LEAKED: Ghana's final 23-man squad for AFCON named - Waris, Ofori dropped

Published on: 10 June 2019
LEAKED: Ghana's final 23-man squad for AFCON named - Waris, Ofori dropped
Ghana striker Majeed Waris has been left out of Ghana's squad for the AFCON

Highly-rated striker Majeed Waris is among the big names dropped by Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah from his final 23-man squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in a leaked team seen by Ghanasoccernet.com.

The France-based attacker, who is wanted by many Ligue 1 sides following an excellent season with Nantes, is surprisingly among five players who will not travel to the tournament in Egypt.

He is joined by Spain-based Yaw Yeboah and Ebenezer Ofori of American top-flight club New York FC who are said not have impressed the coach in the training camp in Dubai.

Home-based duo of Mohammed Alhassan and Abdul Fatawu of giants Asante Kotoko could not make the squad after getting their debut call-ups for the training camp.

This means the only home-based player to make the squad is third choice goalkeeper Felix Annan, who plays for Kotoko.

The big beneficiaries are Turkey-based defender Joseph Attamah and Andy Yiadom of English side Reading who were considered players on the periphery of the squad.

Other big winners are on-loan Leed United striker Caleb Ekuban, Scotland-based Thoams Agyepong who had limited playing time this season with Hibernian because of injuries and talented attacker Kwabena Owusu of Spanish side Leganes.

Tricky Serbia-based winger Samuel Owusu who plays for Cukaricki was absolutely fantastic which led to the decision of coach Appiah to leave out Yaw Yeboah as they competed for the same position.

But the squad is dominated by players who have immense experience in playing at the tournament led by striker Asamoah Gyan who will be making his eighth appearance at the tournament.

However the squad will be captained by Andre Ayew as he makes seventh's appearance at Africa's flagship football competition as the second most experienced player in the team.

Together with them are Jonathan Mensah, John Boye, Mubarak Wakaso, Kwadwo Asamoah, Christian Atsu, Jordan Ayew and Afriyie Acquah.

Making their second appearance at the AFCON is Thomas Partey, Yiadom and Lumor Agbenyenu who played in the tournament for the first time in previous competition.

The Black Stars will make their journey to Egypt in 20 June - five days before they play their first match in Group F of the competition.

The Black Stars have been drawn in Group F alongside defending champions Cameroon, Benin and Guinea Bissau

The Black Stars will begin their campaign against Benin on 25 June in Ismalia.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United, South Africa), Lawrence Ati- Zigi (Sochaux, France), and Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko).

Defenders: John Boye (Metz, France), Andy Yiadom (Reading, England) Abdul Baba Rahman (Reims, France), Lumor Agbenyenu (Goztepe A.S, Turkey), Kassim Nuhu, (Hoffeinham, Germany,) Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew SC, USA), Joseph Aidoo (Genk, Belguim), Joseph Attamah (Basaksehir, Turkey)

Midfielders: Mubarak Wakaso (Deportivo Alaves, Spain), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Kwadwo Asamoah (Inter Milan, Italy), Thomas Agyepong (Hibernian, Scotland), Afriyie Acquah (Empoli, Italy), Andre Ayew ( Fenerbache, Turkey), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Samuel Owusu (Cukaricki, Serbia),

Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Kayserispor, Turkey), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace, England), Caleb Ekuban (Trabzonspor, Turkey and Kwabena Owusu (Leganes, Spain).

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