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Ghana coach confirms provisional 25-man AFCON squad

Posted On Thursday, 15th December 2011

Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic (middle) and Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi (right)

Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic has confirmed that his 25-man squad for next month’s African Cup of Nations includes Jordan Ayew and Emmanuel Baffour.

MTNFootball.com exclusively revealed on Wednesday the full squad now confirmed by the Serbian coach.

The select band of players will head for camping in South Africa on 7 January where they will test their battle readiness against Kaizer Chiefs on 12 January.

The Black Stars will then play South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in Rustenburg three days after.

Thirteen new players are in the Black Stars squad for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations as compared to Ghana’s squad for the last edition in Angola.

The number represents a 56.52% change from the dominantly young squad that took Ghana all the way to the grand finale only to lose to a more experienced Egypt side two years ago.

Forwards; Prince Tagoe, Jordan Ayew, Emmanuel Baffour and Derek Asamoah are the major beneficiaries this term-replacing Mathew Amoah, Dominic Adiyiah, Haminu Dramani and Ransford Osei in the process.

Also, Sulley Muntari, Derek Boateng, Mohammed Abu and Charles Takyi replace Michael Essien, Ibrahim Ayew, Opoku Agyemang and Moussa Narry.

In defence Daniel Opare, Masawudu Alhassan and John Boye get the nod ahead of Hans Adu Sarpei, Harrison Afful and Eric Addo.

Richard Kingson and Philemon McCarthy make way for Adam Kwarasey and Ernest Sowah in the goalkeeping department

Leicester City man John Paintsil who missed the last edition through injury takes his place.

Ghana are drawn in Nations Cup Group D alongside Botswana, Guinea and Mali which is based in the Gabonese city of Francevile.

Ghana’s 25-man provisional squad:

Goalkeepers: Adam Kwarasey, Daniel Agyei, Ernest Sowah

Defenders: John Painstil, Samuel Inkoom, Daniel Opare, Massawudu Alhassan, Lee Addy, Isaac Vorsah, Jonathan Mensah, John Mensah, John Boye

Midfielders: Derek Boateng, Anthony Annan, Jordan Ayew, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Abu Mohammed, Dede Ayew, Sulley Muntari, Charles Takyi, Kwadwo Asamoah

Strikers: Asamoah Gyan, Prince Tagoe, Derek Asamoah, Emmanuel Baffour.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. J. White says:

    What at all have the coach and GFA officials taken from Prince Tagoe? This guy’s performances have been awful from the world cup to date, but he is still in the squad. It’s strange that a player like Quincy would be left out of the squad whilst Prince Tagoe is in. Oh Ghana…. !

    • family man says:

      say it again my bro. i am very sure tagoe has bribed the fa officials and is constantly included in de team despite his abysmal performance. it is unfair olele has been droped from de squad. dis coach better know wat he is duin, he will surely be sacked if we fail to win de cup n i will personally spearhead dat

    • zii says:

      thank you very much.
      Tagoe is just a waste of space on the field, is not a BS material. He doesn’t just fit in with the others,yet he is always been invited. Definitely something is going on under the table.
      we are a democratic country and we will start to boo at him on the field until our message is heard, Tagoe should go ask Richard Kingston……..

    • No Nonesense Man says:

      SINCE WHEN DID U BECOME A NATIONAL TEAM COACH TO DECIDE ON THE MATERIALS NEEDED TO DELIVER ON A JOB? JUST LEAVE THE COACH ALONE GUYS FOR WHAT HE SEES WHEN SLEEPING U GUYS CANNOT SEE WHILST AWAKE. HE IS D COACH AND HAS TAKEN HIS DECISION JUST LET HIM BE. DID U FOLLOW THE EXPLOITS OF PETER CROUCH, NICHOLAS ANELKA,SAMUEL ETOO AND LOTS OF BIG NAMES NOW FOOTBALL IN THEIR EARLY DAYS OF FOOTBALL? IF U HAVE CRITICALLY DONE THAT, U WLD NOT BE MAKING THOSE EMPTY NOISE U ARE MAKING. SO I ADVISE U TO ZIP UR MOUTH AND FOLLOW COACH STEVANOVICS’ SUCCESS STORY

      • I am B says:

        Am 100% agree with nonesense Man.those efeye coachs making BLA-BLA-BLA should keep theire mauth close & lieve d coach in peace 4 the sake Good resoults.More OR less he is our coach,His duty is to make us proud & PROUD AGAIN.

