Ghana’s 23-man World Cup roster: Big names remain after Black Stars cut 3
Ghana has made three cuts from its initial World Cup roster, but all of its major names remain as the Black Stars prepare to open World Cup Group G play against the USA at Estadio das Dunas in Natal on June 16.
Asamoah Gyan, Michael Essien, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Andre Ayew and Kwadwo Asamoah lead James Kwesi Appiah's side, which will aim to return to the knockout stage at the expense of either Germany, Portugal or the USA. Ghana has eliminated the USA from the last two World Cups, most recently dashing the Americans' dreams in excruciating fashion through Gyan's extra-time goal in the 2010 round of 16.
Jerry Akaminko, Jeffrey Schlupp and David Accam were the final cuts from the initial 26-man group.
While Ghana boasts a load of experience and recognizable names, 16 players will be looking to make their World Cup debuts. Ghana, which lost to the Netherlands 1-0 in a friendly over the weekend, will play South Korea in a final World Cup tune-up in Miami before departing for Brazil.
Here is Ghana's roster in full:
GOALKEEPERS: Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates), Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset), Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars)
DEFENDERS: Samuel Inkoom (Platanias), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege), Harrison Afful (Esperance), John Boye (Rennes), Jonathan Mensah (Evian), Rashid Sumalia (Mamelodi Sundowns)
MIDFIELDERS: Michael Essien (AC Milan), Sulley Muntari (AC Milan), Rabiu Mohammed (Kuban Krasnodar), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese), Afriyie Acquah (Parma), Christian Atsu (Vitesse Arnhem), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough), Andre Ayew (Marseille), Mubarak Wakaso (Rubin Kazan)
FORWARDS: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain), Kevin-Prince Boateng (Schalke), Abdul Majeed Waris (Valenciennes), Jordan Ayew (Sochaux)