Seven Black Stars players to make debut AFCON appearance
Jan 05, 2017 at 12:01pm
WA All Stars Goalkeeper Richard Ofori, England-based Andy Yiadom, Ebenezer Ofori of AIK Stockholm, Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey , Samuel Tetteh and youngster Bernard Tekpetey will all be making their maiden appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations.
The seven players were included in Coach Avram Grant’s 23-man squad for the competition in Gabon.
The players justified themselves in the team’s training exercise.
Ofori, reigning best goalkeeper in Ghana made the list after helping WA All Stars to win the Ghana Premier League last season.
Andy Yiadom who plays for English Club Barnsley caught the eyes of Avram Grant with his decent performance in the English Championship.
Ebenezer Ofori who represented Ghana’s U20 team at the 2013 FIFA World Youth Championship in New Zealand was named the best midfielder in the Swedish top-flight last season.
After making just three appearances for German Club Schalke O4, 19-year-old Bernard Tekpetey was handed a place in the final squad by the Israeli trainer.
Samuel Tetteh has been one of the budding talents in the Black Stars team since making his debut hence making the cut for the competition in Gabon.
Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey cemented a place in the team after his impressive display in Ghana’s 2-0 defeat to Egypt in a World Cup qualifier.
Coach Avram Grant and his team will leave their camping base in Dubai on Friday.