Appiah names his Blackstars for CAN 2013
Ghanaian national team coach, Kwesi Appiah has named a 26 man squad for the 2013 African nations next month in South Africa amid huge media scrutiny in Ghana. Whilst the majority of the squad inclusions were not a surprise, notable omissions came in the shape of former Captain John Mensah and striker Jordan Ayew.
Both Mensah and Ayew were in the CAN 2012 squad that bowed out at the semi-final stage to eventual winners Zambia. Their omissions ultimately come as a surprise as Ayew has been in decent form for his club Marseille whilst Mensah’s vast experience alone would be beneficial to the squad, especially the younger players.
Unsurprisingly there is no place for Michael Essien, who asked to be left out in order to focus on his club career. One player who was secured his place is Christian Atsu who has been in scintillating form for club (FC Porto) and country and Appiah and the rest of Ghana will be hoping this continues come January.
Appiah believes he has picked a squad good enough to win in South Africa next month, and he will trim the squad down to 23 players after a training camp in the United Arab Emirates, where Ghana will play friendlies against Tunisia and Egypt.
The full 26 man squad is as follows;
Goalkeepers: Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset, Norway), Fatau Dauda (AshantiGold), Daniel Adjei (Liberty Professionals)
Defenders: John Paintsil (Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Israel), Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), Kissi Boateng (Berekum Chelsea), Wakasu Mubarak (Espanyol, Spain), John Boye (Rennes, France), Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France), Isaac Vorsah (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria), Jerry Akaminko (Eskisehirspor, Turkey), Rashid Sumaila (Asante Kotoko), Awal Mohammed (Maritzburg United, South Africa).
Midfielders: Andre Ayew (Marseille, France), Christian Atsu (FC Porto, Portgal), Anthony Annan (Osasuna, Spain), Derek Boateng (Dnipro Dniepropetrovsk, Ukraine), Agyemang Badu (Udinese, Italy), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy), Albert Adomah (Bristol City, England), Rabiu Mohammed (Evian, France), Solomon Asante (Berekum Chelsea).
Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE), Emmanuel Clottey (Esperance, Tunisia), Boakye Yiadom (Sassuolo, Italy), Yahaya Mohammed (Amidaus Professionals).
Do you think Appiah was right to leave out Jordan Ayew and John Mensah? And can this squad deliver Ghana’s first nations cup title since 1982? We’ve waited long enough!
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Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)