Ghana releases final squad for AFCON

Ghanaian players in camp in Doha

Ghanaian players in camp in Doha

Ghanaian coach Milovan Rajevac has released the final list of 28 players for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon.

The tournament begins 9 January.

Only two players were dropped from the original 30-man squad.

The players are ‘AS Roma youngster Felix Afena-Gyan and Clermont’s Salis Abdul Samed.

According to GraphicOnline, Afena-Gyan asked to be excused from international football to aid his career development.

Samed, one of four debutants in Ghana’s provisional squad, was also reportedly cut over the reluctance of his French Ligue side club to sanction his release for the tournament over fitness concerns.

Full Squad:

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Goalkeepers: Joseph Wolacott (Swindon Town), Abdul Manaf Nurudeen (Eupen), Richard Attah (Hearts of Oak), Lawrence Ati Zigi (St. Gallen)

Defenders: Andy Yiadom (Reading FC), Philemon Baffuor (Dreams FC), Baba Abdul Rahman (Reading FC), Gideon Mensah (Girondins Bordeaux), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City), Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg FC), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew), Khalid Abdul Mumin (Vitoria de Guimaraes)

Midfielders: Baba Iddrissu (Real Mallorca), Edmund Addo (Sherif Tiraspol), Thomas Teye Partey (Arsenal FC), Mubarak Wakaso (Shenzhen FC), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax Amsterdam), Daniel Kofi Kyere (St. Pauli), David Abagna (Real Tamale United)

: Abdul Fatawu Issahaku (Dreams FC), Samuel Owusu (Al-Fayha), Kamal Deen Suleymana (Rennes FC), Dede Ayew (Al Sadd SC), Joseph Paintsil (Genk)

Strikers: Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace), Richmond Boakye Yiadom (Beitar Jerusalem), Maxwell Abbey Quaye (Great Olympics), Benjamin Tetteh (Malatyaspor)

The Black Stars will kick start the tournament against giants Morocco on Monday, January 10 before taking on Gabon and Comoros in the other Group C matches.

But before leaving for Cameroon, the Ghanaian team will play a friendly with defending African Champions Algeria on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at the Education City Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

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