  2. deborah says:

    where is shilla illiasu, owusu abeyie and agogo? ghana will loose all three matches with dis lazy squad i bet u

  3. Tanko says:

    Some would be happy and some would be sad! I don’t care…..I just want us to be at the grand finale and be the CHAMPIONS

  4. Words says:

    So no Quincy n Adomah
    Da Coach should explain why dey re not part.
    As for Tagoe he claims he has a gud work rate in da Team my foot.

  5. Rastaman says:

    I haven’t seen Charles Takyi and Derek Asamoah play, the selected plaayers should justify their inclusion by playing their heart out to ensure Mother Ghana becomes the winner in the end. All the best !

  6. sharky says:

    Jack I’m not happy with the inclusion of especially Jordan Ayew who is still needs to be given time to develop as a player. It is highly unacceptable to exclude Quincy owusu Abeyie from the squad who I think is as good as Aaron Lennon, Shawn wrigh phillips or theo walcot of the EPL. The pace the guy brings to the game is exceptional..He should have been included instead of Jordan or Tagoe….SIMPLE!!!

    • Sane says:

      You guys need to get off the Quincy Owusu Abeyie train. The guy is hands down the best and quickest dribbler I have ever seen. His work rate is also excellent, but he is also very wasteful and does not play to our strengths. The style of football the coach wants (and modern football requires) is a fast forward moving game where passes are swift and no one retains the ball for a long period of time. QOA holds the ball for too long notwithstanding whether other players are in a better position to score goals and simply cannot adjust to the more modern style of play. I would also stop comparing him to Jordan who actually has better statistics by far. This season, Quincy has scored 2 goals while Jordan has scored 3 and has had several assists. Without even considering the caliber of the leagues they play in, you could tell that they have similar stats. Therefore, the coach should be permitted to pick which of the two suits his preferred style. Granted, I think Jordan has to bulk up and become quicker; he gets pushed around a lot. However, I don’t think this makes him less suitable than QOA. If QOA could adapt his style of play a lot, he could certainly be a top notch offensive midfielder and/or striker because of his work ethic, but right now, Jordan is more useful.

    • Hohoho! says:

      @Sharky: We are not worried that you are not happy. Your happiness has nothing to do with the Black Stars, the coach, or Ghana football. We are happy that the coach is happy with what he has got and believes he can make an impact.

      May be you should look into burning the sea if that makes you happy.

  7. why prince again”I think the man have a share god help blackstar

  8. fraze says:

    same o same o, n what is prince Tagoe doing in d squad if d call up is base on current form? He is not better dan adiyiah

  9. THE JUST MAN says:

    WHY QINCY IS OUT AND THIS PRINCE TAGOE IS IN ALTHOUGHT THEY DON’T PLAY SAME ROLE BUT SHOULD HAVE EVICTED THAT PRINCE TAGOE, HE IS NOT BLACK STAR MATERIAL DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM

  10. mower says:

    how many winger do have?apart from Dede which player again.my only problem is why quicy out?coach explain.what sort of tactical formation you want to use.

  11. paul a says:

    i dont think the coach has personally watched emmanuel baffour play.i doubt if the coach is aware as to whether he is left or right footed.the media has forced the coach to make such a husty decision. folk we standand of our local league is nothing to write home abt let alone be happy with with a player who has scored 11 goals in 11 matches. am really sad with the exclusion of adomah and abeyie. these are natural wingers and play better than some of the players mentioned in the squad

  12. major says:

    Tagoe again? he should be out for Quincey to come in.

  13. pino says:

    Wht are u guys saying? Prince tagoe is one of the consistent strikers we. Have apart from Asamoah Gyan, if u are not happy because your favourite player is not in the squad, don’t explode on a player a mention names

  14. O.P says:

    Prince TAGOE shouldnt be included.He is just a waste material.

  15. Kwame asanti says:

    Lts raelly bhd de team

  16. kwame naagbewa says:

    Aaaa GFA Paa. Upon All The Money They Make Look At the Dirty Chipped Old Wood Table Infront of Them in The Picture. P3P33 Paa Nie!

  17. Amponsah says:

    Why do u still include Prince Tagoe aaaaahhhhh whyyyyyy

  18. JnrB says:

    A3m b3ba dabi, lets wait and see

  19. Invicebol says:

    De 23-man squad Kwarasey, sowa, adjei, pansil, inkoom, opare. alhasan, vorsa, lee, mensah, john, anan, derik, dede, sulley, kwadwo, badu, takyi, abu, gyan, ayew, d asamoah, baffour.

