Black Stars'coach Milovan Rajevac has named the much anticipated final squad for the World Cup in South Africa from Juune 11 and July 11.
He appears ruthless in basing his final 23-man squad, strictly on match fitness and current form axing four experienced players including midfielder Laryea Kingston.
German-born Kevin Prince Boateng, who recently switched nationality to play for his native Ghana, made the final list drawn up by the Serbian coach.
However, the exclusion of Kingston has shocked soccer fans in the country many of whom had tipped him to make the final squad after missing the 2006 tournament because of suspension.
The axing of the former Scotland-based midfielder compounds his misery after his contract with Scottish side, Hearts was not renewed because of his price tag.
Other experienced players who suffered the misery of being left out, include Holland-based defender Eric Addo and 2006 World Cup hero Haminu Dramani.
Midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu will not recover in time for the tournament in South Africa, while Bennard Yao Kumordzi also failed to make the grade.
Aduana Stars' goalkeeper Stephen Adams was left out, but the inclusion of stylish winger Quincy Owusu Abeyie will be welcomed by fans of the Dutch-born youngster who returns to the fold after two years.
Derek Boateng, who has also impressed in the Spanish top flight this season, makes the final squad; so is AC Milan youngster Dominic Adiyiah.
Adiyiah, who was noted Best Player at the U-20 World Cup last year, is among four players in the youth squad who won their places to the global tournament.
His U-20 colleagues, Jonathan Mensah, Samuel Inkoom, Andre Ayew and goalkeeper Daniel Adjei, all made it into the final squad.
Ayew’s brother, Ibrahim, seems to have profited from the injuries of Agyeman-Badu and Michael Essien, but crucially his utility abilities mean he can deputize in the left back and midfield positions.
Ibrahim’s inclusion ensures that legend Abedi Pele, who did not play in the World Cup in his career, will have two sons playing in the tournament’s first hosting in Africa which he campaigned for.
Striker Prince Tagoe, who was told by doctors of German club, Hoffenheim, 10 months ago that his career has ended because of a heart defect, will complete a fairytale year after being chosen in the squad.
He missed the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola in January, because of that problem but returns to partner Asamoah Gyan in attack after being cleared following subsequent medical reviews.
The other strikers in the team are Matthew Amoah and Adiyiah.
The Black Stars will also benefit from the experience of captain Stephen Appiah, John Mensah, John Paintsil, Hans Adu Sarpei and goalkeeper Richard Kingston.
Kwadwo Asamoah, Sulley Muntari, defenders Isaac Vorsah and Lee Addy are all in the final squad.
Three home-based players made the squad goalkeepers Stephen Ahorlu and Adei, as well as defender Addy.
The Black Stars will play Holland and Latvia in friendlies before heading to South Africa to play Serbia, Australia and Germany in Group D of the tournament.