Afcon 2021 qualifiers: Ghana name provisional squad for South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe showdown 

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Ghana coach CK Akonnor has called up 32 players to begin camping for next month's 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe.

All members of the squad announced on the GFA official website ply their trade in Ghana.

The team will be augmented with foreign-based players ahead of the March 22 and 30 fixtures.

Ghana Premier League leaders Asante Kotoko contribute six players to the roster, the men including goalkeeper Razak Abalora and leading scorer Kwame Opoku.

Hearts of Oak's Mohammed Alhassan has also been invited as has Medeama's Justice Blay.

Three players from the lower tier have also been called up. They are Evans Etti (Accra Lions FC), Andy Kumi Francis (Unistar Academy) and Welbeck Takyi (Tano Bofoakwa).

According to Akonnor, the training camp is a contingency plan, considering the likelihood of foreign-based players - who largely make up the main team - being denied release by their clubs for the upcoming games on coronavirus-related grounds.

"This is not the first time a national team coach is inviting home-based players. For us, it has become necessary to do this because of the challenges we faced before the Ghana versus Sudan match when players were not able to come because of Covid-19 issues. coach Akonnor said, as reported by the GFA's official website.

"We made some late call ups but travelling restrictions and quarantine issues made things difficult for us.  So, management and the technical team thought it wise to do this by inviting a chunk of home players to move to camp to prepare for the games.

"We believe that once the time gets closer, we will look at the foreign players who are doing well and without issues of COVID-19 to join the players. With all this at stake, we (myself and the rest of the technical team) have been able to go around to look into what is going on with our clubs and I must commend our coaches for a good job done.

"The players have done so well and we believe that those we have selected are the best in the country. Hopefully when the foreign guys are able to come and join them, we will have a solid team to play South Africa and Sao Tome."

Ghana are top of Group C ahead of the last round of group matches.


Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Joseph Addo (Aduana Stars), Razak Abalora (Asante Kotoko), Bawa Lord Martey (Elmina Sharks), Eric Ofori Antwi (Medeama SC)

Central Defenders: Haruna Jamal Deen (Great Olympics), Yussif Mubarik (Asante Kotoko), Ganiyu Ismail (Asante Kotoko), Konadu Yiadom (WAFA), Mohammed Alhassan (Hearts of Oak)

Full-backs: Amoako Kwadwo (AshantiGold SC), Christopher Nettey (Asante Kotoko), Ibrahim Moro (Asante Kotoko), Dennis Korsah Akoumah (Ebusua Dwarfs)

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Defensive Midfielders: Justice Blay (Medeama SC), Rashid Nortey (Medeama SC), Salifu Moro (Bechem United), Gladson Awako (Great Olympics), Michael Otou (Great Olympics), George Asamoah (Ebusua Dwarfs), Ben Acquah (Ebusua Dwarfs)

Attacking Midfielders: Yaw Annor (AshantiGold SC), Salifu Ibrahim (Techiman Eleven Wonders), Maxwell Abbey (Great Olympics), Augustine Boakye (WAFA), Michael Agbekornu (Dreams FC)

Strikers: Kwame Pepprah (King Faisal), Diawusie Taylor (Karela United FC), Kwame Opoku (Asante Kotoko), Joseph Esso (Dreams FC), Evans Etti (Accra Lions FC), Andy Kumi Francis (Unistar Academy), Welbeck Takyi (Tano Bofoakwa)