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11.11.2014 Cup of Nations

Europe-based Ghana players storm Accra ahead of Uganda, Togo AFCON qualifiers

Europe-based Ghana players storm Accra ahead of Uganda, Togo AFCON qualifiers
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Europe-based Ghana players headlined by Marseille star Andre Ayew arrived in the country on Monday night making it 20 players in camp for next week's AFCON qualifiers.

Three players are expected to join the camp by Tuesday night for coach Maxwell Konadu to have the full compliments of his squad for qualifiers against Uganda and Togo.

Andre Ayew, who plays for French giants Marseille, arrived together with his brother Jordan on a KLM flight on Monday night along with powerful defender Jonathan Mensah.

Also on the same KLM flight are Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Mubarak Wakaso, Afriyie Acquah and David Accam.

Turkey-based Abdul-Majeed Waris and John Boye were on the Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul that arrived on Monday while several others arrived from South Africa.

The number of players in camp is 20 which means three players will join the camp by Tuesday night.

Harrison Afful, Jeffery Schlupp and Solomon Asante will join the team to give coach Maxwell Konadu his full invited squad.

The Ghana players will train at the Accra Sports Stadium for the next three days before they depart to Uganda for the crucial qualifier.

Players arrived in Accra on Monday night with some three players expected later on Tuesday night.

This means caretaker coach Maxwell Konadu will train with 20 players on the first day even though Harrison Afful could join the squad before training.

Konadu has invited 23 players without captain Asamoah Gyan who has been sidelined for close to three weeks.

Ghana have decided to camp at home before the two matches- with Togo's encounter fixed for 19 November-unlike last month when they Ghana squad assembled in Casablanca.

Ghana know a win against Uganda in Kampala will see them qualify for the Nations Cup finals for a fourth successive time since hosting the tournament in 2008.

Konadu will take charge of the two games before handing over to former Chelsea boss Avram Grant, providing he can agree financial terms with the Ghana Football Association.

Ghana's squad:
Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda (AshantiGold), Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars) and Razak Braimah (Mirandes FC, Spain)

Defenders: Yaw Frimpong (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Harrison Afful (Esperance FC, Tunisia), Awal Mohammed (Maritzburg, South Africa), Baba Abdul Rahman (FC Augsburg, Germany), Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester City, England), John Boye (Erciyesspor, Turkey), Kwabena Adusei (Mpumalanga Black Aces, South Africa) and Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France)

Midfielders: Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Mohammed Rabiu (Krasnodar, Russia), Mubarak Wakaso (Celtic, Scotland), Christian Astu (Everton, England), Asante Solomon (T.P. Mazembe, DR Congo), Edwin Gyimah (Mpumalanga Black Aces, South Africa), Afriyie Acquah (Parma FC, Italy) Andre Ayew (Olympique Marseille, France)

Strikers: Jordan Ayew (Lorient, France), Abdul-Majeed Waris (Trabzonspor, Turkey), David Accam (Helsinborg, Sweden), Emmanuel Osei Banahene, (Al Orobah, Saudi Arabia)

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