Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac has announced his provisional squad for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations [Afcon].
The Serbian gaffer named his squad for the 33rd edition of Africa’s prestigious tournament on Tuesday at the headquarters of the Ghana Football Association [GFA].
The squad is mainly dominated by European players but five Ghana Premier League players were named in the squad.
Richard Attah of Hearts of Oak, Philemon Baffour and Abdul Fatawu Issahaku all of Dreams FC, David Abagna of RTU and Maxwell Abbey Quaye of Great Olympics made the cut.
The local contingent will travel to Doha on Wednesday where they will team up with the rest of the invited players
The Black Stars will open camp on Wednesday, December 23, 2021, to begin preparations for the tournament. The four-time Africa champions will open camp in Doha, Qatar.
The team will be in Doha for a period of three weeks to prepare for the tournament scheduled for Cameroon from January 9 to February 6, 2022.
The Black Stars will play three international friendly matches in Qatar to give Coach Milovan Rajevac the opportunity to assess his squad for the Tournament.
Ghana is expected to play a yet-to-be-named club side on Tuesday, December 28, before taking on one of the Africa Cup of Nations qualified teams on Friday, January 1, 2022, in another friendly.
The team will wrap up their test matches against African Champions Algeria on Wednesday, January 5, 2022.
Ghana is in Group C alongside Morocco, Gabon and Comoros
Black Stars will depart Doha for Yaoundé on Friday, January 7, three days before their opening match against Morocco.
After Morocco, Rajevac’s side will take on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Gabon and then wrap up their group stage campaign against debutants Comoros.
Below is the full squad:
Social media erupted when Ghana’s head coach, Milovan Rajevac, named his 30-man provisional squad for the 2021 Afcon.
Despite the inclusion of five home-based players, the squad has attracted mixed reactions from Ghanaians.
Richard Attah – Hearts of Oak
Philemon Baffour – Dreams FC
David Abagna – RTU
Abdul Fatau Issahaku – Dreams FC
Maxwell Abbey Quaye – Great Olympics
Five local players named in Black Stars provisional squad for the 2021 Afcon
— Ekow Amoasi Is My Name (@amoasi_ekow) December 21, 2021
No Alfred Duncan, no surprise there. Philemon Baffour makes it, no surprise there either. Joseph Aidoo dropped, painful. Abdul Mumin in, deserves a chance. No Frank Acheampong, deserves a shout. Overall, decent squad. What do you think? #Citisports pic.twitter.com/EY46WnQJAx
— Fentuo Tahiru Fentuo (@Fentuo_) December 21, 2021
Milo says no one interfered in his selection and we believe him 😆
— Felix Romark (@FelixRomark) December 21, 2021