  20. Unknown says:

    I’m totally fine with this selection. Maybe Tagoe could’ve been replaced by Quincy, but overall this side should be able to reach for the title. Go Black Stars!

  21. Aguero one says:

    The coach is to take 23 and not 25 players. For sure Tagoe and john Mensah will be out. No mistakes mr coach!

  22. gamel says:

    Eddy Ansah should tell Ghanaians what Sammy Adjei has done to him?can u match the 2 kepers with adjei?for God sake Nations Cup not a friendly trials.E.Ansah God is watching u.

  23. Sammer, 9ja says:

    I hold no grudges with the coach 4 including tagoe. But why Quincy or Adomah missing is beyond me. Some players in the squard are Gfa boys. So they will always make the cut.

  24. abdulahi says:

    Let us accept d coaches decison,dat is a wise choice,if u look at d squad 2 players will be droped,dos players will come 4from d atack and difense,so don’t be suprise p tagoe and lee addy part of afcon

  25. Nas says:

    My only advice to the head coach and the staff of the GFA including Kwesi Nyantakyi himself is that,Jordan is still learning and do not need to be called to play in this part of the tournament. He is still young and has more time in the squad. Why would you drop Abeyie and include the likes of Jordan and Tagoe? It is very stupid that the GFA and the coach doesn’t have the good sense of what we call football. Can you tell me what exactly Jordan has provided in his team or is it because he is playing in a high profile team??? There is no need for you to think about him playing a big team in Europe okay. You really need people like us to give you guys advice. It’s soo stupid of you to do such things. Why at all? The people in GFA are soo stupid to do this. What experience has Jordan got? Tagoe,what at all has he done for the GFA? Is it because of the money he has been given you guys? Think and think again because you are senseless including the coach.Stupid fools who doesn’t know their left and right.

    • homy says:

      I think the squad is ok. Some few ones are concern abt J ayew. I think they need to be matured in their football analysis cos 1 Jordan is younger n has a brighter future than Quincy who is already ageing. 2 Jordan plays in a tougher league than Quincy. 3 Jordan is not wasteful as Quincy. Is not jst abt dribbling but to be productive to the whole team. Quincy is marked with inaccurate passes n I wonder y some have not notice it. Pple talk abt experience, I think they shd ask themselves y Gigs is getting the world bst award instead of messi. They shd THINK

    • king west says:

      Totally agree with you bro. Players should be selected on tanlents no bribes.

  26. Nana (RSA) says:

    I’m comfortable with this squad. Even though, l would have preferred Quincy and Adomah ahead of Sulley Muntari and Tagoe. I think this is pretty good squad. It perfectly suits the coaches attacking style of football with stronger defence. Tactically speaking the coach must think about pushing Tagoe to Midfield and allot Jordan Ayew the striking role. It is high time Tagoe is used as a Midfielder because of his work ethic to supply Gyan, Jordan and Asamoah upfront in a pure 4-3-3 formation.
    All those saying Jordan Ayew lack experience must wait until the end of the Afcon to come again. In Masawudu we have solved our left back Problem. In Gyan, Jordan and Derek, we have hungry strickers being groomed for 2014 and beyond.
    Ivory coast and Senegal, here we come. Are you ready?

  27. pk says:

    why re u guys comparing tagoe 2 quincy, tagoe completely fits in the coaches plan as the arrow head man wid gyan bhind him bcoz of his height. Quincy is a winger nd can nt play tagoes role nd more ova the coach is a serb so u ve 2 understand him…who apt 4rm tagoe has d height 2 fit in2 dis system?

  28. Nii Ronaldo says:

    Olele dropped? Hahaha. If not for anything @ all,the nuggets of advice he’ll give to the junior keepers will go along way to help the team. Going for CAN tourney and u have a veterean who boasts of @ least three CAN tourneys and who hasn’t retired sitting @ home? Pls the coach shd re-think and look @ his squad again.

  29. king west says:

    All I can say is that I lived in england and john pantsill is not a regular in the league he plays in. He is rubbish! As for the coach not selecting quincy and adomah, he must be blind! Sulley doesn’t play regulary! Obroni stop talking bribes! Lol

  30. maka says:

    I have no problem with the squad, except one thing and one person – EDDY ANSAH and the goalkeeping department!

    We must all pray that nothing happens to Kwarasey – whom Eddie Ansah even didnt want until we the fans pushed hard – else, if anything happens to our first choice keeper, we are done! Who shall replace him – Agyei, or Sowah? Those 2 guys are absolutely useless…cos they are no where near SAMMY ADJEI!

