AFCON 2019: Can Appiah’s squad do it for Gyan

By Brian Aheebwa

Without a doubt Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan will be playing at his last Nations Cup when the 2019 edition starts in Egypt on June 21st, the big question though is if he can add that medal to his collections.

The Kayserispor striker in Turkey was one of the four strikers that Ghana head coached named in his final 23 man squad alongside Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace, England), Caleb Ekuban (Trabzonspor, Turkey and Kwabena Owusu (Leganes, Spain).

Ghana last won the AFCON in 1982 but have not finished outside the top four since 2008 when they last hosted it.

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Andre Ayew will fully take over as Black Stars captain after the retirement of Asamoah Gyan / Courtesy Photo

During that time, Gyan has also managed to reach some individual feats, he is the country’s all-time goal scorer on 51 goals, and he has also collected 106 caps.

Earlier on, the Ghanaian camp was hit by controversy when Gyan retired from International football after losing the armband to Andre Ayew only to return at the request of the country’s President Nana Akufo-Addo.

Gyan will be one of the 22 foreign based players, Asante Kotoko’s custodian Felix Annan is the only home based player to have made the cut.

The four times African Champions have been camping in Dubai for one week for the continued preparation prior to the tournament in Egypt where they are pooled in Group F alongside Cameroon, Guinea Bissau and Benin.

And they are expected to arrive in Egypt on June 20 ahead of their campaign opener against Benin on June 25 at the Ismailia Stadium.

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Ghana president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (L), Asamoah Gyan (M) and Andre Ayew (L) in a brief chat while the Black Stars were in camp / Courtesy Photo

After losing their first build up game to Namibia on Sunday, the 2015 AFCON runners up will play their last buildup game against South Africa before jetting to Egypt for the main event.

Ghana’s 23 man squad

Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United, South Africa, Lawrence Ati- Zigi (Sochaux, Montbeliard, France), and Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko, Ghana)

Defenders: Andy Yiadom (Reading, England), Abdul Baba Rahman (Reims, France), Lumor Agbenyenu (Goztepe A.S, Turkey), Kassim Nuhu, (Hoffenheim, Germany,) John Boye ( Metz France), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew SC, USA), Joseph Aidoo (Genk, Belgium), Joseph Attamah (Basaksehir, Turkey)

Midfielders: Mubarak Wakaso (Deportivo Alaves, Spain), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Kwadwo Asamoah (Internazionale, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Empoli, Italy), Andre Ayew ( Fenerbache, Turkey), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Samuel Owusu (Cukaricki, Serbia), Thomas Agyepong (Hibernian, Scotland)

Attackers: Asamoah Gyan (Kayserispor, Turkey), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace, England), Caleb Ekuban (Trabzonspor, Turkey and Kwabena Owusu (Leganes, Spain)

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