The former striker believes there are too many central defenders in the squad and the coach could have reduced their number to add to the attackers
The exclusion of the 20-year-old has been condemned by some football fans considering his impressive form for Olympique Marseille this season where he was voted their best player for the month of November.
Ahinful believes Ayew would have given Appiah more attacking options.
“I wish Jordan Ayew was part of the squad,” the former Ghana international told Goal.com Ghana.
“If you look at our previous tournament in Equatorial Guinea at a point Jordan was the only player who was taking on players in that tournament and I felt he would have been an option with the team attacking.”
Ahinful believes the six central defenders in Appiah’s 26-man provisional squad could have been reduced to augment the forward.
“The central defenders are too many,” he said. “I would have preferred more options in attack than what we have, but overall I think the best way to defend is to defend and defend well and with some of our key defenders coming back from injuries I think we just have to hope the players selected will do well to win us the trophy.”