Otoo, Appiah in Grant’s final 23

KwspBLACK Stars’coach Avram Grant has named his final 23-man squad that will travel to Equatorial Guinea to participate in this month’s Africa Cup of Nations.

The squad, which is dominated by foreign-based players, sees several players named for their maiden appearances in African football’s flagship event.

Youngsters Baba Rahman, Daniel Amartey, Frank Acheampong David Accam and Kwesi Appiah will all be making their first appearances at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Injury to striker Abdul-Majeed Waris means Norway-based attacker Mahatma Otoo has been given a late call-up to join the squad.

England-based defender Jeffrey Schlupp was also excluded from the squad because of an injury that will rule him out of action for about three weeks.

Defender Samuel Inkoom, midfielder Ibrahim Moro and Kwabena Adusei, who were part of the provisional squad were all left out of the final 23-man squad.

The Black Stars will be led at the tournament by captain Asamoah Gyan who joins Andre Ayew, Jonathan Mensah, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu and Mubarak Wakaso will provide the needed exeperience for the tournament in Equatorial Guinea.

The Black Stars have been drawn against Senegal, Algeria and South Africa in Group C.

Goalkeepers: Razak Braimah (Mirandes, Spain), Fatau Dauda (AshGold) and Ernest Sowah (Don Bosco, DR Congo)

Defenders: Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), John Boye (Erciyesspor, Turkey), Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France), Awal Mohammed (Maritzburg, South Africa), Baba Rahman (Augsburg, Germany), Gyimah Edwin (Mpumalanga Black Aces, South Africa), Daniel Amartey, (FC Copenhagen, Denmark)

Midfielders: Rabiu Mohammed (Krasnodar, Russia), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Parma, Italy), Solomon Asante (T.P. Mazembe, DR Congo), Christian Atsu (Everton, England), Mubarak Wakaso (Celtic, Scotland), Andre Ayew (Olympique Marseille, France), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium), David Accam (Chicago Fire, USA)

Strikers: Jordan Ayew (Lorient, France), Mahatma Otoo (Songdal, Norway) Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE), Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United, England).

Meanwhile, Grant has won his first game in charge last Wednesday when the Black Stars beat Portuguese second-tier Olhanense 3-0.

The match, which was a pre-Nations Cup friendly, was played at the Algave stadium in Portugal.

Grant handed debutants striker Kwesi Appiah and Ibrahim Moro starting roles in what looks like a weakened side.

The Black Stars managed to open a 2-0 lead before the Israeli replaced the entire squad by bringing on the team’s regulars.

Striker Jordan Ayew added the third goal to complete the easy win.

Three players- Kwabena Edusei, Razak Brimah and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu were not used in the friendly

Appiah is howeverreveling in the special moment of getting his name on the scoresheet in just his first game for Ghana.

“Buzzing to have scored on my international debut for @ghanafaofficial very proud moment,” the youngster Tweeted moments after the game.

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