Coach Avram Grant has named Black Stars Squad to take part in the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon (AFCON)

The provisional Black Stars Squad  list includes:


Goalkeepers:

  • Adam Kwarasey
  • Razak Braimah
  • Richard Ofori

Forwards:

  • Asamoah Gyan (Captain)
  •  Jordan Ayew
  • Andre Ayew
  •  Rahpael Dwamena
  • Ebenezer Assifuah
  •  Bernard Tekpetey
  • Abdul-Majeed Waris


Defenders:

  • Jonathan Mensah
  • Harrison Afful
  • Baba Rahman
  • Andy Yiadom
  • John Boye
  • Daniel Amartey
  • Edwin Gyimah
  • Frank Acheampong


Midfielders:

  •  Christian Atsu
  • Afriyie Acquah 
  • Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu
  •  Thomas Partey
  • Ebenezer Ofori 
  • Joseph Larweh Attamah
  • Samuel Tetteh
  • Mubarak Wakaso   

 We were expecting some of the above listed names others we were not expecting

What do you think about the above list?  Is your favourite footballer on the list?

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AFCON2015 final is tomorrow… 2 extremely good teams will be playing. Black Stars of Ghana vs. Les Éléphants de Cote D’ivoire… one thing is for sure is a game not to be missed!

Ghana’s Ayew brothers, André Ayew and Jordan Ayew, Ivory Coast’s Touré brothers Yaya Touré and Kolo Touré, Also the like of Asamoah Gyan, Christian Atsu…..

Ghana Vs Ivory Coast.

4- time champion Ghana last won the African Cup in 1982 almost 33 years ago… Ivory Coast on the other hand has gone 23 years since taking the cup.

Who will you be cheering for?

The match takes place Sunday at 7 p.m. GMT.

 

black starsGhana coach Avram Grant’s final 23-man squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations has rattled some cages. 

The former Chelsea manager axed experienced defender Samuel Inkoom from the provisional 25-man that trained in Seville in Spain and maintained debutant Daniel Amartey who plays for FC Copenhagen.

Another talking point has been Kwesi Appiah’s inclusion in the final squad when he has no tournament experience and has been playing in the lower divisions of English Premier League.

Norway-based striker Mahatma Otoo was handed a late call-up when medical team realized

Below are thoughts of  journalists in Ghana and abroad sharing their thoughts on Ghana’s final squad for the tournament.

The strikers we are taking to #afcon2015 . Hmmmm. Honestly not sure. Always been our weakness. Once again all the pressure on Gyan again

— Michael Oti Adjei (@OtiAdjei) January 8, 2015
I know it is only on paper, but the #Ghana squad for #AFCON2015 is not a world-beating select. #Bafana can beta this side.

— Neil Greig (@NeilGreigSoccer) January 8, 2015
How Kwesi Appiah made the cut for the AFCON squad is just funny.

— Akosua Addai Amoo (@akosuaamoo) January 8, 2015
I heard Adusei should have been picked because he is good at penalties.hmm

— Xin Nian de Akoto (@eastsportsman) January 8, 2015

Reports am gathering indicates that Schlupp,Inkoom,Adusei,Moro,all dropped from #Ghana squad but Mahatma Otoo has been recalled @fiifianaman

— Evans Gyamera-Antwi (@ashesgyamera) January 7, 2015

Acheampong and Amartey made AFCON squad ..Avram Grant heeded my tips in this piece http://t.co/3SwO7Z66o3 #AFCON2015 #Ghana

— nii ayitey tetteh (@niithesoccerguy) January 8, 2015

Credit:www.ghanasoccernet.com

 

 

According to ghanasoccernet.com, Ghana’s squad has arrived in Seville, Spain to begin a ten-day pre-Africa Cup of Nations training camp.

