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Ghana unveil squad for Afcon 2019 May 20

Black Stars coach James Kwesi Appiah will name a 30-man squad on Monday, May 20, to prepare for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), to be held in Egypt next month.

The list is expected to include a few surprises as well as some local components.

The squad would be pruned down to 23 for the final tournament in Egypt after preliminary preparations.

The team is expected to begin residential camping ahead of the tournament on June 1, in Dubai after which the final squad would be named.

This was disclosed by Ibrahim Tanko, Deputy coach of the Black Stars in an interview with the GNA Sports.

“We should expect a team that should help us achieve our goal at the AFCON. There is going to be one or two surprises in the team. We will have two friendly matches, one confirmed but the other is yet to be confirmed,” he said.

A provisional squad is expected to be unveiled in May, with the final team to be named in June.

“I should say I know about 98 per cent of the players [who will be going to the Afcon],” Appiah told Asempa FM.

“We keep monitoring players because, along the line, there might be injuries and sicknesses.

“All that we’re praying for is that our players are all fully fit with no injuries because as I speak, Harrison [Afful] has a broken jaw.

“[There are] some few other players I know have problems [in the form of] small injuries.”

In addition to US-based Afful, Ghana currently have injury concerns over Leicester City utility man Daniel Amartey, Crystal Palace ace Jeffrey Schlupp and captain Asamoah Gyan, who has curiously missed the Black Stars’ last 10 games.

For the June 21-July 19 Afcon, Appiah’s outfit has been drawn in Group F which also contains five-time champions and cup holders Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau.

Ghana is paired with defending champions Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau in Group F for the three-week tourney.

The black star would be based in Ismalia where they would play two matches and move to Suez for their final group game.

Source: GNA

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