AFCON 2021: Ghana Land In Cameroon With 25 Players As 3 Players Absent

The Black Stars of Ghana arrived in Cameroon on Saturday, January 8, 2022, with 25 players for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Three players, Mohammed Kudus, Kamaldeen Sulemana, and Philemon Baffour were absent as they were not part of the team that flew from Doha, Qatar to Cameroon due to injuries, Covid-19, and contract issues with clubs.

Ajax attacking midfielder Mohammed Kudus was absent due to injury, as he recently recovered from an injury which has sidelined him for two months.

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Rennes winger Kamaldeen Sulemana on the other hand is reported to have contracted COVID-19 and isolating in the French Ligue 1.

Whilst Dreams FC right-back Philemon Baffour was in Portugal to seal a move to Portuguese side Rio Ave FC, making him missed the team’s pre-tournament camping in Doha, Qatar.

Below is the full Black Stars squad;

GOALKEEPERS: Joseph Wolacott (Swindon Town, England), Abdul Manaf Nurudeen (Eupen, Belgium), Richard Attah (Hearts of Oak), Lawrence Ati Zigi (St. Gallen, Switzerland)

DEFENDERS: Andy Yiadom (Reading FC, England), Baba Abdul Rahman (Reading FC, England), Gideon Mensah (Girondins de Bordeaux, France), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City, England), Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg FC, France), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew, USA), Khalid Abdul Mumin (Vitoria de Guimaraes, Portugal)

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MIDFIELDERS: Baba Iddrissu (Real Mallorca, Spain), Edmund Addo (Sheriff Tiraspol, Moldova), Thomas Teye Partey (Arsenal, England), Mubarak Wakaso (Shenzhen, China), Daniel Kofi Kyere (St. Pauli, Germany), David Abagna (Real Tamale United),

FORWARDS: Abdul Fatawu Issahaku (Dreams FC), Samuel Owusu (Al-Fayha, Saudi Arabia), Dede Ayew (Al Sadd, Qatar), Joseph Paintsil (Genk, Belgium), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace, England), Richmond Boakye Yiadom (Beitar Jerusalem, Israel), Maxwell Abbey Quaye (Great Olympics), Benjamin Tetteh (Malatyaspor, Turkey)

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The 2021 African cup of nations will begin today, Sunday, January 9, as the host nation Cameroon will be opening the tournament against Burkina Faso at 4pm.

Ghana will play their first match against Morocco on tomorrow, Monday, January 10, at 4pm before playing Gabon and Comoros respectively in the group stage.