Seven New Players included in Ghana’s Squad for The African Cup of Nations qualifiers
While preparing to face South Africa and Sao Tome &Principe in the 2021 AFCON qualifier, Ghana’s coach Kwesi Appiah has named a total of seven debutant players in his squad. Appiah’s 23-man team will play the two squads this month, playing the first match against South Africa on November 14th. The Black Stars will then travel to Sao Tome and Principe four days later.
Defender Mohammed Salisu playing for Real Valladolid was handed his debut call-up after a splendid performance for the Spanish side. Salisu made his debut to senior professional football in January 2018, scoring his first professional goal late last month. However, the 20-year-old Ghanian footballer has been instrumental to Real Valladolid in their quest to lift the La Liga title.
German-based midfielder Cristopher Antwi-Adjei, TP Mazembe’s Jorric Jibril, and Real Mallorca’s Iddrisu Baba were also among the surprising inclusions in the team. Goalkeeper Razak Abalora from Azam FC also has a place in the squad, as the four-time African Champions are planning to start their qualifying campaign in a unique style.
Swansea’s winger and Ghanian Captain Andre Ayew, along with regulars Jordan Ayew, Mubarak Wakaso, and Thomas Partey, have already booked their spots in the squad. The Black Stars will be hosting Bafana Bafana on Thursday at the Cape Coast Stadium. The match will be taking place four days before their journey to Sao Tome & Principe for their match on Monday, November 18th.
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While announcing the squad, the new GFA (Ghana Football Association) executive unveiled the #BringBackTheLove campaign. According to the GFA, they are aiming to ignite the passion and galvanize the Black Stars’ support. The move comes as the Ghanian side try to redeem themselves following a disappointing AFCON campaign in Egypt this year.
Currently, the football association is under the arms of Kurt Okraku, the current president who was voted in late last month. Kurt took over from the Normalization Committee, which headed the organization for a year after former president Kwesi Nyantakyi resigned in June last year after leading for 12 years.
Among the new faces joining the first team under new management are two players from African Clubs outside Ghana. Goalkeeper Razak Abalora plays for Tanzania’s side Azam, while forward Torric Jebrin plays for TP Mazambe in Congo. Other new faces in the squad include Ashantigold player Shafiu Mumuni, Danish-based central midfielder Mohammed Kudusand German-based Antwi-Adjei.
Here is the full Ghanian squad:
- Goalkeepers:Felix Annan, Razak Abalora, Richard Ofori
- Defenders:Harrison Afful, Andy Yiadom, Lumor Agbenyenu, Nicholas Opoku, Joseph Aidoo Mohammed Salisu, Lumor Agbenyenu, Kassim Nuhu.
- MidFielders:Thomas Partey, Samuel Owusu, Alfred Duncan, Iddrisu Baba, Mubarak Wakaso, Christopher Antwi
- Forwards:Mohammed Kudus, Andre Ayew, Emmanuel Boateng, Torric Jibril, Jordan Ayew, Shafiu Mumuni