Ghana’s pro­vi­sional squad for Gabon

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ACCRA – Ghana coach Avram Grant yes­ter­day un­veiled a 26man pro­vi­sional squad for the up­com­ing Africa Cup of Na­tions (AF­CON) tour­na­ment set to take place in Gabon.

The Is­raeli trainer, who took Ghana to the fi­nal of the last com­pe­ti­tion in 2015, named only one lo­cal player, goal­keeper Richard

Ofori of Wa All Stars. The four-time cham­pi­ons fly to the United Arab Emi­rates for their fi­nal prepa­ra­tions af­ter which the fi­nal 23-man squad will be named for the Jan­uary 14 to Fe­bru­ary 5 tour­na­ment. The Black Stars will be led by cap­tain and striker Asamoah Gyan, pic­tured, who now plays for UAE club Al Ahli.

The Ayew broth­ers, An­dre Ayew from West Ham United and Jor­dan Ayew from Cham­pi­onship side As­ton Villa, are ex­pected to be re­lied upon to de­liver the goals, and the squad also in­cludes Schalke for­ward tal­ent Bernard Terkpetey.

Key mid­field­ers in­clude Em­manuel Agye­mang-Badu of Udi­nese and Afriyie Aquah of Torino, Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid, Mubarak Wakaso of Panathi­naikos and New­cas­tle’s Chris­tian Atsu.

Squad

Goal­keep­ers: Razak Braimah (Cor­doba), Adam Kwarasey (Rosen­borg, Nor­way) Richard Ofori (Wa All Stars) De­fend­ers: Har­ri­son Af­ful (Colum­bus Crew), Andy Yi­adom (Barnsley), Baba Rah­man (Schalke), Frank Acheam­pong (An­der­lecht), John Boye (Si­vass­por), Jonathan Men­sah (Anzhi), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City), Ed­win Gy­imah (Or­lando Pi­rates) Mid­field­ers: Em­manuel Agye­mangBadu (Udi­nese), Afriyie Ac­quah (Torino), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid) Mubarak Wakaso (Panathi­naikos), Chris­tian Atsu (New­cas­tle), Ebenezer Ofori (AIK Stock­holm), Sa­muel Tet­teh (Leifer­ing), Joseph Lar­weh At­tamah (Basak­se­hir) For­wards: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ahli) Jor­dan Ayew (As­ton Villa), Ab­dul-Ma­jeed Waris (Lori­ent), An­dre Ayew (West Ham), Ebenezer As­si­fuah (Sion), Bernard Tekpetey (Schalke), Rah­pael Dwa­mena (Aus­tria Luste­nau)

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