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2013 AFCON squad: Ins and Outs

Jordan Ayew has been axed from Ghana's AFCON squad

Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah has announced his provisional 26-man squad which will be pruned down to 23-man in search of glory in the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa.

Olympique Marseille hot-shot Jordan Ayew is out but Amidaus Professionals midfielder Yahaya Mohammed is picked in attack.

The former OG Nice midfieleder made a surprise entry into the Black Stars provisional 26-man squad while debutant Awal Mohammed has also been named.

Bristol City winger Albert Adomah will have the chance to make his AFCON debut after missing out of the 2012 finals squad.

While versatile Espanyol winger Wakaso Mubarak has also been called.

Kotoko defender Rashid Sumaila and striker Emmanuel Clottey have been recalled.

Regulars Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Kwadwo Asamoah, Andre Ayew, Christian Atsu, Derek Boateng and Asamoah Gyan have all held down their places in the team.

Ghanasoccernet.com presents an analysis of the significant names that made the list and those that were chopped off by Kwesi Appiah.

INS
Awal Mohammed, who plays for South African Premier Soccer League side Maritzburg United is yet to be capped by the West Africans.

The former Asante Kotoko center-half, 24, was due to make his Ghana bow last month in the international friendly against Cape Verde in Portugal but failed to secure a visa.

Though his inclusion in squad owns much credence to his commanding shows in the PSL, the uncertainty over France-based duo John Boye and Jonathan Mensah is also a deciding factor.

Mensah and Boye, who were both in Goran Stevanovic’s team eleven months ago, have suffered various degrees of injuries and could miss January’s tournament.

Rashid Sumaila‘s inclusion is also on similar basis.

Sumaila who is on loan at Ghanaian champions Asante Kotoko is one of the six central defenders named in the provisional squad.

His experience with the Ghana U20 and U23 as well as the local Black Stars can help him stage a fight for a place in the final 23-man squad his chances appear slimmer.

Jerry Akaminko
The Turkey-based defender is likely to be on the plane to South Africa on January 17 considering his form for Eski?ehirspor in the Turkish Super League.

The former Heart of Lions man scored on his debut for the Black Stars and has impressed coach Kwesi Appiah since his debut call.

Richard Kissi Boateng
After weighing options at left-back, Kwesi Appiah settled on the former Liberty Professionals man who advertised his qualities in the Caf Champions League.

Kissi and Wakaso Mubarak are the only natural left-footed wing-halves in the list and are both likely to be confirmed in the final squad.

Albert Admoah
He got close to making it to Gabon and Equatorial Guinea but narrowly missed out of Goran Stevanovic’s squad.

The English-born must translate his swashbuckling form for struggling Bristol City in order to compete for a place in the final squad.

Yahaya Mohammed Kwesi Appiah's surprise package

Yahaya Mohammed
Obviously the surprise package of the squad.

The 24-year-old who has experience abroad after a stint with French Ligue 1 side OG Nice, has scored 8 goals in ten games in the Ghanaian top flight for debutants Amidaus Professionals from a makeshift attacking role.

His fate could however be determined by Kwesi Appiah’s choice for either three or four strikers.

OUTS
Jordan Ayew
There is a huge public outcry over the Mareille marksman’s exclusion from the squad.

His axing has been attributed to footballing reasons by coach Kwesi Appiah despite his devastating form in the Ligue 1.

Jo won the Marseille player of the month of November and has been the steamroller for the former European champs.

There is clearly more to his exclusion than footballing reason.

Sulley Muntari has also been left out of Ghana's squad

Sulley Muntari
The 28-year-old returned to AC Milan after spending close to six months in the treatment room with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Though he made his AFCON intentions clear, Kwesi Appiah decided to overlook him purely for fitness concerns.

Samuel Inkoom
Samuel Inkoom is yet to play a league game for FC Dnipro in the Ukrainian Premier League this season.

He was given a glimmer of hope when he was handed a call-up for the friendly against Cape Verde.

His wife’s tweets describing Ghana Football Association officials and Ghana coach as ‘pot belly assholes’ sums up the frustrations around him.

Abdul Majeed Waris
Though Waris has failed to glitter in all his three outings for the Black Stars, there was some little hope to hang on.

Waris bagged 25 goals all season for Hacken and won the best player of the Swedish Allsvenskan award.

Yahaya Mohammed’s preference to the new Spartak Moscow signing is a matter of choice.

David Addy
Addy’s exclusion is also one of a surprise.

The 22-year-old has been consistent for Vitória de Guimarães in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, featuring in almost every game this season.

The 2009 Fifa U20 World Cup gold medalist was hoping to gatecrash Kwesi Appiah’s squad make his AFCON debut.

But he will have to wait for the next edition.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. yaw2 says:

    Ghana can win AFCON2013 with one goal project..AA job on the line..Is one goal project.

  2. Jaja says:

    Muntari played with AC Milan against Reggina today damnit! He received a standing ovation from the AC Milan supporters. Why leave him out?

  3. yaw2 says:

    Muntari is not fully fit,he will be available in world cup qualify.Wakaso will play Muntari position.

