Afcon 2021 qualifiers: Ghana appoint provisional team for South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe showdown


Coach CK Akonnor has called a group of home players to start preparations for both matches

Ghana coach CK Akonnor has called up 32 players to start camping for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers next month against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe.

All team members announced on the GFA official site work in Ghana.

The squad will be supplemented by players based abroad before the meetings on March 22 and 30.

Ghanaian Premier League leader Asante Kotoko has six players, including goalkeeper Razak Abalora and top scorer Kwame Opoku.

Mohammed Alhassan of Hearts of Oak has also been invited, as has Judge Blay of Medeama.

Three players from the lower level were also called up. They are Evans Etti (Accra Lions FC), Andy Kumi Francis (Unistar Academy) and Welbeck Takyi (Tano Bofoakwa).

According to Akonnor, training camp is a contingency plan, given the likelihood that overseas-based players – who largely make up the main squad – will be denied release by their clubs for the games. to come for reasons related to the coronavirus.

“This is not the first time that a national team coach has invited players to their home. For us it became necessary to do so due to the challenges we faced ahead of the Ghana v Sudan game when players were unable to come due to Covid. -19 issues. Coach Akonnor said, as reported by GFA official site.

“We made a few late recalls, but travel restrictions and quarantine issues complicated things for us. So management and the tech team felt it was wise to do so by inviting a group of local players. to travel to the camp to prepare for the matches.

“We believe that once the weather gets closer, we will look at foreign players who are doing well and without COVID-19 issues to join the players. were able to examine what is happening in our clubs and I must congratulate our coaches for their good work.

“The players have done so well and we believe that the ones we have selected are the best in the country. Hopefully when the foreign players can join them, we will have a strong squad to face South Africa and Sao Tome.”

Ghana lead Group C heading into the final round of the group matches.

Full team:

Goalkeepers: Joseph Addo (Aduana Stars), Razak Abalora (Asante Kotoko), Bawa Lord Martey (Elmina Sharks), Eric Ofori Antwi (Medeama SC)

Central defenders: Haruna Jamal Deen (Major Olympic Games), Yussif Mubarik (Asante Kotoko), Ganiyu Ismail (Asante Kotoko), Konadu Yiadom (WAFA), Mohammed Alhassan (Hearts of Oak)

Full backs: Amoako Kwadwo (AshantiGold SC), Christopher Nettey (Asante Kotoko), Ibrahim Moro (Asante Kotoko), Dennis Korsah Akoumah (Ebusua Dwarves)

Defensive midfielders: Justice Blay (Medeama SC), Rashid Nortey (Medeama SC), Salifu Moro (Bechem United), Gladson Awako (Great Olympics), Michael Otou (Great Olympics), George Asamoah (Ebusua Dwarfs), Ben Acquah (Ebusua Dwarfs)

Attacking midfielders: Yaw Annor (AshantiGold SC), Salifu Ibrahim (Techiman Eleven Wonders), Maxwell Abbey (Grand Olympics), Augustine Boakye (WAFA), Michael Agbekornu (Dreams FC)

Strikers: Kwame Pepprah (King Faisal), Diawusie Taylor (Karela United FC), Kwame Opoku (Asante Kotoko), Joseph Esso (Dreams FC), Evans Etti (Accra Lions FC), Andy Kumi Francis (Unistar Academy), Welbeck Takyi (Tano Bofoakwa ))

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