Black stars provisional squad for the AFCON 2021



The Black Stars of Ghana takes part in the upcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations which is also referred to as AFCON 2021 or CAN 2021. This AFCON is known as the TotalEnergies 2021 Africa Cup of Nations for sponsorship reasons. This happens to be the 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations with Algeria being the defending champions, having won the 2019 edition. The TotalEnergies 2021 Africa Cup of Nations is scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon, and will take place from 9 January to 6 February 2022.

Not long ago, the Ghana Football Association named Milovan Rajevach as the new Coach of the Senior National Soccer Team, the Black Stars after the sacking of CK Akonnor. Milovan Rajevach was charged to lead Ghana to the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon and also qualify the team to the World Cup. Milovan Rajevac’s side emerged as group winners in group C which involved South Africa, Sudan, Sao Tome and Principe. The Black Stars of Ghana will pitch camp in Qatar as they prepare for the TotalEnergies 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.  Ghana will soon begin preparations for the 2021 African Cup of Nations tournament which will start on 9th January, 2022 in Cameroon. Ghana has been paired in Group C with the likes of Morocco, Comoros and Gabon in a tricky group.

Most Ghanaians are looking forward to seeing the players the abled black stars coach will compete in the AFCON with. With the squad Ghana used in the the World Cup qualifiers, it can be deduced that coach Milovan will call Lawrence Ati- Zigi (FC St. Gallen), Richard Atta (Hearts of Oak), Ibrahim Danlad, (Asante Kotoko), Jojo Wallocott (Swindon Town) to prepare to be in the goal post for the black stars. Defenders like Philemon Baffuor (Dreams FC), Andrew Yiadom (Reading FC), Ismail Ganiyu (Asante Kotoko), Gideon Mensah (Bordeaux), Baba Abdul Rahman (Reading FC), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City), Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew), Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg).

Midfielders likely to be Thomas Partey (Arsenal FC), Baba Idrissu (Real Mallorca), Alfred Duncan (Fiorentina), Emmanuel Lomotey (Amiens), Mubarak Wakaso, (Shenzhen FC), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax Amsterdam), Majeed Ashimeru (RSC Anderlecht), Kyere (St. Pauli), Abdul Fatawu Issahaku (Steadfast FC). Coach Milovan may call Andre Ayew (Al Sadd SC), Suleymana (Rennes), Tariq Fosu-Henry (Brentford FC), Joel Fameyeh (Orenburg), Yaw Yeboah (Wisła Kraków), Samuel Owusu (Al-Fayha FC), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace), Caleb Ekuban (Genoa), Emmanuel Gyasi (Spezia), Benjamin Tetteh (Yeni Malatyaspor) for the attacking position.

Black stars coach Milovan Rajevach’s squad for the World Cup qualifiers

In 1963, Ghana made its first appearance as it hosted the event. Ghana won the title after beating Sudan in the final. The Black Stars Ghana repeated that as they became champions two years later in Tunisia. In 1965, the CAF introduced a rule that limited the number of overseas players in each team to two. This rule persisted until 1982. In 1968, the competition’s final tournament format expanded to include eight of the 22 teams entered in the preliminary rounds. The qualifying teams were distributed in two groups of four to play single round-robin tournaments, with the top two teams of each group advancing to semi-finals. The system remained in use for the finals until 1992. The Democratic Republic of Congo won its first title, beating Ghana in the final. Starting with the 1968 tournament, the competition was regularly held every two years in even-numbered years; this ended with the 2012 tournament, which was followed by a tournament in 2013, and successor editions in each odd-numbered year.   Coverage for television started during the 1970 tournament in Sudan, as the hosts lifted the trophy after defeating Ghana. That time Ghana was playing their fourth consecutive final.

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