Ghana’s coach, Chris Hughton, sees the Black Stars as strong contenders for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). While acknowledging teams like Cameroon, Morocco, Senegal, and Algeria as formidable opponents, Hughton expresses confidence in Ghana’s chances due to their proximity and the strong support they can bring. He emphasizes Ghana’s historical success and notes the desire to secure victory after a prolonged period without a win.
Hughton has submitted a 55-man provisional squad for AFCON, dominated by players from the Ghana Premier League. The squad, to be narrowed down to a final 27, includes familiar names like Andre Ayew, Thomas Partey, Jordan Ayew, Mohammed Kudus, and Daniel Amartey. Additionally, some players are making a return, such as Bernard Tekpetey, Joseph Attamah Larweh, Patrick Kpozo, Ransford Yeboah Konigsdorffer, and Kamaldeen Sulemana.
The provisional squad also features 11 players from the Ghana Premier League, including Medeama quintet Jonathan Sowah, Abdul Fatawu Hamid, Abdulai Nurudeen, Derrick Fordjour, and Felix Kyei, along with Dreams FC duo Godfred Attuahene and John Anwi. Asante Kotoko’s Richmond Lamptey, Great Olympics’ Emmanuel Antwi and Benjamin Asare, and Nations FC’s Razak Simpson complete the list of local-based players in the provisional squad. The final squad will be announced closer to the tournament.