The Ghanaian national football team arrived in South Africa in the early hours of Wednesday morning, ahead of Thursday’s key Afcon qualifier against Bafana Bafana at the FNB Stadium.
Both teams will be gunning for a victory in this second-last group qualifier, with the winner of this match likely to top the group. Both teams are on 9 points, but Ghana, having won their home match against Bafana, are top.
There is also the small matter of Sudan, who are third in the group, on 6 points. Much could depend on what happens in their match this afternoon when they play Sao Tome & Principe away. Sudan are favourites to win the fixture, with Sao Tome yet to get a point in the group.
Ghana have also been affected by European clubs not releasing players to travel to South Africa, and will be missing key players Thomas Partey, Jordan Ayew and his brother and captain of the team, Andre Ayew.
Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori (Orlando Pirates – South Africa), Razak Abalora (Asante Kotoko – Ghana), Eric Ofori Antwi (Medeama SC – Ghana), Danlad Ibrahim (Asante Kotoko- Ghana)
Full Backs: Baba Abdul Rahman (PAOK – Greece), Benson Annan (MLK Zilina – Slovakia), Philemon Baffuor (Dreams FC – Ghana), Imoro Ibrahim (Asante Kotoko)
Central Defenders: Nicholas Opoku (Amiens SC – France), Ganiyu Ismael (Asante Kotoko – Ghana), Joseph Adjei (Legon Cities), Yussif Mubarik (Asante Kotoko)
Central Midfield: Kudus Mohammed (Ajax Amsterdam – Holland), Mubarak Wakaso (Jiangsu Suning F.C – China), Afriyie Acquah (Yeni Malatyaspor – Turkey), Emmanuel Lomotey (Amiens SC – France), Gladson Awako (Great Olympics -Ghana), Justice Blay (Medeama SC – Ghana), Kwame Afriyie Poku (Colchester United – England)
Left Attacking Midfield: Osman Bukari (Gent – Belgium), Joseph Esso (Dreams FC- Ghana)
Attackers: Emmanuel Boateng (Dalian Professional- China), Emmanuel Gyasi (Spezia – Italy), Kwame Opoku (Asante Kotoko – Ghana), John Antwi (Pyramids FC – Egypt), Kwasi Okyere Wriedt (Willem II – Holland), Caleb Ekuban (Trabzonspor – Turkey)