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Soccer News of Thursday, 27 October 2011

Source: MTNfootball.com

Afranie wants mixed Ghana squad for AFCON

Veteran coach Emmanuel Kwesi Afranie wants to see a blend of youthful and experienced players in Ghana's final squad for the Africa Cup of Nations finals next year.

A lot of promising stars have emerged in the last two years and knocking on the door of head coach Goran Stevanovic.

Massawudu Alhassan, Mohammed Abu and Jordan Ayew have had spells with the Black Stars in recent times.

The likes of Norway-based King Osei Gyan, Afriyie Acquah, Richmond Boakye-Yiadom and FC Porto whiz kid Christian Atsu are waiting for calls.

About five of the current Black Stars squad were members of Afranie's Under-20 team which won silver at the 2001 World Youth Championships in Argentina.

He believes a perfect mix can end Ghana's 29-year-old title drought.

"I think that there is the need to blend the youth and the old guys for the championship. It’s one of the key figures that can help us win the championship," Afranie told Accra-based Happy FM.

"The two will match up experience and youthful exuberance which will go a long to make us a strong force.

" If you look at the current squad and you'll realize that most of them are members of the 2001 squad and surely after 2012, some of them may fade out.

"So this is the time to bring in some few young talents."