Twenty-five Black Stars players, led by captain Andre Ayew, who is currently a free agent are expected to begin camping on Monday, September 4, in Kumasi ahead of Thursday’s final AFCON qualifier against the Central African Republic.
Goalkeeper Richard Ofori, alongside Elisha Owusu, Baba Iddrisu, Patrick Schindler, Stephan Ambrosius, Ransford Königsdörffer, and Antoine Semenyo, all make a return after missing June’s qualifier against Madagascar.
Dennis Odoi, Patrick Kpozo, and Kwesi Okyere Wriedt failed to make the squad, joining a lengthy list of injured players, including goalkeeper Jojo Wollacott, Daniel Amartey, Majeed Ashimeru, Kamaldeen Sulemana, Mohammed Salisu, Benjamin Tetteh, and deputy captain Thomas Partey.
Medeama Striker Jonathan Sowah is the only new introduction and also the only local-based player in the Black Stars squad.
TEAM NEWS: Central African Republic:
The biggest absence for CAR is Marseille Midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, who is injured.
Leading strikers Louis Mafouta of French Ligue 2 side Quevilly-Rouen and Karl Namnganda of La Roche Vendee have been included in the 24-man squad.
Holding the joint top-scorer record with legendary Hilaire Momi at 10 goals, Mafouta has a chance to become the Central African Republic’s all-time scorer.
Sixteen out of the 24 players invited by Coach Savoy were involved in the team’s first training session in Accra on Sunday, September 3.