Ghana Football Association spokesperson Ibrahim Sannie-Daara has explained why Black Stars training begun before the naming of a provisional squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

There were surprises at the team’s opening training session in Accra on Wednesday including Ghana Premier League Most Valuable Player Latif Blessing, Godsway Donyoh, goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi and Turkey-based Nuru Sulley.

AIK Stockholm star Ebenezer Ofori, striker Raphael Dwamena and Schalke 04 kid Bernard Tekpetey were also present.

''This is not an official training. As we know, our official training starts when the teams are supposed to release their players for the official training and that according to the law is 14 days before the tournament starts,'' Daara told the media at Wednesday training.

Black Stars head coach Avram Grant is expected to announce his full squad for their pre-tournament tour of UAE on 31 December in Accra.