Squad cut-down see only twenty-four players to report Black Stars camp ahead of South African and Sao Tome clashes

Black Stars head coach Charles Kwablan Akonnor initially made 32 introductions into his first call-up mid last month with majority of the players coming from the Ghana Premier League.

Though few foreign players were expected to join to add the number to at least 34 players, Chinese based Mubarak Wakaso and Emmanuel Boateng only did so late.

The Black Stars squad have already started preparations for Afcon qualifiers against South Africa and Sao Tome & Principe this month.

Black Stars Preparations have existed for almost three weeks now and the squad has received occasional cut-down with the likes of Elmina Sharks shot-stopper Bawa Lord Martey, Hearts’ central defender Mohammed Alhassan and Great Olympics captain Gladson Awako together with others- Andy Kumi Francis (Unistar Academy), Welbeck Takyi (Tano Bofoakwa) already axed.

The latest cut-down sees only twenty-four players now to report Black Stars camp on Monday morning (10:00am), February 8, 2021, at the M-plaza Hotel in Accra.

The players will continue preparations for South African game on 25th March and Sao Tome three days later at the Cape Coast Stadium.

It’s understood that C.K Akonnor wants to build a strong home-based squad to compete for places in the team and to have depth going into the future.

China-based duo Mubarak Wakaso and Emmanuel Boateng will continue to train with their colleagues for the two games.

Squad details   

Goalkeepers: Joseph Addo (Aduana FC), Razak Abalorah (Asante Kotoko), Eric Ofori Antwi (Medeama SC)

Defenders: Ganiyu Ismail (Asante Kotoko), Yusif Mubarik (Asante Kotoko), Konadu Yiadom (WAFA), Ibrahim Moro (Asante Kotoko), Haruna Jamal Deen (Great Olympics), Christopher Nettey (Asante Kotoko) Joseph Agyei (Legon Cities), Dennis Korsah (Ebusua Dwarfs)

Midfielders: Gladson Awako (Great Olympics), Justice Blay (Medeama SC), Michel Otou (Great Olympics), Yaw Annor (Ashanti Gold SC), Rashid Nortey (Medeama SC), Maxwell Abbey (Great Olympics), Salifu Moro (Bechem United), Mubarak Wakaso (Jiangsu Suning), Joseph Esso (Dreams SC)

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


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