Black Stars head coach Kwesi Appiah was left impressed by the performance of the new players in their 1-0 loss to Namibia in the pre-Afcon friendly in Dubai.

The 58-year-old says the new players are giving good competition to the more experienced boys in camp ahead of the announcement of his 23-man squad on Monday.

Coach Appiah invited five new players for the pre-AFCON camping in the United Arab Emirates including locally based duo Fatau Safiu and Mohammed Alhassan of Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak respectively.

Samuel Owusu of Cukaricki and Kwabena Owusu of Leganes complete the list of new players in camp.

“The new players in the team are doing so well,” he said. ” They are really giving the other players competition and that is what I really need.

“They are really doing so well.”

Another player who was named for the first time into the team was Musah Nuhu of Saint Gallen, but his stay with the team in Dubai was cut short due to injury.

Ghana have been placed in Group F alongside defending champions Cameroon, Guinea Bissau and Benin.

The tournament kicks off on June 21.

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