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14.11.2013 Sports News

Ghana's hopes of Wafu success begins

By Ghana FA
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For members of the home-based national team, the handwork needed to win next week's GoTV Wafu Cup begins on Thursday when they return to training.

Twenty-six players will be pushing for places in the final team as Ghana hosts the sub-regional tournament reserved for only home-based players of member nations.

The team will resume training in Obuasi today ahead of the start of the tournament in Kumasi from November 21-28.

The squad, all drawn from Premier League sides will be working with assistant coach Dauda Lutterodt in the absence of Maxwell Konadu, who is away with the senior team, the Black Stars.

And three of the players called up, Emmanuel Asante, Godfred Saka and Samuel Yeboah contributed four goals between them in Wednesday's Premier League games for Bechem, Aduana and Heart of Lions in that order.

That will certainly be a big boost for Lutterodt while he will be pleased with the minutes bagged by all his players, who have remained very active in the league.

Ghana will be aiming to dethrone reigning champions, Togo but must first qualfy from Group A where they are paired with Sierra Leone, Benin and Burkina Faso.

Togo, who have the chance to defend their title start in Group B with competition from Niger, Senegal and Gabon.

Winners of the two groups will progress to the final while the second placed team in each group will vie for third position.

Ghana's called up players:
Goalkeepers: Stephen Adams (Aduana) Foli Adade (Medeama) and Isaac Amoako (Asante Kotoko)

Defenders: Godfred Saka (Aduana) Francis Morton (Dwarfs) Tijani Joshua (AshantiGold) Kwabena Adusei and Abeiku Ainooson (Asante Kotoko) Emmanuel Asante (Bechem) Nuru Sulley (Hearts of Oak) Alfred Nelson (Liberty)

Midfielders: Moro Abubakar (Hearts of Oak) Asiedu Attobrah (Edubiase) Latif Mohammed and Francis Adjei (AshantiGold) Jordan Opoku, Michael Akuffu and Richard Mpong (Asante Kotoko) Edmund Owusu Ansah (Heart of Lions) Abdul Basit and Jackson Owusu (Berekum Chelsea)

Attackers: Yahaya Mohammed (Asante Kotoko) Richard Gadze (Dwarfs) Sulley Mohammed (King Faisal) Theophilus Annorbaah (Medeama) and Samuel Yeboah (Heart of Lions)

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