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24.05.2019 Cup of Nations

AFCON 2019: 29-Man Provisional Squad Too Big - Laryea Kingston

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
AFCON 2019: 29-Man Provisional Squad Too Big - Laryea Kingston

Former Ghana winger, Laryea Kingston beleives that the 29 man provisional squad for the Africa Cup of Nations will breed tension in the team.

Coach Kwesi Appiah on Wednesday, May 20, man provisional mas squad for the 32nd edition of the tournament with three goalkeepers, ten defenders, eleven midfielders and five strikers.

But according to the former Celtic star, considering 6 players would have to be dropped before the final 23- squad for the tournament is announced will bring an unease in the team.

“I don’t have a problem with the squad Kwasi Appiah has named, I only expected Clifford Aboagye to have been given a chance because he had a good season," he told Asempa FM.

"My other challenge is the number of players he has selected. 29 players are a lot and there is not a lot of time left. With this, there will be a lot of tension in camp as to who and who will be dropped.

"The tension won’t make the players feel relaxed and enjoy the camping. Maybe he should have selected 25 players so that dropping two won’t be too much of a problem,” he added.

Below is the full squad.
Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United, South Africa, Lawrence Ati- Zigi (Sochaux, Montbeliard, France), and Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko, Ghana).

John Boye (Metz, France), Andy Yiadom (Reading, England), Abdul Baba Rahman (Reims, France), Lumor Agbenyenu (Goztepe A.S, Turkey), Kassim Nuhu, (Hoffenheim, Germany,) Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew SC, USA), Joseph Aidoo (Genk, Belgium), Nuhu Musa (St Gallen, Switzerland), Joseph Attamah (Basaksehir, Turkey), and Mohammed Alhassan (Hearts of Oak, Ghana)

Mubarak Wakaso (Deportivo Alaves, Spain), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Kwadwo Asamoah (Internazionale, Italy), Ebenezer Ofori (New York FC, USA), Afriyie Acquah (Empoli, Italy), Andre Ayew ( Fenerbache, Turkey), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Samuel Owusu (Cukaricki, Serbia), Thomas Agyepong (Hibernian, Scotland), Yaw Yeboah (Numancia, Spain), Abdul Fatawu (Asante Kotoko, Ghana).

Asamoah Gyan (Kayserispor, Turkey), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace, England), Abdul Majeed Waris ( Nantes, France), Caleb Ekuban (Trabzonspor, Turkey) and Kwabena Owusu (Leganes, Spain).

The team will depart Accra, on Saturday, June 1, for pre-tournament preparations in Dubai, ahead of the competition. Of the 29 players, the final 23 will be named to represent Ghana at the tournament.

The GFA Normalization Committee has lined up two high profile preparatory matches for the Black Stars against Namibia and South Africa.