

The squad was announced by Chris Hughton on Monday, January 1.

It was a pruning down of a 55-man provisional list submitted to the Confederation of African Football (Caf)

with the likes of Thomas Teye Partey not making the final call.

The former WAFA and Inter Allies player revealed that he was nervous when the names were being announced by the gaffer at the Alisa Hotel in Accra.

“I was nervous but I think I have really worked hard [for it],” he said.

He thanked fans of Asante Kotoko, life patron Otumfuo Osei Tutu II as well as the media for calling for his inclusion in the squad due to his performances on the local front.

“I am not going to disappoint them,” he assured.

“I really thank them. They should keep praying for me.”

The Black Stars start camping on Tuesday, January 2 in Kumasi ahead of the tournament, which begins on Saturday, January 13.

Ghana will start her campaign on Sunday, January 14 with a clash against Cape Verde in Group B.

The four-time champions will later play record winners Egypt and Mozambique in the same group.