Black Stars exclude in-form Waris and Dwamena from final squad

Black Stars exclude in-form Waris and Dwamena from final squad
Edmison Dove of Mozambique challenged Adbul-Majeed Waris of Ghana during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Qualifiers ©Christian Thompson/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Jan 05, 2017. 14:00

Ghana’s final 23-man squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations does not include in-form attackers Majeed Waris and Raphael Dwamena.

The forward duo, as well as Attamah Larweh, were part of the Black Stars’ 26-man preliminary list which was named on Monday. There is also a change in the goalkeeping department, where the injured Adam Kwarasey is replaced by Fatau Dauda.

The release of Waris and Dwamena comes as a surprise, with the pair having enjoyed great goal-scoring form of late in France’s Ligue 1 and the Austrian second-tier respectively.

The squad is dominated by players who represented Ghana at the last AFCON (where the Black Stars finished as runners-up), though there are a few new faces. These include Swedish-based Ebenezer Ofori and Schalke’s Bernard Tekpetey.

Ghana will continue to train for the tournament at their camp in the UAE, with their first AFCON Group D match against Uganda set for January 17 in Port-Gentil.

Ghana’s final 23-man squad:

Goalkeepers: Razak Braimah (Cordoba, Spain), Richard Ofori (Wa All Stars) and Fatau Dauda (Enyimba, Nigeria)

Defenders: Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA), Andy Yiadom (Barnsley, England), Baba Rahman (Schalke, Germany), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium), (John Boye (Sivasspor, Turkey), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew, USA), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City, England), Edwin Gyimah (Orlando Pirates, South Africa)

Midfielders: Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Torino, Italy), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain) Mubarak Wakaso (Panathinaikos, Greece), Christian Atsu (Newcastle, England), Ebenezer Ofori (AIK Stockholm, Sweden), Samuel Tetteh (Leifering, Austria)

Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ahli, UAE) Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa, England), Andre Ayew (West Ham, England), Ebenezer Assifuah (Sion, Switzerland), Bernard Tekpetey (Schalke, Germany)

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