Head coach of Ghana’s national team, James Kwesi Appiah, has left out FC Porto striker, Abdul Majeed Waris, from his final 23-man squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Waris is undoubtedly the biggest casualty, as the Black Stars squad was announced on Monday.

The 27-year-old, who spent last season on loan with French outfit Nantes, is one of five players cut from 28 players, currently in camp in the United Arab Emirates.

USA-based midfielder Ebenezer Ofori, who played at the 2017 Afcon, Ghana U-23 captain Yaw Yeboah and the local-based duo of Mohammed Alhassan (Hearts of Oak) and Abdul Safiu Fatawu (Asante Kotoko), are the others who didn’t make the cut.

Appiah’s men will take on South Africa in a second test game on Saturday, after a shock 1-0 defeat to Namibia on Sunday.

Ghana have been drawn against Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau in Group F.

Squad List:

Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United, South Africa), Lawrence Ati-Zigi (Sochaux, France), Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko, Ghana)

Defenders
Andy Yiadom (Reading, England), Abdul Rahman Baba (Reims, France), Lumor Agbenyenu (Goztepe, Turkey), Kasim Nuhu Adams (Hoffenheim, Germany,) John Boye (Metz, France), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew SC, USA), Joseph Aidoo (Genk, Belguim), Joseph Attamah (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey)

Midfielders
Mubarak Wakaso (Deportivo Alaves, Spain), Thomas Teye Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Kwadwo Asamoah (Internazionale, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Empoli, Italy), Andre Ayew (Fenerbahce, Turkey), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Samuel Owusu (Cukaricki, Serbia), Thomas Agyepong (Hibernian, Scotland)

Attackers:
Asamoah Gyan (Kayserispor, Turkey), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace, England), Caleb Ekuban (Trabzonspor, Turkey), Kwabena Owusu (Leganes, Spain)

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