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Ghana's final CHAN squad out - Hearts star Moro axed, Kotoko dominates

Posted On Thursday, 2nd January 2014
Hearts of Oak star midfielder Moro Abubakar is among the four players dropped from a Kotoko-dominated Ghana final 23-man squad for this month's Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament in South Africa.

Moro Abubakar has been axed from Ghana’s final squad for the CHAN

Hearts of Oak star midfielder Moro Abubakar is among the four players dropped from a Kotoko-dominated Ghana final 23-man squad for this month’s Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament in South Africa.

The three other players who were also axed from Ghana’s team for the tournament for home-based players are Heart of Lions experienced midfielder Edmund Owusu Ansah, Ebusua Dwarfs striker Richard Gadze and Wa All Stars defender Joshua Otoo.

The squad is dominated by players from Ghana title holders and league leaders Asante Kotoko who provide eight players to the final squad including their central defensive pair of Kwabena Adusei and Abeiku Ainooson.

FA Cup winners Medeama have three players in the squad including their goalkeeper Foli Adade who had has some experience with the senior national team the Black Stars.

Two players each were selected from New Edubiase and AshantiGold while Hearts of Oak, Liberty Professionals, Wa All Stars, Dwarfs, Berekum Chelsea, New Edubiase, King Faisal and Hasaacas all have one player each in the squad.

Coach Maxwell Konadu had to take the difficult decision of excluding these top players from his final squad because of the tough competition in the team but it was expected that Kotoko player will dominate the squad as they have shown to have the best players in the local over the past two years.

The biggest beneficiary of the tough squad named by the coach is impressive Kotoko striker Seidu Bancey who got a late call-up to the team after missing November’s GOtv WAFU Cup title success because of injury.

Since returning from the setback Bancey has maintained his form and impressed the coach which resulted in the decision to include him in the final squad.

Konadu, who released his team for the tournament on New Year’s day, kept faith with three top scorers from the Premier League as Bancey, Sulley Mohammed and Samuel Afful all make the squad.

The home-based national team are based in Windhoek, Namibia for their pre-competition preparations.

Ghana are paired in Group C with Libya, Ethiopia and Congo for the tournament reserved for only home-based players of member nations.

The 16-nation tournament will kick-off on 11 January and finish on 1 February 2014.

Final squad

Goalkeepers: Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars) Foli Adade (Medeama) Isaac Amoako (Asante Kotoko)

Defenders: Godfred Saka (Aduana Stars), Tijani Joshua (AshantiGold) Francis Morton (Ebusua Dwarfs) Kwabena Adusei and Abeiku Ainooson (Asante Kotoko) Nuru Sulley (Hearts of Oak) Alfred Nelson (Liberty Professionals)

Midfielders: Michael Akuffo, Jordan Opoku, Richard Mpong and Yahaya Mohammed (Asante Kotoko) Jackson Owusu (Berekum Chelsea) Theophilus Anobaah (Medeama) Aseidu Attorbrah (New Edubiase) Latif Mohammed (AshantiGold)

Strikers: Sulley Mohammed (King Faisal) Kennedy Boateng (Medeama) Paul De-Vries Asare (Wa All Stars) Samuel Afful (Hasaacas) Seidu Bancey (Asante Kotoko)

Are you satisfied with the final squad named by coach Maxwell? Do you think there are some players who should have been called or do no merit to be in the team? Do you think this squad can help Ghana win the title? Make your views known in the box below:

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. banger says:

    ITS SOO SAD HOW THIS IDIOTIC COACH ALWAYS PARTIAL.HE MOSTLY GOES FOR ASHANTIES.NOW I DEFINITELY BELIEVE
    WHAT COACH DUNKIN SAID BOUT THESE IDIOTIC COACHES.

    • Kofi says:

      I am not surprise at your comment because anybody who thinks he can only be heard by posting insulting comments has problem with self esteem. Your problem is not the coach but Asantes. Your hatred for a tribe will not help you in any way. You can criticize the coach without insulting or attacking a particular tribe. we all need to come together build Ghana and for that matter Ghana football.

  2. real Sabacious says:

    And when Duncan complained about it, some mofos were calling for his head! Both past and present Kotoko players are given special preference irrespective of their form in the national team . talking of rusty out of form inkoom, average Afful, sumaila, Awal getting invite ahead tried and tested players like David addy, Akaminko, Nana Akwasi just to mention a few. NO that the Serbia and TP Mazembe influence in players invitation is not that strong unlike before. I thought this bullshit will be the thing of the past. Shame! !

    • Carbonite says:

      You are the bigger shame! Where were you when Jones Attuquayefio used all 11 players of Accra Hearts of Oak to represent Ghana? People like you are parochial self-centered individuals who know very little because you refuse to learn and clamor on your little knowledge and logic to make baseless childish analysis.

      • Nii OTOKUNOR says:

        And you are a bigger fool,what do you think was the reason Jones used the entire hearts of oak team to represent Ghana?.

        • Kofi says:

          Hahahahaha Ghana is really divided. And i am very certain this country is leading to destruction if something is not done immediately. Cant we have healthy discuss without bringing in tribalism!!!!!

        • Carbonite says:

          Another nincompoop, JSS graduate! Jones used hearts because hearts were in-form! the same reason Maxwell’s team is dominated by Kotoko players!

          You obviously expect me to write everything for you do understand huh? If you can’t reason to deduce keep shut! idiot!!

  3. Tano says:

    they won’t get any where.You see

  4. marktonto says:

    I remember the days when the whole Black Stars team was made Hearts Of Oak players.

  5. Ghanaman says:

    Who cares? As long as we win. I am sure they selected the best. Hearts of Oak sucks right now… When was the last time they won a title??

  6. sage ike says:

    ghana will lose all our matches in de group

  7. king says:

    Ah ba. How many kotoko players are in de squard. Is only 4. Can some1 tel me hw they are dominating

  8. real Sabacious says:

    @carbonite ppl like you only come here to comment bcos they’ve access to internet with the help of China phone.comparing the Hearts of oak team that represent Ghana shows how fickle minded you’re.This was a team that conquered Africa and won super and champion league respectively. Jacob narttey, osei kuffour, Copson, charles Allotey, Emmanuel Tetteh, ismael Addo, sammy Adjei, Agja Tetteh, Amankwa Mireku and Agyeman Duah were all far better than inkoom, opare, Afful, badu, awal, warris, Rabiu, rashid samaila and most of the players currently playing with the stars. I’m hearts of oak fan but national interest comes first. It’s getting very frustrating by the way things are going now when it comes to players selection or appointment of national team coaches.

  9. patrick says:

    Hearts is rufusing to spend on quality players buying players from lower division always. How can they get call up or they should be called just because is hearts. Someone should just tell me hearts biggest signings in the past three years

  10. mania says:

    i don’t see any quality player in the entire hearts team

  11. mania says:

    no hearts player currently can command a starting role in kotoko, let a lone chan squad

  12. Fifa One says:

    Why is it that certain people don’t reason before they talk? what is tribalism got to do with national team selection huh? is Kotoko only for Ashanties? who told you people who are refusing to reason that all the players playing for kotoko are Ashanties? Is Seidu Bancey, Yahaya Mohammed are Ashanties? Abeiku Ainooson is a fante guy, Richard Mpong is an Akyem guy so what is this point of tribalism?. Please make constructive criticisms and stop commenting in this forum as children

  13. Eric, Buokrom, K'si. says:

    Kwabena Adusei is the only Ashanti in so far as Kotoko’s players are concern. Kotoko’s players are there because they are the best in the Country right now.





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