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Ghana to name final 2013 AFCON squad at 17:00 GMT

Published on: 09 January 2013

By Ameenu Shardow

Ghana's final 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations will be announced on Wednesday at 17:00 GMT.

The decision of who will be dropped from the provisional 24-man squad was taken at a Black Stars technical meeting in the afternoon at the team's training camp in the UAE.

The announcement has however been deferred until after the side's final training session at 9pm in Abu Dhabi.

Coach Akwasi Appiah and the rest of his backroom staff will break the news to the players after the evening’s session expected to be tensed.

The announcement will come way within the midnight deadline of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the submission of the final squads for the tournament being hosted by South Africa.

It is now confirmed the cut will come from the central defensive area – the most saturated in the squad in terms of the numbers.

In that case, South Africa-based Awal Mohammed and Asante Kotoko defender Rashid Sumaila are deemed the players running the highest risk of being sent home.

There are however hints of surprise exclusion but coach Akwasi Appiah is holding his cards very close to his chest until he meets his players this evening.

The Black Stars will engage Egypt in a warm up game on Thursday before facing Tunisia in another friendly three days later.

The team is then expected to arrive in South Africa on January 16 – four days before facing DR Congo in the opening Group B match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.


This article has 16 comment(s), give your comment
  • djkwame says:
    January 10, 2013 04:43 pm
    Hop de man wins de cup oh lord help us plss
  • kateezo says:
    January 09, 2013 05:28 pm
    Kay...I think your insinuation that those who agree with the coach are not smart is not good. Inasmuch as players play to promote a country, i dont not think that makes a player more important than a nation. You are making it seem like Dede was not even listed in the initial call up. He was given an additional two days after the initial deadline for all players to report to camp. This is a compromise. Dede insisted on coming 2 days later..the day of final squad announcement. This is unacceptable even if he were Messi. You will hurt morale in camp after others were made to train for 6 or so days to justify their inclusion and you just waltz in and be selected?? This is the management that we needed to consider. The coach took an excellent decision notwithstanding Dede's obvious quality. The reason why we are always faced with such disciplinary issues is that we try to treat our star players like they are better men than their colleagues. Even Messi is not allowed such privileges. When a player is invited, he shows up to be accessed by his national team medical doctors if he is injured. That is the status quo. You show disrespect to your colleagues if you are allowed to do things your own way. As Wambach said recently at the Ballon D'or..."no player scores without receiving a pass" (maybe except from a goal kick lol). Soccer is a team game and anyone in management knows that team play is the most important ingredient which is why Barcelona are so successful now. We do not like to question such disciplinary decisions when it is done by foreign coaches but we say all sorts of things when our own people are at the helm of affairs. Let us give him the benefit of the doubt and access him based on the performance of the team and its tactics. We have just one black stars so lets support objectively.
  • bawah says:
    January 09, 2013 04:58 pm
  • Kay says:
    January 09, 2013 03:40 pm
    READ WHAT THESE WISE PEOPLE ARE ALSO SAYING. Exactly " punish him another way and use his skills for the benefit of the country" Afterall the goal is to win a cup and not build a military brigade. time for people to realise that in issues like this the goal of management is not to change the people since you are really not their employer. These people dont need these tournaments to make money. They are paid better by their clubs more than we can pay them on the national team. They play out of pride and honor, to promote the name of the country. Hence we should learn to make them feel we want them vs. not . who worries about a part time job that does not pay them like their well paid job? Certainly their allegiance is not to the part time job. !!! Time for our leaders to be wise and act in the national interest vs. Personal. Well said and I concur. You are one of the few smart ones on this Forum. You are objective and write about the truth. Hope the rest can learn from you. Simple and short. Some of our leaders just lack management skills. They always have a conflict between personal emotions and professional responsibility.
  • Black Star Fan says:
    January 09, 2013 03:33 pm
    The coach has not named his team yet but went ahead to cut Dede off. It's only AA and his supporters understand this. Nigeria left the door opened to Ameobi to come any time he want before the 9th of January. Why do you throw away your best player going into a serious tournament like AFCON? OH Ghana !!!
  • john amo quaye says:
    January 09, 2013 03:01 pm
    Ghana black stars are still the size! Mohammed in.
  • Mochacho-USA says:
    January 09, 2013 02:40 pm
    Breaking News Rashied Sumalia has being droped but will stay with GBS at S.Africa and Adomah will wear GH #10 jearsey
  • kuuku philly says:
    January 09, 2013 02:36 pm
    @lukersh don't worry about me,how would u feel if u r the one to be sent home after weeks of please don't bring urself cause am in a gud mood.
  • Fu-Chu says:
    January 09, 2013 02:17 pm
    You are a funny guy.
  • Chu says:
    January 09, 2013 01:44 pm
    Awal Mohammed
  • Dr Who says:
    January 09, 2013 01:49 pm
    Rashid Sumaila
  • May his peace prevails says:
    January 09, 2013 01:52 pm
    Andre Ayew?
  • Union Leader says:
    January 09, 2013 02:01 pm
    Breaking news:Andre Ayew is called back into the team,Rashid Sumaila and Asante cut. Here we come Gh Black Stars !
  • Dr Who says:
    January 09, 2013 01:29 pm
    Something tells me it could be Rashid.Awal‘s exposer in CIV and South Africa coupled to his height & imposing physical advantage with his familiarity of the SA terrain gives him a very slight edge over Rashid.But what ever it is,they are both good defenders.
  • Lukersh says:
    January 09, 2013 01:34 pm
    @kuuku, why are you soo angry at yourself? i hope you have eaten today. Take care bro.
  • kuuku philly says:
    January 09, 2013 01:12 pm
    They should stop this nonsense and just take 23 players to camp.