As expected, social media was thrown into a frenzy upon Ghana's unveiling of their final 23-man squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.Currently camping in the United Arab Emirates, coach James Kwesi Appiah's roster, whittled down from 28, featured a few surprises.
FC Porto striker Abdul Majeed Waris could not make the final squad, leading to speculation that he boycotted a team meeting in anger.
USA-based Ebenezer Ofori, who played at the last Afcon in Gabon, was also cut off but there was a place for Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew, who scored only one league goal last season.
Asante Kotoko goalkeeper Felix Annan is the only Ghana-based player in the team headed for Egypt, following the exclusion of teammate Abdul Safiu Fatawu and Hearts of Oak defender Mohammed Alhassan.
Ghana U-23 captain Yaw Yeboah was the last casualty of Appiah's final call.
Below are some reactions from Twitter upon announcement of the team set to face Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau in Group F of the June 21-July 19 championship:
CONFUSION: Angry Majeed Waris boycotts meeting to announce his Black Stars axing for AFCON.......................GSN— tonybebli (@TBebli) June 11, 2019
Good morning Ghana, on behalf of @warisgh10 and @fatawusafui I wld like to make it clear that, Both players have accepted their exclusion from the 23 man squad named by coach Kwesi Appiah in good faith. As human as we are it’s normal to be disappointed in times like this. It’s ..— YUSSIF CHIBSAH (@CHIBSONY17) June 11, 2019
I’m truly excited for @van_felix12. If any one local player deserved a slot in the Black Stars, it’s him. Consistent and proven at Kotoko and that’s just as big as it gets from home. Congrats and all the best champ! pic.twitter.com/jkI4QHfo4O— Nyfa ???????? (@Kotokovski) June 10, 2019
Hearts of Oak defender Mo Alhassan on his exit from Black Stars:"First of all, I won't say I feel bad because even being here I am very happy."I am going back home to work even very harder and I know and believe in myself that, in the next call-up I will be included in the squad. pic.twitter.com/9BzG2f1ukO— Enock Kobina Essel (@kobinaessel39) June 11, 2019
I can coach black stars better than Akwasi apaaih tweeeaaaaaaaa No Formula— DJ VybzGh (@DjVybzGh) June 11, 2019
No direction, just go and play what u know apuuuu
Jordan Ayew in the 23 Black Stars final squad is still beating my imaginations.— FEELINGS OUTNOW! ??????? (@TonkraGH) June 10, 2019
I'm not a prohet or being "prophetic",but I'm beginning to see into the @AFCON2019 already in regards to the black stars....a chance to clear the air.......redeem the lost name..— Kelvin Poku Boateng (@kelvinnoble2) June 10, 2019
Ei, the way the Black Stars are preparing, if the cup doesn't come home... Hmm— M a n ü è ? ???????? (@OneRealManuel) June 10, 2019