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Ghana will be hoping to retain the Africa Youth Championship title but are without three key players for the eight-team tournament in South Africa.
The current Black Satellites are hoping to emulate their predecessors who won the tournament two years ago in Rwanda.
Coach Sellas Tetteh has been replaced by his assistant Orlando Wellington as the helm of the Black Satellites.
The Berekum Chelsea trainer, who has led his club side to the top of the Ghana league, should have enough knowledge to help in a tough Group B where they will face arch rivals Nigeria, Cameroon and Gambia.
But Wellington is without three key players who helped the Black Stars to qualify for the tournament in South Africa as they European club refused to release them.
Marseille opted not to release midfielder Jordan Ayew, the son of legend Abedi Pele, as he is expected to help them in the tight title race in France.
Italy-based duo of Daniel Kofi Agyei (Fiorentina) and Afriyie Acquah (Palermo) will also not make the trip as they are also expected to play a part in the end of season race.
Despite the absence of the trio, Ghana will count on eight foreign-based players for the tournament including ex-France U17 captain Kelvin Osei.
The Marseille utility player is part of the Black Satellites 21-man squad for the U20 continental tournament after snubbing the European country to play for the club.
Wellington will also rely on the Genoa duo of top-scorer Richmond Boakye-Yiadom and left back Masawudu Alhassan.
Metz striker Kwame Nsor, who is known as the Adebayor of Ghana football because of his height, was also selected along with Benfica youngster Enoch Ebo Andoh.
Spain-based Bright Addae, James Bissue of Israeli side Hapoel Beer Sheva and Gershon Koffie of Canadian side Vancouver Whitecaps will also play for the Satellites.
But the squad is dominated by experienced players in the Ghana top-flight league including the Hearts of Oak duo of defender Karim Alhassan and striker Mahatma Otoo.
FIFA Under-20 World Cup Appearances: 5 (1993, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2009)
FIFA Under-20 World Cup Wins: 1 (2009)
African Youth Championship Appearances: 10 (1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2009)
African Youth Championship Wins: 3 (1993, 1999, 2009)
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