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Who will be the surprise inclusion in Kwesi Appiah's final 23-man squad?

Published on: 06 December 2012

Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah is set to unveil a preliminary 25-man squad which would be pruned down to 23 after holding a pre-tournament camp in the UAE ahead of the 2013 AFCON.

There are players who are sure bets to be on the plane to South Africa on January 17.

But there are others who will be desperately waiting by Christmas whether they would make the final cut ahead of a naming of an initial 25-man squad.

These could however be few surprises who could gatecrash Kwesi Appiah’s squad for the continental showpiece.

Emmanuel Frimpong

The former England U16 captain who has been cleared by FIFA to play for the African giants, is being considered by Kwesi Appiah for a place in team.

Frimpong, who is on loan at English Npower Championship side Charlton Athletics may be handed his debut in a pre-tournament warm-up game against Tunisia in Abu  Dhabi.

With limited space in midfield to compete for, the Arsenal star could be included in  the final 23-man squad if AC Milan ace Sulley Muntari or Agyemang-Badu who have  been battling with various degrees of injuries are unable to gain fitness before  the deadline for submission of names.

Awal Mohammed

The South African-based defender missed out on his Ghana debut last month when documentation issues denied him his participation in the 1-0 friendly win over Cape Verde in Lisbon.

The 24-year-old former Asante Kotoko center-back has been impressive in the PSL for Maritzburg United which has earned him massive rave reviews.

He has reportedly been on the radar of some top German Bundesliga sides.

With John Boye racing against time to be fully fit and uncertainties surrounding injury-prone Jonathan Mensah, the ex-Ghana international could draft in Mohammed if the Stade Rennes man is unable to shake off the thigh injury.

Quincy Owusu-Abeyie

Quincy Owusu-Abeyie has emerged as the fans’ favourite over the last couple of years for his deaf touches and theatrics and for many who follow the exploits of foreign-based players; they have been awashed by his sublime form.

Many have backed the inclusion of the former Arsenal and Ajax Amsterdam youth wing-wizard but he has consistently been overlooked by the technical handlers.

The 26-year-old is set to return to training for Panathinaikos early next week  and play in the big derby against Olympiakos.

Coach Appiah's penchant for wingers seems to have been satisfied by Berekum Chelsea's Solomon Asante who looks to have sealed the spot.

Quincy's inclusion will come as good surprise to many Ghanaians.

Nana Akwasi Asare

The FC Utrecht captain is one of the players who have been consistently knocking on the doors of the Black Stars.

He had his breakthrough in the friendly against Cape Verde last month but played  as a right winger, a position which does not appear to be a headache for Appiah  and his assistant Maxwell Konadu.

The former Fetteh Feyenoord player is writing the headlines at the Stadion  Galgenwaard showcasing qualities not as a left-back; his Orthodox role,  but as an efficient winger.

Kwesi Appiah is not likely to trade him for either Harrison Afful or David Addy  who have made recent appearances for the team.

Razak Nuhu

The 21-year-old former Manchester City triallist seems to have fallen out of favour at the Black Stars as Kwesi Appiah has overlooked him for the left-back position in recent call-ups.

After making two appearances for the Black Stars, the last one coming in the  friendly against Liberia, the former Right to Dream Academy graduate is not  likely to be considered for the Nations Cup squad.

But helping Stromsgodset to break their ages old jinx and finish second in the  Norwegian top-flight speaks volumes for him.

Lee Addy

Since moving to the Dalian Aerbin in the Chinese Super League, the former Red Star Belgrade versatile defender has earned just two call-ups, the last coming as a stop-gap replacement after Jonathan Mensah and Isaac Vorsah pulled out of the friendly against Cape Verde with injuries.

Addy is not likely to be named in the 25-man squad for the pre-tournament camping in the UAE. Ideally, there are only eight places in defence for grasp and all seem taken over.


