Ghana Black Stars Coach Avram Grant revealed his provisional squad at a GFA Press conference this morning. A notable omission from the 26 man squad was Jeffrey Schlupp of Leicester City which has come as surprise to many. A less suprising omission was key player and Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah who was struggling to make the the required fitness level following a series of knee injuries.
Otherwise the squad is full of familiar faces including the likes of the Ayew brothers, Asamoah Gyan, Daniel Amartey and Christian Atsu.
The Black Stars will travel to the United Arab Emirates for a training camp from where Grant will reveal his final squad of 23 by the 4 January deadline set by CAF (Confederation of African Football)
The tournament kicks off in Gabon from 14 January – 5February 2017 to Ghana are in Group D and they will face games against Mali, Egypt and Uganda.
The Black Stars kick off their tournament against Uganda on 17 January 2017
The full 26 man Squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Razak Braimah (Cordoba, Spain), Adam Kwarasey (Rosenborg, Norway), Richard Ofori (Wa All Stars, Ghana)
Defenders: Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA), Andy Yiadom(Barnsley, England), Baba Rahman (Schalke, Germany), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium), John Boye (Sivasspor,Turkey), Jonathan Mensah (Anzhi, Russia), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City, England), Edwin Gyimah (Orlando Pirates, South Africa)
Midfielders: Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Torino, Italy), Mubarak Wakaso (Panathinaikos, Greece), Christian Atsu (Newcastle, England), Ebenezer Ofori (AIK Stockholm, Sweden), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Samuel Tetteh (Leifering, Austria), Joseph Larweh Attamah (Başakşehir, Turkey)
Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ahli, UAE) Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa, England), Abdul-Majeed Waris (Lorient, France), Andre Ayew (West Ham, England), Ebenezer Assifuah (Sion, Switzerland), Bernard Tekpetey (Schalke, Germany), Rahpael Dwamena (Austria Lustenau, Austria)