    Mark my wordsa, at least for the next 10 years, GHANA can NEVER win the NATIONS CUP! Impossible…cos of people like Eddie Ansah…simply bcos as long as such people are around the black stars, we shall never progress! Let me tell y’all the best hands we have in order:
    1. Kwarasey
    2. Sammy Adjei
    3. R. Kingson
    4. That goalkeeper in Spain (I forget his name)
    5. Ernest Sowah
    6. Daniel Adjei

    That is the order. And i am also afraid we have no natural winger except Andre…but Sulley is also a lil rusty so at least, Adomah/Quincy would have sufficed…but we live to see. Overall I am ok with the players, except Eddie Andah’s personal vendetta or should i sayTHE GFA’s, agaisnt our only reliable number 2 and 3 goal keepers who have been dropped!

    God save Ghana…truth be told – i dont see us win the cup! Hearts would be broken once again…same old same old story! Twiaaa….”amost winners” black stars…yep….”almost winners” every time!

    • No Nonesense Man says:

      WHAT D FUCK ARE U INSINUATING? MASTA, IT IS BETTER U GO BACK TO D CLASS/LECTURE ROOM FOR A GOOD TRAINING ON CRITICAL ANALYSIS BEFORE ANY REASONABLE CONCLUSIONS. SAMMY ADJEI BLEW UP HIS CHANCES WHEN HE QUIT BLACK STARS BCOS OF EMPTY JEALOUSY AND QUINCY IS NOT A TEAM PLAYER, SO WHAT IS WRONG IF A RESULT ORIENTED COACH DECIDES TO GO IN FOR TEAMPLAYER THAN AN INDIVIDUAL MINDED PLAYER

  31. AdiAdi says:

    Maka, I beg ur pardon.

    All the goalkeepers u have listed which of them has won gold for Ghana?

    I beg Daniel Agyei should be atleast 2nd or 3rd in your order. One that brings the nation back on the world map is the most outstanding.
    Kwarasey is good so far, Sammy Adjei blew his chances and hasn’t wont silver nor bronze for Ghana…not to talk of Sowah or any gaolie in Spain. Kingson has served the nation right.

    Check ur points…this squad is the best. Ghana will win.

  32. Dennis Y says:

    what really has Stevanovic seen in the so called “Price of goals” and the inexperienced Lee Addy to opt them for the blackstars instead of clottey and Awal respectively.He should be sacked if fails to win the cup

  33. azaar vanfran azaar says:

    so tagoe dey the squad inside again.he does not fit to be included.well may be he do the coach juju.

  34. SABATO says:

    Maka, u can’t put Sowa ahead of Daniel Agyei.D. Agyei is far better. Are u talking about Abdul Razak? If u really want to win AFCON, u don’t pick bench warmers for your team and leave out Adomah. Oh! my God! If PLAVI is talking about workrate then Adomah should be picked ahead of Tagoe.

  35. SABATO says:

    So who are our wingers for AFCON? No Adomah, no Quincy? Is he going to use Prince Tagoe? God help us.

  36. kindy-blitz nana boadu derickson says:

    oh GH! Wen ar pple goin 2 accept somethin 4rm our coaches.everybodi is blaming da coach 4 nt pickin Abayie, why? Everi ghanaian playa is eligible 2 play 4 da Blak Stars, so if we everione is given da authority 2 select playas, i think we would hv diffnt squad 4rm everibody so let dis in gud fait n see wat hapens A lot of pple ar askin 4 da omision of Prince Tagoe, bt i think dat guy lyk da coach said has a gud wrk rate n besides da coach alwaz plays him out of his position as a winger instead of playhn him upfront so lets pray 4 dem n see.Olele, Yaw Frimpon(kotoko),Sculpp(Leicster city) Sumaila Rashid(Dwarfs) Afful (esparance) Mubarak Wakasu(villareal) adomah(bristol city) and a lot more playas deserved a place or call up but we should knw dat we ar dealing wit a numba of 23.God blz gh!

  37. xmoke says:

    samy adjei won silver at unda 17 in botwana, gold unda 20 ghana 99, gold 2000 w hearts. Gold supa cup 2001. Beta than adjei n sowa. Da coach says he has plans 4 him.

  38. Black Star Supporter says:

    Why is Albert Adomah not in the squad? He was called several times in previous games and now when to go the AFCON he is omitted. He brought another dimesnsion to the team on the right wing. We was more efficient with final ball..such as crosses etc. He also has pace to burn and is playing excellently in the Championship of England. He plays every time for Bristol. What are we going to play both wings with to left midfielders or what? Or is Charles Takyi or a striker going to push for a right wing place? I really think Albert was going to solve and be a mainstay of Right wing. Quincy is also my player and have supported him so much,but he just came back to the team recently and had a feeling they were not going to choose him, even though he has one of the best skills, pace and directness. Both of them should have been in the squad as Quincy can play Striker too.

