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Coach Kwesi Appiah is moving away from the tradition of naming a 25-man squad for camping of which two players will be dropped

Ghana will name a 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in mid-December, according to the state-owned GNA.

The report said sources close to the technical team of the Black Stars have revealed, coach Kwesi Appiah is moving away from the tradition of naming a 25-man squad for camping of which two players will be dropped.

The mid-December list will camp in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates early January ahead of the continental showpiece.

“Calling up 25 players has often been the norm but this time, there is a decision to stick to the 23 that will make it to the tournament,” a source told the national newswire.

“With the camping starting on January 5, and Caf deadline for submission of squad lists fixed for four days later, it is important to save the two players that will be dropped a further emotional stress since they will be in camp for only four days or less,” said the source.

The source revealed that the squad could see a blend of local and foreign players as coach Appiah look to give meaning to his believe in players in the Ghana Premier League.

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