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Feature: Ghana's AFCON debutants

Published on: 15 January 2013

Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah picked ten debutants in his final 23-man squad for the 2013 AFCON which kicks off on Saturday in South Africa. takes a look at the CVs of all the debutants.

The list includes three defenders, six midfielders and one striker.

Jerry Akaminko

The 24-year-old plies his trade with Turkish Super Lig side Eski?ehirspor where he has been consistently impressive.

Akaminko scored on his Ghana debut in the 7-0 thrashing of Lesotho in a World Cup qualifier and has gone ahead to make six appearances for the West African side.

Richard Kissi Boateng

Kissi Boateng, left-back, is one of the four home-based players who made the final 23-man squad.

The 24-year-old glittered in the CAF Champions League with debutants Berekum Chelsea.

Kissi along with Wakaso Mubarak are the only natural left-backs in the squad.

Mohamed Awal

Awal Mohammed is yet to play a competitive game for the Black Stars.

He was handed his debut call-up for the friendly against AFCON debutants Cape Verde in November but failed to turn up for the match due to documentation issues.

His performance with South African Premier Soccer League side Maritzburg United is earning raving reviews.

Christian Atsu

Christian Atsu is by far the most exciting player in the Ghana squad.

He is dubbed the 'New Messi'.

Since marking his debut in the 7-0 drubbing of Lesotho with a goal and a scintillating performance, the FC Porto starlet has gone ahead to make seven appearances and scored twice.

Solomon Asante

The pocket-size winger's electrifying and lightening pace on the flanks has become his trademark.

Fifa cleared the 22-year-old to play for Ghana in August following uncertainties were raised over his nationality after featuring for Burkina Faso in an international friendly.

He has two Ghana caps.

Albert Adomah

The Bristol City winger who is being pursued by Norwich and Swansea City scored his first Ghana goal in the 4-2 friendly win over Tunisia in Abu Dhabi prior to the 2013 AFCON.

Adomah, born in London to Ghanaian parents, was named in Ghana's preliminary squad for the 2012 Nations Cup but failed to make the final cut.

He has made five appearances for the Black Stars since making his debut on September 5, 2011 against Brazil at the Craven Cottage.

Rabiu Mohammed

Rabiu Mohammed, was a member of Ghana's successful 2009 Fifa U-20 World Cup.

The 23-year-old has just one Ghana cap.

Mubarak Wakaso

The versatile Espanyol winger is capped thrice and has scored once for the Black Stars.

He is expected to play a pivotal role for the Black Stars.

Emmanuel Clottey

The Esperance forward is among ten AFCON debutants and will be hoping to shine in South Africa.

He was the top scorer of last season's CAF Champions League after netting 12 goals in the competition for Berekum Chelsea.

Richmond Boakye-Yiadom

The 19-year-old Juventus striker is on loan at Serie B leaders Sassuolo where he has bagged nine goals so far in the competition.

Richmond has scored twice in four Ghana caps.


This article has 5 comment(s), give your comment
  • Fred B. Kyeremeh says:
    January 16, 2013 09:34 am
    He also played in the Ghana-Brazil friendly in the UK when the Brazilians beat us by a lone goal.He came on in the second half to replace Derek Boateng in that game.
  • Nii says:
    January 16, 2013 08:00 am
    Rabiu played in both friendly matches against egypt and tunisia respectively
  • Bukuya says:
    January 16, 2013 07:23 am
    @Sabata na true u talk but maybe it a typing problem.Wakaso all da way.Bravo once again wakaso.
  • Chu says:
    January 15, 2013 10:58 pm
    Rabiu has more than a cup. Remember he played in the away leg in Malawi
  • SABATO says:
    January 15, 2013 10:54 pm
    Wakasso has played trice and scored twice. Against Cape Verde and against Tunisia. He also has two assist. GSN, check your facts. We need accurate stats. Its very important.