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Ghana Black Stars Name Provisional AFCON 2017 Squad

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)

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AFCON 2017: GHANA DRAWN IN GROUP D AND FACE FAMILIAR FOES

The Blackstars of Ghana have been drawn in Group D of AFCON 2017 alongside Egypt, Mali and Uganda as the draw was made yesterday in Libreville, Gabon.

Egypt, Ghana and Uganda will  be tired of the sight of each other having been drawn together in Group D only four months after they were placed in the same group for 2018 World Cup qualifying.

Seven-time African champions Egypt will be eager to revive their dominance after some years of under-performing, while Ghana are desperate to win their first title since 1982 and go one better than the runners-up spot they achieved last year and in 2012 and 1992.

Uganda’s last appearance at the tournament was in 1978, when they lost in the final to Ghana.

Gabon kick off the tournament on 14 January, with the final on 5 February.

The hosts appear to have been fortunate in the draw, pitched in Group A alongside debutants Guinea-Bissau, Cameroon and Burkina Faso.

This years competition has been described as the most open for years so promises to be an exciting team. Though one notable absentee are the 2013 winners Nigeria who failed to qualify.

The full group draw is as follows;

2017 AFCON – GROUP STAGES

Group A: Gabon (Hosts), Guinea-Bissau, Cameroon, Burkina Faso

Group B: Algeria, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Senegal

Group C: Ivory Coast, DR Congo, Morocco, Togo

Group D: Ghana, Egypt, Mali, Uganda

Will 2017 be the year Ghana finally end their 34 year wait for glory? Lets hope so!

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The Pride of Ghana

THE BLACK STAR SHINES IN THE FACE OF DEATH

 

When we at MeFiri Ghana dedicated this month’s articles to “change” in Ghana, this was hardly the kind of change we hoped to be writing about. Now with grief in our hearts and flags flying at half mast, a nation and its entire people from both ends of the political divide mourn.

That a nation should lose its leader only a couple of months to a general election is a clear recipe for political chaos and unrest. The demise of sitting presidents across our continent has almost always thrown nations into a state of commotion. Constitutions end up in the trash bin and either the military takes over or the nation is hijacked by cronies of the deceased leader. Our neighbours to the east can testify to that. When Eyadéma died on February 5, 2005, his son, Faure Gnassingbé, was immediately installed as President with support from the army. The people of Gabon had a similar experience. After Bongo’s death in June 2009, his son Ali Bongo—who had long been assigned key ministerial responsibilities by his father—was elected to succeed him in August 2009. And in Guinea, just six hours after Conte’s death on 22 December 2008, a statement was read on television announcing a military coup d’état!

So undoubtedly, the western media had their cameras trained on our beloved nation, wishing for something sensational to occur. But once again, we proved them wrong and redirected their attention back to Syria. Hours after the announcement of the demise of the president, the military did not take over and neither did his son or compadres squabble over power. We followed the dictates of the constitution and duly swore in the vice president as the new president. And this news has not made the headlines for only one reason; it is not the usual African story of bloodshed and hunger accompanied with gruesome images that sells so well. For all the sensationalists, Ghana is no news at all.

Even though we mourn and grief, we can hold our heads high with pride. In death we are still a shining example to all. Rest in peace John Evans Atta Mills and God bless the family you left behind and the nation you led.