Black Stars coach Appiah names 26 players for 2013 AFCON

Ghana Black Stars CampBlack Stars Coach, Kwesi Appiah has named a provisional 26-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations billed for 19 January to February 10, in South Africa.

Appiah announced the list which includes five local-based players at a press conference on Thursday, citing activeness and personal observation as the criteria.

Notable absentees in the provisional squad are right-back Samuel Inkoom and Jordan Ayew, youngest son of ex-Black Stars captain Abedi Pele Ayew, just as striker Abdul Majeed Warris, topscorer in the just ended Swedish top flight league.

The surprise inclusion is Yahaya Mohamed, top scorer in the ongoing Premier League with eight goals after 10 matches.

Only 12-members of the provisional squad, were part of the team that placed fourth at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations held in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

According to Appiah, the team will travel for the pre-tournament camping in the Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on January 7, but will name his final 23 for the tournament on January 9.

During the team’s stay in the Arabian nation, the Stars will engage the Pharaohs of Egypt on January 10 before squaring the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia three days later.

Ghana are drawn in Group B alongside DR Congo, Mali and Niger.

Full squad

Goalkeepers: Adam Larsen Kwarasey (Stromgodset, Norway), Fatau Dauda (AshantiGold), Daniel Agyei (Liberty Professionals)

Defenders: John Paintsil (Hapoel Tel Aviv, Israel), Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), Richard Kissi Boateng (Berekum Chelsea), Mubarak Wakaso (Espanyol, Spain), John Boye (Stade Rennes, France), Isaac Vorsah (Salzburg, Austria), Rashid Sumaila (Asante Kotoko), Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France), Jerry Akaminko (Eskişehirspor, Turkey), Mohammed Awal (Maritzburg United, South Africa)

Midfielders: Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese, Italy), Anthony Annan (Osasuna, Spain), Rabiu Mohamed (Evian, France), Derek Boateng (Dnipro, Ukraine), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy), Solomon Asante (Berekum Chelsea), Albert Adomah (Bristol City, England), Christian Atsu (Porto, Portugal), Andre Ayew (Olympique Marseille, France)

Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, United Arab Emirates), Richmond Boakye Yiadom (Sassuolo, Italy), Emmanuel Clottey (Esperance, Tunisia), Yahaya Mohamed (Amidaus Professionals). GNA

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