Le Roy Names 40
Nine local players including Eric Bekoe of Kotoko and Daniel Opare are part of the 40-man squad Claude Le Roy has named for Ghana's pre-African Cup of Nations training camp scheduled for the United Arab Emirates next month.
The Black Stars would begin preparations for Ghana 2008 with a training camp on January 5 in Dubai as Le Roy searches for his final 23 for the competition before the January 10 deadline for teams to announce their squads.
Below is the list of players that have been invited to camp.
Richard Kingson (Birmingham City), Sammy Adjei (Ashdod, Israel), Fatau Dauda (Ashantigold), Laud Quartey (Hearts of Oak) and Isaac Amoako (Asante Kotoko).
John Paintsil (West Ham), Dan Opare (Ashantigold), Hans Adu Sarpei (Bayern Leverkusen), Nana Kwasi Asare (FC Mechelon, Belgium), John Mensah (Rennes, France), Alhassan Illiasu (FC Saturn, Russia), Francis Dickoh (FC Utretcht, Holland), Kofi Amponsah (Appollon Kalamarias, Greece), Afful Harrison (Asante Kotoko), Daniel Addo (Kessben FC)
Anthony Annan (I.K. Start, Norway), Eric Addo (PSV Eindhoven), Kwadwo Asamoah (Liberty Professionals), Michael Essien (Chelsea), Bennard Kumodzi (Panionios FC, Greece), Laryea Kingston (Hearts, Scotland), Haminu Draman (Locomotiv Moscow), Moussa Narry (Etoile du Sahel, Tunisia), Stephen Appiah (Fenerbahce, Turkey), Sulley Muntari (Portsmouth), Andre Ayew (Marseille), Ahmed Barruso (AS Roma), Hamza Mohammed (FC Ceahlaul, Romania), Rabiu Mohammed (Liberty Professionals), Michael Helegbe (FC Guingamp, France)
Matthew Amoah (NAC Breda, Holland), Asamoah Gyan (Udinese), Baffuor Gyan (FC Saturn), Junior Agogo (Nottingham Forest), Quincy Owusu-Abeyie (Celta Vigo, Spain), Nafiu Iddrisu (Asec, Ivory Coast), Eric Bekoe (Asante Kotoko), Joe Tex Frimpong (Young Boys, Switzerland), Chris Dickson (Gillingham, England), Sadat Bukari (Etoile du Sahel).
Ghana are in Group A, together with Namibia, Guinea and Morocco. The top two sides qualify from the group into the next round of the competition.
The Black Stars would kick off the finals on January 20 at the Ohene Djan Stadium in the capital, Accra against Guinea.