Ghana coach Kwasi Appiah has announced his final squad of 23 players for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals.
The four-time champions are placed in Group F of the 24-team tournament, where they will face Benin (June 25), Cameroon (June 29) and Guinea-Bissau (July 2) with the huge expectations of finally ending a 37-year Nations Cup title drought in Egypt.
Appiah released his squad Monday evening with few surprises – Asante Kotoko goalkeeper Felix Annan being the only home-based player to make the cut as well as tricky wingers Samuel Owusu and Thomas Agyepong getting opportunities to make their Nations Cup debuts. Exciting young striker Kwabena Owusu, who plays in the Spanish second tier, also gatecrashed the squad.
Defender Musah Nuhu missed out on the squad due to a knee injury he picked up at the Dubai training camp last week while the quintet of Majeed Waris, Ebenezer Ofori, Fatawu Safiu, Mohammed Alhassan and Yaw Yeboah could not impress Appiah enough to merit a place in the final 23.
After losing 1-0 to Namibia in their first pre-tournament warm-up game on Sunday, Kwasi Appiah gets the chance to use his 23 in another game against South Africa on Saturday, June 15.
The Black Stars would remain in Dubai for about five more days before making a short trip to Egypt on June 20, a day before the opening of the 32nd edition of the Afcon.
Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United, South Africa, Lawrence Ati-Zigi (Sochaux, France), Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko, Ghana).
Andy Yiadom (Reading, England), Baba Abdul Rahman (Chelsea, England), Lumor Agbenyenu (Sporting Lisbon, Portugal), Kassim Nuhu Adams, (Hoffeinham, Germany) John Boye (FC Metz, France), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew, USA), Joseph Aidoo (Genk, Belguim), Joseph Attamah (Basaksehir, Turkey)
Mubarak Wakaso (Deportivo Alaves, Spain), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Kwadwo Asamoah (Inter Mil, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Empoli, Italy), Andre Ayew (Swansea City, Turkey), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Samuel Owusu (Cukaricki, Serbia), Thomas Agyepong (Manchester City, England)
Asamoah Gyan (Kayserispor, Turkey), Jordan Ayew (Swansea City, England), Caleb Ekuban (Leeds United, England), Kwabena Owusu (Leganes, Spain).