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Black Stars arrive in Cameroon for AFCON

Ghana’s contingent for the 2021 Total Energies Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) arrived in Yaoundé – Cameroon on Saturday for the continents flagship competition.

The team touched down at the Yaoundé Nsimalen Airport at approximately 20:30GMT from Doha – Qatar where they have been camping for the past two weeks. The Black Stars lost 3-0 to African Champions Algeria on Wednesday in a preparatory game before departing to Cameroon Saturday afternoon.

The four-time African Champions will open their campaign against Morocco on Monday before playing Gabon and Comoros in the other Group C matches.

In all, 25 players made the trip from Doha to Cameroon for the tournament. They include:

GOALKEEPERS: Joseph Wolacott (Swindon Town, England), Abdul Manaf Nurudeen (Eupen, Belgium), Richard Attah (Hearts of Oak), Lawrence Ati Zigi (St. Gallen, Switzerland).

DEFENDERS: Andy Yiadom (Reading FC, England), Baba Abdul Rahman (Reading FC, England), Gideon Mensah (Girondins de Bordeaux, France), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City, England), Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg FC, France), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew, USA), Khalid Abdul Mumin (Vitoria de Guimaraes, Portugal).

MIDFIELDERS: Baba Iddrissu (Real Mallorca, Spain), Edmund Addo (Sherif Tiraspol, Moldova), Thomas Teye Partey (Arsenal, England), Mubarak Wakaso (Shenzhen, China), Daniel Kofi Kyere (St. Pauli, Germany), David Sandan Abagna (Real Tamale United).

FORWARDS: Abdul Fatawu Issahaku (Dreams FC), Samuel Owusu (Al-Fayha, Saudi Arabia), Dede Ayew (Al Sadd, Qatar), Joseph Paintsil (Genk, Belgium), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace, England), Richmond Boakye Yiadom (Beitar Jerusalem, Israel), Maxwell Abbey Quaye (Great Olympics), Benjamin Tetteh (Malatyaspor, Turkey).

Meanwhile, Rennes winger, Kamal Deen Suleman also arrived in Cameroon to team up with the rest of the Ghana’s squad for the Total Energies Africa Cup of Nations – Cameroon 2021.

The Rennes winger who couldn’t join the Black Stars’ camp in Doha travelled from France to meet the squad in Yaoundé on Saturday. The arrival of the 20- year will give Coach Milovan Rajevac a boost ahead of Ghana’s opening Group C match against Morocco on Monday.

Kamal Deen joins 25 other players who are already in camp in Cameroon with two others, Kudus Mohammed and Philemon Baffuor expected to join later.

The former Nordsjaelland FC winger, who has made 6 appearances for Ghana since his debut against Mali in October 2020, will wear the number 22 shirt during the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

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