SPORT SOCCER WORLDThe Black Stars arrived in the Angolan capital, Luanda, from their training base in South Africa before continuing their journey to Cabinda.  Local Nations Cup officials were at hand to meet the Black Starsdelegation while a handful of Ghanaians living in the town also turned up to welcome their favourite players.

The players were quickly deployed in their room and they will start training for the three-week tournament on Friday ahead of their first game on Monday against Burkina Faso.  The major concern for journalists there was the absence of midfielder Michael Essien who is expected to join the squad by early next week and will miss the first group game. In brief declarations to the press the head coach of the Ghanaian squad, Milovan Rajevac, made light of the absence of Essien.

The Serbian manager stated that his team is strong, balanced and futuristic as it includes experienced stars and players of the world under-20 champions.  The 20,000-seat Chiazi stadium will host Group B – Ghana, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Togo – in the tournament.  The Nations Cup is seen as the starter to a 2010 African footballfeast whose main course comes in June with the World Cup in South Africa-the first time international football’s biggest competition has ever been held on the continent.

Black Stars Squad

Coach: Milovan Rajevac

1 McCarthy Phelimon [Accra Hearts of Oak, Ghana]
2 Sarpei Hans Adu Sarpei [Bayer Leverkusen, Germany]
3 Gyan Asamoah [Stade Rennias, France]
4 Osei Ransford [Fc Twente, Holland]
5 Mensah Jonathan [Granada, Spain]
6 Annan Anthony [Rosenborg, Norway]
7 Inkoom Samuel [Fc Basel, Switzerland]
8 Essien Micheal [Chelsea, England]
9 Agyemang Opoku [Al Saad, Qatar]
10 Asamoah Kwadwo [Udinese, Italy]
11 Narry Moussa [Auxerre, France]
12 Addy Lee [Bechem Chelsea, Ghana]
13 Ayew Andre [Arles, France]
14 Amoah Mathew [NAC Breda, Holland]
15 Vorsah Isaac [TSG Hoffenhiem, Germany]
16 Adyei Daniel [Liberty Professionals, Ghana]
17 Ayew Ibrahim [Zamalek, Egypt]
18 Addo Eric [Roda JC, Holland]
19 Badu Emmanuel Agyeman [Udinese, Italy]
20 Adiyiah Dominic [AC Milan, Italy]
21 Afful Harrison [Esperance, Tunisia]
22 Kingson Richard [Wigan, England]
23 Draman Haminu [Krasnodor, Russia]

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