Avram Grant names provisional 26-man squad for AFCON 2017 but drops Latif Blessing...

A 26-man provisional Ghana Blackstars squad for the 2017 African Cup of Nations Cup competition (AFCON 2017) which excludes the current local best player, Latif Blessing, has been named by Avram Grant, coach of the Ghana Blackstars.

The team which is lead by Captain Asamoah Gyan, and Andre Dede Ayew as the assistant captain will begin an 11-day training tour in the UAE on Tuesday before embarking on their final journey to Gabon on January 13 for the main competition.

Here is the full list of Blackstars players who be travelling to Al Ain on Monday night:

Goalkeepers: Razak Braimah (Cordoba, Spain), Adam Kwarasey (Rosenborg, Norway) Richard Ofori (Wa All Stars)

Defenders: Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA), Andy Yiadom (Barnsley, England), Baba Rahman (Schalke, Germany), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium), (John Boye (Sivasspor, Turkey), Jonathan Mensah (Anzhi, Russia), 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), Joseph Larweh Attamah (Ba?ak?ehir, Turkey)

Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ahli, UAE) Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa, England), Abdul-Majeed Waris (Lorient, France), Andre Dede Ayew (West Ham, England), Ebenezer Assifuah (Sion, Switzerland), Bernard Tekpetey (Schalke, Germany), Rahpael Dwamena (Austria Lustenau, Austria).

Source: Bigtimerz.com