The players includes:

Goalkeepers: Razak Braimah (Mirandes, Spain), Fatau Dauda (AshGold) and Ernest Sowah (Don Bosco, DR Congo)

Defenders: Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), John Boye (Erciyesspor, Turkey), Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France), Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester City, England), Awal Mohammed (Maritzburg, South Africa), Kwabena Adusei (Mpumalanga Black Aces, South Africa), Baba Rahman (Augsburg, Germany), Edwin Gyimah (Mpumalanga Black Aces, South Africa), Samuel Inkoom (Houston Dynamo, USA), Daniel Amartey, (FC Copenhagen, Denmark)

Midfielders: Mohammed Rabiu (Krasnodar, Russia), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Parma, Italy), Solomon Asante (T.P. Mazembe, DR Congo), Christian Atsu (Everton, England), Mubarak Wakaso (Celtic, Scotland), Andre Ayew (Olympique Marseille, France), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium), Ibrahim Moro (AIK Stockholm, Sweden)

Strikers: Jordan Ayew (Lorient, France), Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE), Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United, England) and David Accam (Chicago Fire, USA).Black Stars

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It is believed that Ghana’s new coach, Avram Grant will drop  3 players from the provisional squad for the required number of 23 players for the tournament to be hosted by Equatorial Guinea by 07 January 2015.

 

Ghana Black Stars Have Your Say: Black Stars management committee chairman George Afriyie has confirmed that FIVE players from the provisional 31-man squad would be dropped before the team emplanes to Spain for pre-Nations Cup campaign.

This means 26 players will make the trip to Seville for the final preparation exercise.

Below is a full list of Avram Grant’s preliminary 31-man squad:

Goalkeepers: Razak Braimah (Mirandes, Spain), Adams Stephen (Aduana Stars), Fatau Dauda (AshGold) and Ernest Sowah (Don Bosco, DR Congo)

Defenders: Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), John Boye (Erciyesspor, Turkey), Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France), Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester City, England), Awal Mohammed (Maritzburg, South Africa), Kwabena Adusei (Mpumalanga Black Aces, South Africa), Baba Rahman (Augsburg, Germany), Gyimah Edwin (Mpumalanga Black Aces, South Africa), Samuel Inkoom (Houston Dynamo, USA), Daniel Amartey, (FC Copenhagen, Denmark)

Midfielders: Rabiu Mohammed (Krasnodar, Russia), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Parma, Italy), Solomon Asante (T.P. Mazembe, DR Congo), Christian Atsu (Everton, England), Mubarak Wakaso (Celtic, Scotland), Andre Ayew (Olympique Marseille, France), Alfred Duncan (Sampdoria, Italy), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough, England), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium), Adu Kofi (Malmo, Sweden), Ibrahim Moro (AIK Stockholm, Sweden)

Strikers: Jordan Ayew (Lorient, France), Abdul-Majeed Waris (Trabzonspor, Turkey), Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE), Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United, England) and David Accam (Chicago Fire, USA).

Which players should be dropped from the pack of players that will be  making the trip to Spain. What are your thoughts on this? Leave your comment here.

For on football. Check out ghanasoccernet.com

Source:ghanasoccernet.com

black starsGhana assistant coach Maxwell Konadu has revealed that the Black Stars will spend 10 days in the Seville before moving to Mongomo for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

The new  Ghanaian coach, Avram Grant will settle on his final 23-man squad for the tournament.

The Israeli coach has named a provisional squad of 31 players which excludes World Cup troublemakers Sulley Muntari, Michael Essien and Kevin-Prince Boateng.

“We are looking at spending only ten days in Europe before leaving for Equatorial Guinea,” Konadu said.

“The coach is expected in this weekend so once he arrives we will take it from there.”

Ghana are in the Group of Death comprising Senegal, Algeria and South Africa…

We wish the Black Stars Good luck!

Source: ghanasoccernet.com

 

Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan wins the continental award following his exploits in the just ended Asian Champions League.

Gyan emerged the top scorer of the competition with 12 goals in Al Ain’s campaign which ended at the semi final stage.

The 28-year-old’s awarded will be handed over to the UAE FA for onward transfer to the former Sunderland player.

“Al Ain’s Ghanaian player Mr. Asamoah Gyan’s consistent and excellent performance in the AFC Champions League scoring a total of 12 goals and helping his team reach the semi finals of the competition is an to be proud of,” a letter signed by the AFC General Secretary Dato Soosay to the UAE FA read.

