5 Local players make Black Stars’ 30-man provisional squad for 2022 AFCON

BY: Kwame Larweh

Ghana Coach, Milovan Rajevac, has named a 30-man provisional squad for the 2022 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, including five home-based players.

The much-awaited list was announced on Tuesday at a press conference held at the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Headquarters in Accra.

The local players comprise goalkeeper Richard Attah, Philemon Baffour, David Abagna, Abdul Fatawu Issahaku and Maxwell Abbey Quaye.

Coach Rajevac also handed call-ups to four debutantes namely: Khalid Abdul Mumin of Vitoria de Guimaraes of Portugal and Salis Abdul Samed from French Ligue 1 side, Clermont Foot.  

Also in the squad is Arsenal stalwart Thomas Teye Patey who missed last month’s World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia and South Africa due to injury. The midfielder has since returned to full fitness and featured regularly for Arsenal in the Premier League.

Belgium-based winger Joseph Painstil has also been invited by the Serbian for the biennial tournament in Cameroon.

The Black Stars will begin a 17-day training camp in Doha, Qatar, on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 in preparation for the Africa Cup of Nations which kicks off on Sunday, January 9, 2022.

The Black Stars will play three friendly matches while in Qatar before flying to Cameroon for the tournament.
The GFA disclosed that it had already concluded talks for an international friendly with African champions, Algeria, while engagements are ongoing for two additional matches.
Coach Rajevac also disclosed that a mandatory 28-man squad will be sent to CAF at the end of this month.

Full Squad:  

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

Defenders: Andy Yiadom (Reading FC), Philemon Baffuor (Dreams FC), Baba Abdul Rahman (Reading FC), Gideon Mensah (Girondins Bordeaux), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City), Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg FC), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew), Khalid Abdul Mumin (Vitoria de Guimaraes)

Midfielders: Baba Iddrissu (Real Mallorca), Edmund Addo (Sherif Tiraspol), Thomas Teye Partey (Arsenal FC), Mubarak Wakaso (Shenzhen FC), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax Amsterdam), Daniel Kofi Kyere (St. Pauli), David Abagna (Real Tamale United), Salis Abdul Samed (Clermont Foot)

Wingers: Abdul Fatawu Issahaku (Dreams FC), Samuel Owusu (Al-Fayha), Kamal Deen Suleymana (Rennes FC), Dede Ayew (Al Sadd SC), Joseph Paintsil (Genk)

Strikers: Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace), Richmond Boakye Yiadom (Beitar Jerusalem), Maxwell Abbey Quaye (Great Olympics), Felix Afena Gyan (AS Roma), Benjamin Tetteh (Malatyaspor)