Ghana midfielder Anthony Annan will remain with the Black Stars in Gabon despite news that he lost his mother on Thursday night.
The Dutch-based player who has started all three of Ghana’s group games in the competition so far got news of his mother’s death on Thursday night after a short illness but says he will remain with the squad.
“The Ghana Football Association is deeply saddened to hear of the death of the mother of Anthony Annan, Madam Sophia Sampson,” Ghana FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi said in a statement.
“Our thoughts are with Anthony, his family and relatives on this very sad day for us.
“We have spoken with Anthony and his family in Ghana to offer our support at this difficult time.
“As Anthony has decided not to leave the Nations Cup to go home, the GFA, the coaches, players and staff will continue to offer him our constant support.”
Annan has been an influential figure for Ghana so far at the competition in the middle of the park where he has been one of two central midfielders for Ghana as he was at the 2008, 2010 Nations Cups and the 2010 World Cup.