Chris Hughton, the former Brighton & Hove Albion boss, has revealed his first squad as coach of the Ghana senior national team, Black Stars, ahead of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Angola this month.

The Black Stars will be hosting Palancras Negras at the Baba Yara Sports stadium on Thursday, March 23, before traveling to Luanda for the reverse fixture on March 27.

The 25-man squad features players who were part of Ghana’s World Cup squad in Qatar last year. Joseph Paintsil and Joseph Wollacott, who missed the tournament due to a broken finger, are notable additions to the team.

However, Baba Rahman has been excluded from the squad due to an injury problem, and Abdul Fatawu Issahaku, who has been a regular in the squad, was not invited.

Ghana is at joint top of the Group E table with four points from two games, following a 3-0 win over Madagascar and a 1-1 draw with Central African Republic in June last year. Hughton will be looking to build on these positive results and guide his team to a successful campaign in the Africa Cup of Nations.

The full squad includes Lawrence Ati Zigi (FC St. Gallen), Abdul Manaf Nurudeen (Eupen), and Joseph Wollacott (Charlton Athletic) as goalkeepers. The defense line comprises Tariq Lamptey (Brighton and Hove Albion), Denis Odoi (Club Brugge), Gideon Mensah (Auxerre), Patrick Kpozo (Sheriff Tiraspol), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City), Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo), Mohammed Salisu (Southampton FC), and Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg).

Thomas Partey (Arsenal FC), Majeed Ashimeru (RSC Anderlecht), Abdul Salis Samed (Lens), and Edmund Addo (Spartak Subotica) are the midfielders in the squad.

Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace), Osman Bukari (Red Star Belgrade), Joseph Painstil (Genk), Kamal Deen Sulemana (Southampton FC), and Ransford Yeboah Königsdörffer (Hamburger SV) are the wingers, while Mohammed Kudus (Ajax Amsterdam), Andre Ayew (Nottingham Forest), Kamal Sowah (Club Brugge), Inaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao), and Antoine Semenyo (AFC Bournemouth) make up the forward line.

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