Monday, 16 December

Afcon qualifiers: Ayews lead Ghana camp on Day 1

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Andre and Jordan Ayew

Thirteen players turned up as the Black Stars trained for the first time on Monday ahead of the upcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe.

The contingent - comprised of eight outfield players and all three invited goalkeepers, including Maritzburg United's Richard Ofori, Tanzania-based Razak Abalora and home-based Felix Annan -were present for the session at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Captain Andre Ayew, who scored for Swansea City on Saturday, leads the outfield contingent which also featured Crystal Palace forward Jordan Ayew, Fortuna Dusseldorf centre-back Kasim Nuhu Adams, China-based Emmanuel Boateng, Gaziantep attacker Patrick Twumasi and winger Samuel Owusu.

Debutants Toric Jibril of Congolese side TP Mazembe, Hearts of Oak's Mohammed Fatawu, Shafiu Mumuni of Ashanti Gold and Red Bull Salzburg left-back Gideon Mensah, who received a late call-up, were also present.

The remaining players of the invited 23-man squad - including Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey and Deportivo Alaves' Mubarak Wakaso - were expected in camp on Monday night ahead of Tuesday's departure for Cape Coast, where they host South Africa in their Group C opener on Thursday.

The Black Stars have an away trip to Sao Tome on Monday for their second game. 

Without matches during the last two international breaks, Ghana are assembling for the first time since their disappointing showing at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt in June/July.

Source: ClassFMOnline.com