By Ameenu Shardow
Kwadwo Asamoah was a surprise inclusion in the Black Stars team that left Accra for their training camp in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
The Juventus midfielder had apparently arrived from his Italy base late last night to join his teammates for the trip to prepare adequately for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
The full compliment of the Black Stars team with the exception of seven players (per GHANAsoccernet.com's count) who will join in by Saturday boarded the flight to Abu Dhabi at the Kotoka International Airport.
The team and its accompanying officials went through and completed their per-flight formalities by 5pm local time.
Some of the players and officials granted interviews to the media present before being prompted to board their flight at approximately 5:40 pm local time.
The team is led by Ghana FA boss Kwasi Nyantakyi who also serves as the Black Stars Management Committee chairman.
The team will spend 11-days in Abu Dhabi before traveling to South Africa on January 16 â€“ four days before their opening group game at the Nations Cup against DR Congo.