Appiah leaves Rashid out of Ghana AFCON squad

Akwasi AppiahBlack Stars Kwasi Appiah has named his final 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
Kumasi Asante Kotoko Rashid Sumaila failed to make the cut for the January 19 to February 10 tournament, scheduled for the ‘rainbow’ nation.

Appiah had the easiest task of dropping one player after midfielder Andre Ayew was axed from the team after failing to report for assessment by the medical team of the Black Stars. Earlier, Yahaya Mohamed of Amidaus Professionals pulled out due to to injury.

The Stars trainer named his final squad after Wednesday’s training in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates before the Confederation of African Football (CAF) deadline of close of day.

Ten members of the team will be making their debut at the tournament including Richard Kissi Boateng, who together with club mate Solomon Asante as well as goalies Fatau Dauda and Daniel Agyei, are based locally.

The Stars are scheduled to play Egypt and Tunisia before departing for South Africa.

The four-time African champions are housed in Group D alongside DR Congo, Mali and Niger.

Full squad

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

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

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

Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, United Arab Emirates), Richmond Boakye Yiadom (Sassuolo, Italy) Emmanuel Clottey (Esperance, Tunisia) GNA

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