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11 Jun

Meet the SEVEN debutants in Ghana's Squad for 2019 AFCON

Ghana will be making its 21st appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations with seven debutants.

Coach Kwesi Appiah named his final 23-man squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on Monday where he included seven players who are yet to play at the tournament.
 
Kickgh.com take a look at the seven debutants who luckily made the final list to Africa Cup of Nations after a week training in Dubai.
 
Samuel Owusu
 
Kickgh.com's Godfred Budu Yeaboah made these attributes after his call-up to senior national team of Ghana.
 
Owusu’s burst of pace grips you with excitement, his sublime skills keep you on the edge of your seat. There’s an adrenaline rush anytime he has the ball tightly glued to his magical left foot.
 
He is a player with a special gift and finesse, speed paired with technique and skills- at just 23. 
 
With such displays, one can easily tell that the lad is destined for greatness. Such displays has always characterised the Accra born and raised boy, who had previously played for the defunct Red Bull Ghana, Vision FC, Radnik Surdulica and Genclerbirligi
 
Possessing searing pace, sublime dribbling abilities and strength, the FK Cukaricki attacker is a hugely challenging proposition for any defender to handle in a 1v1 situation. 
 
Indeed, being so adept in this regard has positive ramifications for his teammates too, for he regularly gets double or triple teamed, which importantly creates space for teammates to utilise.
 
Owusu plays a play-making role and occasionally a free-attacking role. He is comfortable attacking on either wing or through the centre of the pitch.
 
Following his exploits in the Serbian Super Liga, he has been tracked by German Budesliga side Broussia Dortmund.
 
Owusu had a tremendous season at FK Cukaricki where he scored 7 goals with ten assists in his 32 appearances.
 
Joseph Aidoo
 
The former Inter Allies defender has established himself as one of the finest center-back in Europe for the past seasons.
 
He helped his club KRC Genk to clinch the 2018/19 Belgian Jupiler Pro League with 25 appearances and a goal.
 
The 23-year-old also featured in the last season's UEFA Europa League with the Belgian champions but failed to qualify to the Group stages.
 
Before leaving the Ghana Premier League League to join Hammarby IF in Sweden, he was nominated the GPL Best Defender of the Year.
 
He made his debut for the Ghana in a friendly against Mauritania in March.
 
Aidoo was part of the Black Satellites squad that played in the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup staged in New Zealand.
 
Caleb Ekuban
 
The 25-year-old was born to Ghanaian parents in Italy and he know for his pace, technical ability and strong physique. His style of play and prolific goal scoring as a youngster in the Chievo youth team saw him likened to compatriot Mario Balotelli.
 
He started his club career at Italian side Chievo Verona where he spent five seasons without making an appearance for the first team and was loaned out to several clubs including Südtirol, Lumezzane, Renate and Partizan Tirana.
 
He rose to the fame at Albanian Superliga side Partizani Tirana during the 2016/17 season where he helped them to finish second and a qualification to the UEFA Europa League.
 
Ekuban ended his loan stint in 2017 with Partizani Tirana as the second top scorer in the Albanian SuperLiga with seventeen (17) goals.
 
After a sparkling season in Albania, English Championship side Leeds United signed him on a four-year contract from Serie A side Chievo Veronafor an undisclosed fee.
 
He scored one goal in his 20 games for Leeds United before joining Trabzonspor on a season-long deal last summer.
 
At Trabzonspor, he has netted five goals in 23 appearances which earned him a debut call-up to the Black Stars against Kenya in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
 
Ekuban has scored two goals in his two caps for the senior national team of Ghana.
 
Joseph Attamah Larweh
 
One of the versatile players in Coach Kwesi Appiah's squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations is Joseph Attamah who can play as a Centre-back, left back and a defensive midfielder role.
 
Unlike last season, the 25-year-old had a tough season at his club Istanbul Basakaedhir making only eleven appearances.
 
The Turkey based footballer earned his debut call-up to the Black Stars of Ghana in 2017 under Coach Avram but he failed to make the final cut for the last edition of the Africa Cup of Nations.
 
Attamah was a member of the Ghana U20 squad that represented Ghana at the 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup hosted in Turkey.
 
He was recently linked with a move to relegated English Premier League side Fulham FC.
 
Felix Annan
 
The Asante Kotoko shot-stopper is undoubtedly one of the best goalkeepers and has been in a superb form in the Ghanaian top-flight league seasons.
 
His recent call-ups to senior national team of Ghana couldn't be questioned following his sterling performance in his club's CAF Confederation Cup campaign.
 
Annan’s major strength is his ability to be in the right position in order to cover a large portion of the goal especially when opposing forwards are bearing down on goal. Another strength of his is his distribution.
 
He averages 5.0 successful goal kicks per game and 4.1 throw outs. 
 
For a team like Kwesi Appiah’s Black Stars, who put emphasis on attractive football, the benefit of having a goalkeeper who can play from the back, cut out individual errors and provide an imposing presence will be invaluable.
 
In terms of anticipation, Annan is the best around. He thinks like a striker and tries to anticipate if the opposition forward will dribble or shoot, and how he will shoot: close to the ground, in the air, with power, and in what direction.
 
Kwabena Owusu
 
The fans who watched the former SC Accra star in the 2019 Africa U23 Cup of Nations qualifier against Togo in Kumasi referred him as the next big thing in Ghana Football after scoring a hat-trick.
 
His performance gave supporters a tantalizing glimpse of what they’ve been missing for some time now at the Ghana U23 team.
 
The 21-year-old is a joint top scorer of the ongoing 2019 Africa U23 Cup of Nations where he has bagged fours goals in four matches.
 
In the just ended season at Salamanca CF, he scored ten goals in his 25 appearances which his parent club CD Leganes recalled before the end of his loan spell.
 
Owusu was signed by Spanish La Liga side CD Leganes in 2016 from lower-tier side SC and has been loaned out to clubs namely Real Oviedo, CD Toledo and FC Cartagena.
 
Thomas Agyepong
 
Former Right to Dream graduate still remains one of the key African players in the books of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola following his output.
 
The pacey winger was signed by English Premier League champions in 2015 after graduating from the Ghanaian-based Soccer Academy. 
 
The 22-year-old was farmed out to two Dutch clubs NAC Breda and FC Twente before his recent loan spell at Scottish club FC Hibernian.
 
His progression has been affected by series of injuries which keep him out of action almost six months at FC Hibernian this season where he made 10 appearances with a goal.
 
In 2017, made his debut for the Ghana in a 5–0 win over Ethiopia in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium and has capped five times so far.
 
The Kenyansi-born has returned to the Etihad Stadium outfit after an unsuccessful loan spell at FC Hibernian last season.

 

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