AFCON 2017 New faces as Black Stars kick off preparations in Accra

Some new faces were in the mix as the Black Stars began their AFCON 2017 campaign with a first training session.

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The Black Stars of Ghana commenced preparations for the 2017 AFCON with a first training session in Accra on Wednesday.

The session was held at the football pitch of the St.Thomas Aquinas Senior High School in Labone.

READ ALSO: AFCON 2017 Black Stars squad NOT named yet - GFA

Coach Avram Grant, who is yet to officially name a final squad for the tournament, took a provisional group of 22 players through some drills in the dry cold of the Harmattan.

Black Stars players present for inaugural AFCON 2017 preparatory training

Goalkeepers

Lawrence Ati Zigi

Fatau Dauda

Razak Braimah

Richard Ofori

 

Defenders

Jonathan Mensah

Nuru Sule

Rashid Sumaila

Harrison Afful

Edwin Gyimah

 

Midfielders

Emmanuel Agyemang Badu

Mubarak Wakaso

Samuel Tetteh

Ebenezer Ofori

Afriyie Acquah

Frank Acheampong

Godsway Donyoh

 

Strikers

Bernard Tekpetey

Majeed Waris

Latif Blessing

Raphael Dwamena

David Accam

Ebenezer Assifuah

 

 

 

READ ALSO: AFCON 2017 Wilfried Zaha named in Ivory Coast provisional Africa Cup of Nations squad

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The players who showed up were subjected to a medical test supervised by Team Doctor Baba Adams. It consisted primarily of a mandatory blood which is part of the doping protocol of CAF ahead of the official naming of AFCON squads.

play Black Stars begin AFCON 2017 preparations at the St Thomas Aquinas School Park in Osu (Pulse.com.gh)

 

The provisional group, which sported some new faces such as Ghana Premier League MVP Latif Blessing (Liberty Professionals), U-20 goalkeeper Lawrence Ati Zigi (FC Liefering) and young striker Bernard Tekpetey (FC Schalke), were observed by a sizeable crowd of fans at the Aquinas Park.

play Black Stars begin AFCON 2017 preparations at the St Thomas Aquinas School Park in Osu (Pulse.com.gh)

 

The official naming of Ghana's AFCON 2017 squad is scheduled for Saturday December 31 at the Conference Room of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Headquarters at Ridge. It will be at 12 noon.

The squad named will travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a 12-day pre-tournament camping program (3rd to 13th January 2017) before final departure for Gabon.

The Black Stars, four-time champions of Africa, are in Group D of the upcoming AFCON with Egypt, Uganda and Mali.

They will be based in Port Gentil.

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