Akonnor names final squad for Afcon qualifiers

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Ghana national team coach Charles Akonnor has named his final squad for the upcoming qualifiers.

The coach has left out players who play in the English Premier League and the Championship after their clubs opted against releasing them for the March international break.

He, however, has included France-based duo Nicholas Opoku and Emmanuel Lomotey despite a recent announcement by French clubs saying they won’t be allowing players to honour call-ups from countries outside of the European Union.

Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Richard Ofori has also been included alongside Afcon U20 hero Abudul Fatawu Issahaku.

Full Ghana squad

GOALKEEPES

Richard Ofori (Orlando Pirates – South Africa), Razak Abalora (Asante Kotoko, Ghana), Eric Ofori Antwi (Medeama SC, Ghana), Danlad Ibrahim (Asante Kotoko,Ghana).

DEFENDERS

Baba Abdul Rahman (PAOK, Greece), Gideon Mensah (Vitoria de Guimaraes, Portugal), Benson Annan (MLK Zilina, Slovakia), Philemon Baffuor (Dreams FC, Ghana), Nicholas Opoku (Amiens SC, France), Kasim Nuhu (1899 Hoffenheim, Germany), Ganiyu Ismael (Asante Kotoko, Ghana), Stephen Ambrosius (Hamburger SV, Germany).

MIDFIELDERS

Kudus Mohammed (Ajax Amsterdam, Holland), Mubarak Wakaso (Jiangsu Suning F.C, China), Afriyie Acquah (Yeni Malatyaspor, Turkey), Emmanuel Lomotey (Amiens SC, France), Iddrisu Baba (RCD Mallorca, Spain), Gladson Awako (Great Olympics, Ghana), Kwame Afriyie Poku (Colchester United, England, Osman Bukari (Gent, Belgium), Joseph Esso (Dreams FC, Ghana), Kamal Sowah (OH Leuven, Belgium), Fatawu Issahaku (Steadfast FC, Ghana).

SRIKERS

Emmanuel Boateng (Dalian Professional, China), Emmanuel Gyasi (Spezia, Italy), Kwame Opoku (Asante Kotoko, Ghana), John Antwi (Pyramids FC, Egypt), Kwasi Okyere Wriedt (Willem II, Holland), Caleb Ekuban (Trabzonspor, Turkey).

Ghana will face South Africa away from home on the 25th of March before hosting Sao Tome ePrincipe three days later.

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By Prince Sobayeni 

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