Yahaya Mohammed is the biggest surprise inclusion in Ghana’s squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Amidaus Professionals captain gets the nod in the striking department despite being renowned as a midfielder.
He was selected ahead of Olympique Marseille’s Jordan Ayew and Abdul Majeed Waris who emerged the top scorer in the just ended Swedish league.
The 24-year-old Asante Kotoko loanee has scored nine goals after 10 matches in the Ghana top- flight.
Ghana coach Kwasi Appiah also gave a chance to Berekum Chelsea’s duo of Richard Kissi-Boateng and Solomon Asante.
There was also no place in the squad for in-form left-back David Addy while as expected, Sulley Muntari and John Mensah missed out.
The team will begin a non-residential camping early January before traveling to Abu Dhabi for the intensive camp.
The Black Stars will play Egypt and Tunisia in friendly matches on the 10th and 13th January respectively before three players are dropped from the side to make the final squad.
Ghana is drawn in Group B alongside DR Congo, Mali and Niger and will be based in Port Elizabeth.
Ghana’s provisional 2013 AFCON squad:
Goalkeepers: Adam Kwarasey, Fatau Dauda and Daniel Agyei.
Defenders: John Paintsil, Richard Kissi-Boateng, John Boye, Isaac Vorsah, Rashid Sumaila, Jerry Akaminko and Awal Mohammed.
Midfielders: Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Anthony Annan, Mubarak Wakaso, Albert Adomah, Kwadwo Asamoah, Christian Atsu, Andre Ayew and Rabiu Mohammed.
Strikers: Asamoah Gyan, Richmond Boakye-Yiadom, Emmanuel Clottey and Yahaya Mohammed.