  4. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    JORDAN SHLDNT BE DISCOURAGED. IF I WERE HIM, I WILL PLAY FOR THE SATTELITES OR METOERS WHILES DOING MY DUE FOR MARSEILLE. THIS OMISSION WILL ONLY MAKE JORDAN HUNGRIER

    IM NOT AGAINST KISSI BOATENG HERE, BUT WE ALL KNOW HE WASNT AT HIS BEST DURING THE CHAMPS LEAGUE. LOOK AT THE GOALS BEREKUM CHELSEA CONCEIVED? ZAMALEK WERE GOING BY K BOATENG LIKE WATER, THEREFORE HOW DID HE GET SELECTED? WAKASSO IS A LFTWINGER, NOT A LEFTFULL BACK. AA SHOULD STOP PLAYING PPL OUT OF THE POSITION. WILL BRASIL PLAY MAICON AS A LEFTFULLBACK? I THINK NOT…CALL ADD/NANA ASARE TO HELP KISSI BOATENG PLAY THE 3. MOVE WAKASSO TO THE LEFTWING WITH ATSU.

    ADOMAH WONT BE ABLE TO SURVIVE THIS AFCON. HIS CLUB IS BATTLIN RELEGATION AND HIS PLAYING STYLE IS TOO SOPHISTICATED FOR AFCON. ASANTE IS NOT A GOOD WINGER, BUT A MEDIOCRE ONE. WAT DID ASANTE DO IN THE CHAMPS LEAGUE WITH BEREKUM CHELSEA? HOW MANY GOALS N ASSISTS DID HE GET IN THE CHAMPS LEAGUE? AA SHOULD HAVE CALLED ABEYIE N MPONG FOR THE RIGHT WING.

    YAHYA IS A GOOD ADDITION. AA MUST DROP PAINSTIL N DEREK BOATENG. ABREWA DROSS PLAYERS….
    AA MUST DROP FATAU DAUDA N REPLACE HIM WITH WARRIS. FATAU WILL BE A LIABILITY AT THE TOURNEY. HE WONT PLAY A GAME. THEREFORE, ITS USELESS TO TAKE HIM THERE IF WE CANT USE HIM.

  5. Union Leader says:

    Bullshit@GH FUO,THINK BIG; 3 Goaltenders are require for such tournaments like the AFCON. Its a requirement,get that into your thick schull,and stop making a fool of yourself by asking the Gaffer to Drop Fatau.

  6. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    UNION LEADER, U ARE A PRIMITVE INDIVIDUAL. ITS TIME TO MOVE OUT OF THE BUSH, U MONKEY. THIS IS WAT I WAS HOPING YOU WOULD DO…..

    According to FIFA, goalies won’t be allowed to play in the field in any circumstance during the World Cup.
    THIS IS WAT FIFA states about goalies being named to the roster….
    3. Each association will then be required to provide FIFA with a ?nal list of no
    more than 23 players (three of whom shall be goalkeepers). This ?nal list is
    limited to the players on the release list. The association must send this ?nal
    list to FIFA prior to the kick-off of the opening match in accordance with the
    deadline stipulated in the relevant FIFA circular. (page 35)

    PRIOR TO THE 2010 WORLD CUP,
    North Korea submitted it’s 23-man roster, it named forward Kim Myong Won as one if its goalies.
    But FIFA announced tHAT nORTH Korea (and me too for that matter) was too clever for its own good,
    saying since Myong Won was named as a goalie he could not play in the field.
    According to FIFA, goalies won’t be allowed to play in the field in any circumstance during the World Cup.

    Squads used to be 22 men. I am fairly certain there was no positional requirement of the squads, but traditionally 2 Goalkeepers
    were selected for the team. The problem was that in very rare circumstances both keepers might be unable to play (injury or red card).
    Although rare, it is pretty much a disaster when this happens. So fifa changed the tournament rules to allow a 23rd man on the squad,
    but Only for an emergency third goal-keeper. Otherwise teams would have still probably only picked two GoalKeepers to keep other options open.
    So with the addition of the 23rd man who HAD to be the third goalkeeper, it now put special conditions on the people who were named goalkeepers.
    If they hadn’t required this 3rd goal keeper designation they would have simply left the squad at 22.
    So when someone names a 3rd goalkeeper with the intention of playing them elsewhere they are circumventing the whole point of being allowed
    a 23rd player. If this was allowed Fifa would simply go back to the 22 man squad.

    SO WAT HAPPENED TO CHOICE?

  7. kimco says:

    nyc read gh fuo, problem is i didn’t see how u tackled his statement, but maybe it’s jux me, so could u pls help ur bush brother to understand how it relates to the dude’s statement. Educative post, very nyc.

    • Papa Nkrumah says:

      I remember we played a match in Nigeria where we lost the two (2) goal-keepers we took for a qualifier. at the end, we were forced to use Emmanuel Osei Kuffour as our goalkeeper because there was no actual goal-keeper. so, if we can use lose our 2 keepers in one match, maybe it is better, safer and wiser to take at least three for an entire tournament