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Black Stars poised to begin 2017 AFCON qualifying campaign with win over Mauritius on Sunday

7 years ago

The Black Stars will open their 2017 AFCON qualifying campaign at the Accra Stadium on Sunday June 14 against Mauritius.

The match which will be the first competitive match for coach Avram Grant on Ghanaian soil will also mark the return of the Black Stars to the Accra after a rotational policy saw them play home games in other national stadia across the country in recent years.

The Black Stars who finished as silver medalists at the last AFCON in Equatorial Guinea are determined to qualify to the next edition in Gabon and get another shot at the trophy that eluded them narrowly earlier this year.

And coach Avram Grant is confident his 24-man squad are focused on the collective target of kick starting their qualifying campaign with a win over Club M of Mauritius.

"The players are mature enough and we are concentrating on getting a win out of the game",the Black Stars gaffer said in a pre match press conference.

The senior national team have been in camp since last week and beat neighbors Togo 1-0 in a friendly as part of preparations for Sunday’s match.

Injury to Crystal Palace striker Kwesi Appiah saw the Majeed Waris join the squad while U-23 goalie Richard Ofori received a call up to join the goalkeeping department for Sunday’s match.

Portugal based Bernard Mensah who got a debut goal in the friendly win over Togo, will be hoping to get an opportunity to don the national colours again when Ghana takes on Mauritius for the first time ever.

After Sunday’s Group H match at 3:30pm , the Black Stars will take on Rwanda in Kigali on September 5 before hosting Mozambique on March 23 next year before travelling for the return leg the following week.

Ghana will end the qualifiers at home when they host Rwanda on September 3, 2016 after travelling to face Mauritius on June 4, 2016.

Below is the list of players currently in the Black Stars camp:

Goalkeepers: Razak Braimah (Mirandes, Spain), Fatau Dauda (AshGold), Ernest Sowah (Don Bosco, DR Congo), Richard Ofori (Wa All Stars)

Defenders: Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), John Boye (Erciyesspor, Turkey), Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France), Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester City, England), Baba Rahman (Augsburg, Germany), Gyimah Edwin (Mpumalanga Black Aces, South Africa), Daniel Amartey, (FC Copenhagen, Denmark)

Midfielders: Rabiu Mohammed (Krasnodar, Russia), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Sampdoria, Italy), Solomon Asante (T.P. Mazembe, DR Congo), Christian Atsu (Bournemouth, England), Mubarak Wakaso (Celtic, Scotland), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium) Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough, England), Bernard Mensah (Vitoria Guimaraes, Portugal)

Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE), Jordan Ayew (Lorient, France), Majeed Waris (Trabzonspor), David Accam (Chicago Fire, USA).