Ghana’s Black Stars team for the Africa Cup of Nations has been unveiled with FC Porto striker Abdul Majeed Waris the biggest exclusion from the Ghana AFCON 2019 squad list. The striker spent last season on loan with Nantes and is one of five players cut from 28 players currently in camp in the United Arab Emirates.
Ebenezer Ofori who plays in the USA and also played at the 2017 AFCON, Ghana U-23 captain Yaw Yeboah and the local-based duo of Mohammed Alhassan (Hearts of Oak) and Abdul Safiu Fatawu (Asante Kotoko) were all dropped.
On Thursday, St. Gallen Centre-back Musah Nuhu returned to his Swiss club following an injury. Captain Andre Ayew, deputy skipper Kwadwo Asamoah, veteran striker Asamoah Gyan and Thomas Partey are all included in the 23-man list.
Ghana lost to Namibia 1-0 in a pre-tournament friendly on Sunday. Ghana will play South Africa in a second friendly game on Saturday before departing for Egypt five days later.
The four-time champions are in Group F and play against cup holders Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau.
Ghana’s AFCON 2019 squad list
Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United, South Africa), Lawrence Ati-Zigi (Sochaux, France), Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko, Ghana)
Defenders: Andy Yiadom (Reading, England), Abdul Rahman Baba (Reims, France), Lumor Agbenyenu (Goztepe, Turkey), Kasim Nuhu Adams (Hoffenheim, Germany,) John Boye (Metz, France), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew SC, USA), Joseph Aidoo (Genk, Belgium), Joseph Attamah (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey)
Midfielders Mubarak Wakaso (Deportivo Alaves, Spain), Thomas Teye Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Kwadwo Asamoah (Internazionale, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Empoli, Italy), Andre Ayew (Fenerbahce, Turkey), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Samuel Owusu (Cukaricki, Serbia), Thomas Agyepong (Hibernian, Scotland)
Attackers: Asamoah Gyan (Kayserispor, Turkey), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace, England), Caleb Ekuban (Trabzonspor, Turkey), Kwabena Owusu (Leganes, Spain)