“On behalf of AFC President and the AFC Executive Committee members, it is our honour to present the AFC Foreign Player of the Year 2014 accolade to Mr. Asamoah Gyan.

“The award will be sent to your association this month and we wish all the best to Mr. Asamoah Gyan for the future.”

Gyan has been racking up awards after awards since his arrival in the UAE in 2011…

Asamoah Gyan has emerged top goalscorer in the UAE top flight for three consecutive times and has also again been shortlisted in the initial nominations for this year’s Africa Player of the Year award…

Well done Gyan! Our No.1 Man!

Source: AsamoahGyan3.com

asmoahThe Black Stars captain was taking his friends numbering about 30 out on a usual boat cruise in Ada when the accident occurred on Sunday afternoon.  Gyan usually rents out a yacht to accommodate close family members and friends whenever he is in town for holidays. ..According to ghanasoccernet.com the group therefore resorted to using ski boats this term.  Castro, an iconic Ghanaian hiplife musician and a close friend of Asamoah Gyan was said to have taken one of the boats out on a cruise on the Volta Lake alongside an unnamed female friend while the others continued with their relaxation at shore.  Hours later, the ski boat was said to have been found without both Castro and his female friend.  A mounted search which has lasted hours now is yet to yield any positive results

 

black starsblack starsFIFA’s Technical Study Group has hailed Ghana’s display against Germany at the World Cup as the best match so far in the tournament inBrazil despite the Black Stars early elimination.

Ex-France and Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier, who is the most experienced member of FIFA’s Technical Study Group at the tournament in Brazil, tacitly praised the tactics employed by Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah in the match against Germany.

Ghana held Germany to a 2-2 draw in a match the Black Stars dominated which has been now been described as the best game of the tournament so far.

Source: ghanasoccernet.com

moses-vs-muntariMoses Armah says  ‘Muntari Slapped Me Twice And I Punched Him’.

Medeama SC President Moses Armah says he was provoked by Sulley Muntari to retaliate after he was attacked by the Black Stars midfielder during a meeting in Brasilia last week.

The usually calm Mr Armah, also known as Mospacka, a member of the FA Executive Committee, said he reluctantly hit back after he had received two slaps from the player.

“Initially, I didn’t want to touch him because he is a player, but I was compelled to defend myself when he slapped my face twice,” Mr Armah told the Graphic Sports.

Narrating his ordeal to the Graphic Sports on phone from the US, the Black Stars Management Committee member said he and his colleagues found Muntari’s behaviour very strange, as if he was possessed.

According to him, it all started when the players called the management members to a meeting regarding the team’s appearance fees last Tuesday following a sudden boycott of training earlier that day.

He said during the meeting the players were assured of payment of their money as promised by the government earlier.

“When it came to my turn to speak I urged the players to be patient while we all waited for the money in Brazil as promised by the President,” he recalled.

He said he had hardly finished speaking when Muntari rose up and shouted at him to keep quiet, to the surprise of everybody present.

“He then approached me and slapped me in the face. But because he is a player I hesitated to reply but he returned to give me another slap which infuriated me, and that compelled me to reply him with a heavy blow straight to his face,” he added.

The Medeama SC chief noted that the power behind the punch sent the player reeling on the floor, leaving him with a bloodied face.

It was then that people at the meeting stepped in to separate them and sent him to his hotel room.

But while thinking the fight was over, Muntari suddenly rushed into his room, wearing only his shorts and tried to attack him again but for the intervention of some national security officials present who whisked him to the porch while FA officials restrained the player in the room.

He said a few minutes later, an incensed Muntari got up, took hold of the FA man’s three mobile phones and laptop, and smashed them on the ground, damaging them in the process.

Mr Armah said could not fathom what came over the player to behave the way he did.

He said following the player’s behaviour he was impressed upon to relocate to another hotel, which he did.

He further disclosed that following the incident Muntari’s parents called him from Ghana to apologise for their son’s behaviour.

“I was also told that Muntari’s wife came looking for me to apologise on her husband’s behalf when I left the hotel,” he revealed.

He described what happened in the Stars campaign in Brazil as unfortunate but still believed that the team had a huge potential for the future.

Source: allsports.com.gh