Asante Kotoko have unveiled a preliminary squad for Saturday’s Caf Champions League clash with Kano Pillars of Nigeria.
On Monday morning, a total of 23 players left their home-base of Kumasi to travel to the Ghana capital Accra where the team will fine-tune preparations for the preliminary first round first leg away tie at the Sani Abacha Stadium.
Coach Kjetil Zachariassen will prune down the roster to 18 for the trip to Nigeria.
New captain Felix Annan, a member of Ghana’s squad at the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, headlines the provisional line-up.
Veteran midfielder Jordan Opoku also made the list as did fullback Augustine Sefah, centre-back Wahab Adams and winger Emmanuel Gyamfi who all played key roles as the Porcupine Warriors reached the group stage of the Caf Confederation Cup last season.
Former Al Hilal and Al Merreikh attacker Augustine Okrah, defender Ampem Dacosta and Ugandan striker George Abege are among the new signings in the squad.
Burkinabe striker Songne Yacouba is, however, not in the squad amid concerns about his future and fitness. To add to the striker woes, Abdul Safiu Fatawu is also mysteriously not on the roster.
Also, the trio of Maxwell Baakoh, Abdul Ganiyu and Richard Senanu did not travel due to injury.
Goalkeepers: Felix Annan, Kwame Baah, Osei Kwame
Defenders: Samuel Frimpong, Ampem Dacosta, Augustine Sefah, Evans Owusu, Patrick Yeboah, Stephen Ayiku Tetteh, Habib Mohammed, Wahab Adams, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu
Midfielders: Alexis Didi, Justice Blay, Jordan Opoku, Kelvin Andoh, Augustine Okrah, Emmanuel Gyamfi, Godfred Asiamah, Martin Antwi
Strikers: George Abege, Richard Arthur, Naby Keita