AFCON 2019 16 players train as Black Stars prepare for Ethiopia game

Sixteen players were present as the Black Stars trained for the first time under Kwesi Appiah following his return

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Kwesi Appiah oversaw his maiden training as Black Stars coach on Wednesday, since being re-appointed to the role.

Sixteen Black Stars players converged at the Accra Sports Stadium to partake in the training session, which was supervised by the technical team.

QN5A2037.jpg play Black Stars hold training at Accra sports stadium

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Among those present were deputy Black Stars captain Andre Ayew and his brother Jordan Ayew. Afriyie Acquah, Majeed Waris and Daniel Amartey were also present as Kwesi Appiah supervised his first training session since returning to manage the West African nation.

QN5A2061.jpg play Deputy captain, Andre Ayew trains with the team

Debutant Thomas Agyapong, returnee Rashid Sumaila and youngster Yaw Yeboah were also joined by a quartet from the local league led by Liberty Professionals captain Samuel Sarfo and Hearts of Oak’s Winful Cobbinah.

The players were taken through some drills and jogging exercises by first assistant coach of the Black Stars, Ibrahim Tanko, as Kwesi Appiah and technical coordinator Stephen Appiah watched on.

QN5A1962.jpg play Kwesi Appiah and Stephen Appiah observe Black Stars training 

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The team was later split into two factions to play in a six-aside game.

Newly appointed goalkeepers trainer, Richard ‘Olele’ Kingston was also present, as he took charge of training the goalkeepers who had reported. Asante Kotoko’s Felix Annan, Wa All Stars’ Richrd Ofori and Aduana’s Joseph Addo were taken through some stretches by the former national no.1.

QN5A1997.jpg play Richard Kingston takes goalkeepers through paces

However, notable among the absent players were Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan, Adam Larsen Kwarasay and Afful Harrisson.

The entire technical team – with the exception of Maxwell Konadu – was present as the Black Stars prepare to kickstart their journey to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

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Ghana has been drawn in group F with Kenya, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia for a place in Africa’s flagship tournament.

The Black Stars will train again on Thursday and Friday before heading to Kumasi for their final preparations. 

Ghana is scheduled to face Ethiopia on June 8.  

Full list of 16 players who took part in the Black Stars' first training session:

Daniel Amartey, Andre Ayew, Samuel Sarfo Jordan Ayew, Afriyie Acquah, Abdul Majeed Waris, Rashid Sumaila, Frank Acheampong, Yaw Yeboah, Daniel Darkwah, Nicholas Opoku, Thomas Agyepong, Winful Cobbinah, Felix Annan, Richard Ofori, Joseph Addo.     

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