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Afcon 2023Q: Otto Addo prunes squad as 25 Stars travel for CAR clash

Black Stars coach, Otto Addo has settled on twenty (25) players for the trip to face Central African Republic (CAR) in their second game in Group E of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying scheduled for Sunday, June 5.

The Ghana senior national team contingent is Angola-bound on a chartered ASKY Airlines flight for the game which will be played from 13:00 GMT at Estádio 11 de Novembro.

A breakdown of the squad sees three goalkeepers seven defenders, six midfielders and nine attackers/wingers making the trip.

Ghana Premier League trio of Daniel Afriyie Barnieh, Augustine Okrah and Dennis Korsah – who was only given a late call and trained with the team on Thursday – did not make the cut.

Same fate for goalkeeper Richard Ofori and right-back Andy Yiadom who joined camp late.

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Celta Vigo centre-back Joseph Aidoo is still ruled out after twisting his right ankle earlier in training.

The GFA in its announcement went mum on the absence of attackers Yaw Yeboah, Braydon Manu and Antoine Semenyo who had his international debut with a cameo appearance in Wednesday’s 3-0 victory over Madagascar at Cape Coast.

In an earlier publication, the GFA noted that VfL Bochum winger Christopher Antwi-Adjei will be joining up with the squad in Japan for the Kirin Cup Soccer tournament where Ghana will be facing hosts Japan in Kobe on June 10 and Chile or Tunisia in the final or third-place play-off in Osaka four days later.

The Black Stars will be looking to record yet another win in Sunday’s game against CAR in order to continue their grip on top spot in Group E of the Afcon 2023 qualifiers.

Black Stars travelling squad:

Goalkeepers (3): Joseph Wollacott, Lawrence Ati-Zigi, Manaf Nurudeen

Defenders (7): Alidu Seidu, Denis Odoi, Gideon Mensah, Baba Abdul Rahman, Abdul Mumin, Daniel Amartey, Jonathan Mensah

Midfielders (6): Idrissu Baba, Edmund Addo, Elisha Owusu, Mohammed Kudus, Daniel Kofi Kyereh, Mubarak Wakaso

Wingers/Attackers (9): Andre Ayew, Joseph Painstil, Jordan Ayew, Kamaldeen Sulemana, Abdul Fatawu Issahaku, Osman Bukari, Felix Afena-Gyan, Kwasi Okyere Wriedt, Benjamin Tetteh



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