This article has 18 comment(s), give your comment
  • kingboat says:
    December 07, 2012 05:54 pm
    Ghanafuo, please allow the coach to do his job. We have to back him with prayers to win the cup. No one can do anything to AA if we don't win, stop the insults and pray for the team.
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    December 07, 2012 07:55 pm
  • jason says:
    December 08, 2012 02:40 pm
    Adam Kwarasey 1 Daniel Adjei 16 Ernest Sowah 22 Samuel Inkoom 2 Daniel Opare 12 Jerry Akaminko 5 John Paintsil 4 John Boye 14 Isaac Vorsah 15 Nana Asare 3 Harrison Afful 13 John Mensah* Christian Atsu 7 Emmanuel Frimpong 23 Agyemang Badu 6 Afriyie Acquah 17 Kwadwo Asamoah 8 Sulley Muntari 20 Andre Ayew 10 Wakaso Mubarak 21 Mohammed Rabiu* Asamoah Gyan 9 Richmond Boakye 19 Jordan Ayew 11 Waris Majeed 18 Emmanuel Clottey* *= reserve
  • Ghanaman says:
    December 07, 2012 12:00 am
    Quincy- injured Frimpong - recovering from SERIOUS injury!
  • Kwame Adu-Gyamfi says:
    December 06, 2012 10:05 pm
    Hopefully, Quincy and Frimpong.
  • Rasheed says:
    December 06, 2012 09:11 pm
    Those will be willing to bribe those hoodlums at GFA will be the surprise inclusion in clueless Appiah's 23-man squad.
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    December 06, 2012 09:05 pm
  • kkkng says:
    December 06, 2012 07:53 pm
    At the moment we have enough players to count on,though they are not superior players. However, given what we have a good coach and a good technical bench should not have any problem winning this Afcon. we have history to recollect,that our local coaches wins cups for us and this is the time.If Mr AA select best players for the tournament and we win, his value goes up but if he does the opposite he knows the consequences. i have full confidence he will do the right thing. But it is up to him to decide whether he wants to write his name among our legend coaches.The ball is in his court right now to decide on.
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    December 06, 2012 08:43 pm
  • kwame pito says:
    December 07, 2012 01:55 pm
    FRIMPONG would be a great addition. The chap is full energetic and combative. Quincy wont be a bad addition if A.A think so.
  • real sabacious says:
    December 06, 2012 06:14 pm
    suprise not to see inkoom,derek boateng and opare on the list of suprise inclusion.we're watching AA with keen interest,he can decide to select any player he wants but he fails to bring the cup,then wahaha!select the best and the country period!
  • agyei says:
    December 06, 2012 05:38 pm
    Only a foolish coach...shortsighted technical bench will ignore Abeyie and Nana Asare. Frimpong will be a great inclusion cos he is already tested in the premiership! My suprise inclusion will be Lee Addy....why? Bcos the guy "shaa" waa----but dont be amazed if he's picked by a foolish coach as well! Akwasi Appiah should kiss his job's ass goodbye if he cant put together a formidable squad from all these arsenals we have! Akwasi has no idea what he's up to.....we all wait and see the silly omissions he will make. Wait and see...
  • nature says:
    December 06, 2012 04:26 pm
    Quincy is one of the inform playas on the continent now.He is a must call-up for this afcon,that is if we want to win.He brings pace and agility on to the pitch.
  • A concerned citizen says:
    December 06, 2012 04:28 pm
    Quincy and Nana Asare inclusion will be in a right direction
  • kuukuphilly says:
    December 06, 2012 04:36 pm
    frimpong should be my suprise inclusion..
  • Zap says:
    December 06, 2012 03:21 pm
    Quincy will be a surprise inclusion. Not in a negative way but a "pleasant surprise". Because it appears the coach AA has always turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to him. What a great surprise that will be! That will be my X'mas present, hahahahahhaha.
  • access says:
    December 06, 2012 03:10 pm
    Quincy Owusu-Abeyie and Nana Akwasi Asare are already is the squad the suprise will be Awal Mohammed. This time he dont need visa
  • real sabacious says:
    December 07, 2012 02:44 am
    @Ghanaman,ignorant will kill u!u have nothing good to share on this forum and yet u will never shut up!jonathan mensah,vorsah,badu,boye and sulley all are either came back from injury or are recovery from are telling me the above players are automatically out of the 25 man list?what kind of mentality have u?for ur infor,Quincy has started training and frimpong has played cup match and some matches for the arsenal reserve team and now playing for charlton,so what point are trying to make here?get ur facts right become u come over to pollute the forum!