Black Stars squad: 2 local players, Waris dropped
Home-based players, Abdul Fatawu Safiu of Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak’s Mohammed Alhassan failed to make Coach Kwesi Appiah’s final 23-man squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt later this month.
The final list, which was confirmed to the Daily Graphic by Coach Kwasi Appiah yesterday, also saw striker Abdul Majeed Waris, Black Meteors skipper, Yaw Yeboah and US-based Ebenezer Ofori missing out.
This means both Safiu and Alhassan could feature in Sunday’s Special Competition Tier 1 semi-final clash between Hearts and Kotoko at the Accra Sports Stadium.
The Stars coach settled on his final squad after the team’s first international friendly against the Brave Warriors of Namibia, which saw the second string Ghanaian side losing 0-1 in Dubai last Sunday.
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The 29 players who were in camp were first reduced when St Gallen defender, Nuhu Musah, was ruled out by a knee injury last week Wednesday.
Below is the final 23 players who will represent Ghana at Egypt 2019 scheduled from June 21 to July 19.
Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United, South Africa), Lawrence Ati Zigi (Sochaux, France) and Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko, Ghana).
John Boye (Metz, France), Andy Yiadom (Reading, England), Abdul Baba Rahman (Reims, France), Lumor Agbenyenu (Goztepe AS, Turkey), Kassim Nuhu, (Hoffenheim, Germany,) Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew, USA), Joseph Aidoo (Genk, Belguim), Joseph Attamah (Basaksehir, Turkey).
Mubarak Wakaso (Deportivo Alaves, Spain), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Kwadwo Asamoah (Internazionale, Italy), Thomas Agyepong (Hibernian, Scotland), Afriyie Acquah (Empoli, Italy), Andre Ayew (Fenerbahce, Turkey), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Samuel Owusu (Cukaricki, Serbia).
Asamoah Gyan (Kayserispor, Turkey), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace, England), Caleb Ekuban (Trabzonspor, Turkey and Kwabena Owusu (Leganes, Spain).
The Stars will play their final pre-AFCON friendly against Bafana Bafana of South Africa on Saturday before flying to Egypt on June 20 for the tournament.