Akonnor names Ghana preliminary squad

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Ghana national team coach Charles Akonnor has announced a 24-man preliminary squad dominated by home-based players.

The Ghanaian mentor has already started preparations for the 2021 Afcon qualifiers scheduled to take place at the end of March. Ghana will travel to South Africa on the 24th before hosting Sao Tome ePrincipe a few days later.

Chinese based duo of Mubarak Wakaso and Emmanuel Boateng have also been included in the squad because they are still on holiday back home before the start of the Chinese Super League.

Akonnor is expected to announce his final squad which will later be bolstered by foreign-based players like Andrew Ayew, Jordan Ayew, Thomas Partey and many others who ply their trade across some of Europe’s top leagues. The Black Stars need one win from their remaining two games to book a spot at the continental showpiece in Cameroon.

They are tied with South Africa on nine points, but sit on top of the group based on having a good head to head with the Cosafa nation.

Full squad

GOALKEEPERS

Joseph Addo (Aduana Stars), Razak Abalorah (Asante Kotoko), Eric Ofori Antwi (Medeama SC).

DEFENDERS

Ganiyu Ismail (Asante Kotoko), Yusif Mubarik (Asante Kotoko), Kwadwo Amoako (Ashanti Gold SC), Konadu Yiadom (WAFA), Ibrahim Moro (Asante Kotoko), Haruna Jamal Deen (Great Olympics), Christopher Nettey (Asante Kotoko), Dennis Korsah (Ebusua Dwarfs), Joseph Agyei (Legon Cities).

MIDFIELDERS

Gladson Awako (Great Olympics), Justice Blay (Medeama SC), Michel Otou (Great Olympics), Yaw Annor (AshantiGold SC), Rashid Nortey (Medeama SC), Maxwell Abbey (Great Olympics), Augustine Boakye (WAFA), Salifu Moro (Bechem United), Mubarak Wakaso (Jiangsu Suning), Joseph Esso (Dreams FC).

STRIKERS

Emmanuel Boateng (Dalian Pro), Kwame Peprah (King Faisal), Kwame Opoku (Asante Kotoko), Diawusie Taylor (Karela United).

Ghana beat South Africa in the group opener in November 2019 before narrowly edging Sao Tome a few days later away from home. In a double-header last year November, they defeated Sudan at home before Sudan stunned them with a 1-0 defeat away from home.

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