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Sports News of Monday, 9 January 2017


Jon Benjamin tips Ghana to win AFCON

The British High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin, has tipped the Black Stars of Ghana to win the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted in Gabon.

Ghana has not won the competition in over three decades and will be looking forward to breaking the jinx when the competition begins on Saturday, January 14.

Reacting to a tweet on his preferred country to win the competition, Mr Benjamin tweeted: “With all objectivity, I tip Ghana to win #AFCON2017.”

The national team is currently in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) preparing for the tournament and will leave for Gabon on January 13.

The team will be captained by Al Ahli striker Asamoah Gyan. Ghana, who finished as runners-up at the last edition of the competition in Equatorial Guinea, have been drawn in Group D along with Egypt, Uganda, and Mali in the January 14-February 5 tournament.

Below is Ghana's 23-man squad for the 2017 AFCON:

Goalkeepers: Razak Braimah (Cordoba, Spain), Abdul-Fatau Dauda (Enyimba, Nigeria), Richard Ofori (Wa All Stars)

Defenders: Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA), Andy Yiadom (Barnsley, England), Baba Rahman (Schalke 04, Germany), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium), (John Boye (Sivasspor, Turkey), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew, USA), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City, England), Edwin Gyimah (Orlando Pirates, South Africa)

Midfielders: Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Torino, Italy), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain) Mubarak Wakaso (Panathinaikos, Greece), Christian Atsu (Newcastle, England), Ebenezer Ofori (AIK Stockholm, Sweden), Samuel Tetteh (Leifering, Austria)

Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ahly, UAE) Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa, England), Andre Ayew (West Ham, England), Ebenezer Assifuah (Sion, Switzerland), Bernard Tekpetey (Schalke, Germany).