Ghana’s provisional squad for Gabon
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.
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)