2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Defender Mohammed Alhassan feels motivated to "work harder" after being dropped from final AFCON squad

Published on: 11 June 2019

Hearts of Oak defender Mohammed Alhassan says he will work harder to get another shot at the Black Stars after he was dropped from the final 23-man squad for Egypt 2019. 

Mohammed failed to impress the technical team after a week of intensive training in Dubai, where a 29-man squad was pruned to 23 for the Nations Cup in Egypt.

Despite failing to make the squad, the stalwart defender was happy to have been recognize by the coaches and given the chance to justify his inclusion.

"First of all, I won't say I feel bad because even being here I am very happy," he said after he was dropped.

"I want to thank the management for calling me and me being here I thank them very much because they have given me the platform.

"I am going back home to work even very harder and I know and believe in myself that, in the next call-up I will be included in the squad,' he concluded.

Porto forward Abdul Majeed Waris, Asante Kotoko's Fatawu Safiu, NYFC's Ebenezer Ofori and Yaw Yeboah of Numancia were the other players to be dropped by coach Kwesi Appiah.

The 23-man squad is expected to leave Dubai for Egypt on June 20th for the Nations Cup.

Ghana are in group F alongside Cameroon, Benin and Guinea Bissau.

By Lukman Evergreen Mumin