RTU captain Abagna Sandan elated with maiden Ghana call up ahead of 2021 Afcon


The young midfielder, who was handed his maiden call-up to the Black Stars ahead of the Afcon, says he cannot hide his joy for the opportunity

Real Tamale United midfielder David Abagna Sandan has expressed his excitement following his maiden senior national team call-up by Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac.

The 23-year-old was named in the Black Stars 30-man provisional squad that will preparing to participate in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations holding in Cameroon in January.

“I was tensed and couldn’t watch nor listened to the live coverage of the announcement of the squad.My friend listened and alerted me that I’ve been handed a call up,” Abagna told Fox FM.

“Right now, I am filled with so much excitement,thanks to God. I do not know how to express my feelings but I feel very privileged about this invitation.

“This is an opportunity and I am hoping to continue my hard work to get the team going.I will try to be at my topmost best.

“It has come to the time where the grace of God has located me.I pray that I go and prove my best and deliver,” he added.

Abagna thanked Ghanaians and Milovan for the trust imposed on him.

To everyone who has kept pushing for the inclusion of local players in the squad,we thank them for having the confidence in us,we call on them to keep supporting us,” he said.

“I thank coach Milovan Rajevac and everyone who saw my works and called for my inclusion in the squad.Another way of saying thank you is being at your best,I promise to be at my best.”

Abagna currently lead Ghana Premier League goal king race with eight goals and an assist after nine games.

The Black Stars team will be in Doha for a period of three weeks to prepare for the Tournament scheduled for Cameroon from January 9 to February 6, 2022.

The Black Stars will play three International friendly matches in Qatar to give Coach Milovan Rajevac the opportunity to assess his squad for the Tournament.

Ghana are expected to play a yet to named club side on Tuesday, December 28, before taking on one of the Africa Cup of Nations qualified teams on Friday, January 1, 2022 in another friendly.

The team will wrap up their test matches against African Champions Algeria on Wednesday, January 5, 2022.

The Black Stars will depart Doha for Yaoundé on Friday, January 7, 2022 to take on the rest of Africa at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.


Team open camp on December 22, 2021

First Friendly match against a club side – December 28, 2021

Second friendly match against AFCON bound country – January 1, 2022

Third friendly against Algeria – January 5, 2022

Departure to Cameroon – January 7, 2022

Submission of final squad – December 30, 2021

Ghana last won the Afcon in 1982 but have been in final in 1992, 2010 and 2015.


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