Afcon 2021 qualifiers: Ghana name 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
Ghanaian coach CK Akonnor has called up 32 players to start camping for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe.
All team members advertised on GFA’s official website are practicing in Ghana.
The squad will be complemented by overseas-based players ahead of the matches on March 22 and 30.
Ghanaian Premier League leader Asante Kotoko adds six players to the roster, with the men 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 next few years. matches for reasons related to the coronavirus.
âThis 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 the GFA official website.
“We made late calls, but travel restrictions and quarantine issues made it difficult for us. So management and the technical team felt it was wise to do so by inviting some of the players. at home to move to camp to prepare for games.
âWe believe that once the time draws near, we will look at foreign players who are doing well and without COVID-19 issues to join the players. With all of that at stake, we (myself and the rest of the technical team) were able to go around to see what is happening in our clubs and I have to congratulate our coaches for the good job done.
“The players have played so well and we believe that the ones we have selected are the best in the country. Hopefully when the foreign players can come and 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.
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 Dwarfs)
Defensive midfielder: Justice Blay (Medeama SC), Rashid Nortey (Medeama SC), Salifu Moro (Bechem United), Gladson Awako (Major Olympics), Michael Otou (Major Olympics), George Asamoah (Ebusua Dwarfs), Ben Acquah (Ebusua Dwarfs)
Attacking midfielder : 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 ))