  39. AA says:

    My only consined is Lee Addy and Prince Tagoe they sucks!Even if I’m forming a third division team Somailia or Kenya I will not bench this two players,hahaha..

  40. king west says:

    Where are the wingers? Can some one answer me this, why haven’t the gfa picked players that play regulary for the clubs? I am confused. I’m sure there are better players out there than pantsill and sulley! Them two don’t even get to warm up the bench for their clubs!

  41. kindy-blitz nana boadu derickson says:

    Abayie out/in, Adomah out/in, Tagoe in/out Muntari in/out, da coach has named his squad n ghana is still ghana so make u shut ur mouth n luk @ da coach.why is everyone crying for Abayie, a player who is jxt a self dribblin playa dan a team playa, he get da ball n take 2 or 3 pple on bt da final delivery is thrown some where.is dis da playa u ar all cryin 4? If u ar talkin about winger den take dis team as my proposed 1st Ix:4-3-2-1/4-5-1 formation,
    kwarasey
    painstil j.mensah vorsah alhassan
    a.badu, d. boateng d.ayew(on da right) k. Asamoah(on da left)
    derik asamoah(behind gyan) a.gyan(main man)

  42. eraso one says:

    Plavi.i respect ur views for including John Boye into ur squad.we are going to rally behind u wid our prayers n strenght.may u expoilt in all ur matches.we wish u all the best

  43. CHRIS says:

    DO WE NEED TO OFFER SOM MONEY BEFORE WE ARE CALL INTO THE NATIONAL TEAM? IF NOT, WHY DO WE LEAVE PLAYERS LIKE RANSFORD AND HARRISON OUT OF THE SQUAD. OH GHANA. GOD HAVE MERCY.

  44. nimash says:

    WHY IS THE OFUNU SO CALLED PRINCE TAGOE IS STILL INCLUDED INTO THE SQUAD I THINK THE COACH SUFFERING FROM AMNESIA

  45. GFA VICE PRESIDENT. says:

    No but you guys are wrong. Adomah and Quincy were dropped simply because they do not have any one in the GFA to back them and also they did not pay the payo so how do you expect the coach to include them? Stupid GFA. Fire burn you and the coach all including your stupid people who gives you the Ideas of selecting players.Who would have thought that Adomah and Qunicy would be dropped?I don’t blame you guys. Can you guys tell me that all the midfielders you selected are going to play all the matches? We live to see. Some of them will be benched until the end of the tournament and yet still,they will be paid for winning bonuses and that is where the GFA people get their share. How much will you big guys do with $2000 even if that is what each player who is suppose to pay payo gives you? What is the benefit? Is it not far better for you guys to include Adomah and Quincy to at least add more colors to the team instead of benching your so called players who will be benched without playing even a single game. You guys should MARK my words here.Let us all monitor the tournament from the beginning to the end and see if some of the players called will not be benched till the end.You guys better drop Tagoe,Jordan and Lee Addy and include Quincy and Adomah instead. What the fuck are you guys doing there in the GFA at all? Don’t you have sense? Oh this bullshit. I even don’t know what to say again. Am soo angry right now.Even David Addy the U-20 left back who won the World Cup is far better than Lee Addy but Lee is always called to this squad as Tagoe does. Why at all? It got to a time that Adiyah was being called ahead of Ransford Osei simply because Ransford was soo stupid to do the jonky work and provided all the necessary balls to Adiyah to score during the U-20 world cup. Where is Ransford now? Did we give him enough time as Adiyah was given? Now,you see your stupidity? Where is Adiyah now? You guys in the GFA will forever be greedy until you die. You think money will take you anywhere? You better watch out this time and see. Fuck yo’s all and your damn family.

  46. king west says:

    GFA vice president. Respect to your comment! So true! All they know is taken bribes. They don’t care about the talents. They have no passion for the game! Sad people. Quincy and adomah will earn more money if they don’t even play in the tournanment!

  47. king cobra says:

    so what has Atsu done to the coach why can he consider him this time i think he is better than jordan so he should come again we beg him

  48. M. Gyesi says:

    i think essien had a deam about what coach Appiah is about to do b4 turning his offer down rather than coming to play in afcon to get injuried all in the name of coach Appiah’s abonkala squard.





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