Once a darling boy of ‘NEW’ Black Stars team, Felix Afena Ohene-Gyan has faced utmost rejection from the various senior national teams after his recent snub by Black Stars and Black Meteors coaches respectively.
The 20-year-old Ghanaian prodigy was the main attacker for the Stars last year at this time in the 2022 World Cup playoffs the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
He played a big role in the team’s qualification to the FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar in 2022 and was snubbed by Otto Addo when he named his final squad.
On 1 June 2022, Afena-Gyan scored his first international goal, as he contributed to the Black Stars’ 3–0 win against Madagascar in the first match of the qualifiers to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations: in the same occasion, he also provided the assist for Mohammed Kudus’ opening goal.
He’s played 16 games in the 2022-23 Italy Serie A for U. S. Cremonese and has one assist and boast of two goals in the Coppa Italia.
Nonetheless, the Black Meteors coach Ibrahim Tanko augmented his squad with eight foreign based players for the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Algeria without including the promising Star.
Ghana will travel to Annaba for the 1st leg on Friday, March 24, 2023 before hosting the North Africans at the Baba Yara Sports stadium on Wednesday, March 28, 2023.
The invited players include FC Basel midfielder Emmanuel Essiam, Abdul Fatawu Issahaku of Sporting Lisbon and Emmanuel Yeboah of CFR Cruj.
Others include, Alex Sarfo, Ernest Nuamah (FC Nordsjaelland), Zubairu Ibrahim (FK Jedinstvo Ub) former Hearts of Oak midfielder Adams Salim (FC Cincinnati) and Daniel Afriyie Banierh who now plays for FC Zurich.