Boye axed from AFCON squad

Experienced defender John Boye is conspicuously missing in a leaked Black Stars provisional Squad for the Nations Cup in Egypt, according to a Ghanasoccernet report.

The defender, who is coming off an amazing season with French side FC Metz, was not included in the squad which will begin camping for the Nations Cup in Dubai next month.

The squad however has some new players including Hearts of Oak defender Mohammed Alhassan, who has been a rock in the Phobians set up in the NC Special Competition.

Samuel Owusu of Serbian side Cuciriaki, Musah Nuhu of Saint Gallen and Razak Abalora are the new names in the squad.

Kwesi Appiah is yet to formally announce his squad, including the new captain of the Black Stars following the retirement of Asamoah Gyan.

Ghana is in group F of the Nations Cup alongside defending champions Cameroon, Guinea Bissau and Benin.

The Black Stars travel to Egypt with the objective of ending Ghana’s 37-year wait for an AFCON title.

Below is the squad:

GOALKEEPERS: Richard Ofori, Lawrence Ati Zigi, Felix Annan Razak Abalora.

DEFENDERS: Andy Yiadom, Harrison Afful, Lumor Agbeyenu, Baba Rahman, Mohammed Alhassan, Kasim Nuhu, Musah Nuhu, Joe Aidoo and Jonathan Mensah.

MIDFIELDERS: Thomas Partey, Kwadwo Asamoah, Andre Ayew, Ebenezer Ofori, Afriyie Acquah, Wakasu Mubarak, Thomas Agyapong, Samuel Owusu, Christian Atsu and Yaw Yeboah.

STRIKERS: Emmanuel Boateng, Jordan Ayew, Caleb Ekuban, Kwabena Owusu and Abdul Majeed Waris.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey is set to be named the deputy captain of the Black Stars following the retirement of Asamoah Gyan. 

Gyan announced his retirement from the Black Stars on Monday after he was told by Coach Kwesi Appiah that another player will be the captain at the Nations Cup.

The absence of Gyan in Egypt means Andre Ayew will be the next captain of the team, since he has been the deputy to the Kayserispor attacker in the last seven years.

Partey has been made captain in the absence of both players in recent times, and he is expected to be made the assistant to Andre at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.


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