Who has Ghana’s couch selected for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar (video)?
The KAS Eupen goalkeeper made his debut for the Black Stars during the Kirin Cup tournament, impressing in the penalty shootout victory against Chile. He has made just an appearance for the Black Stars. He is expected to start following the absence of Jojo Wollacot and Richard Ofori.
One of the two local players making the team for the World Cup. The Asante Kotoko goalkeeper is a late inclusion to the team. He is yet to make his debut for the Black Stars. The 20-year-old has represented Ghana at various youth levels.
The St Gallen shot-stopper is the most experienced goalkeeper in the current Ghana team. Having represented Ghana at various tourneys, he is expected to provide some leadership in that department.
Tariq Kwame Nii Lante Lamptey
The English-born Ghanaian plies his trade in the Premier League with Brighton and Hove Albion. The 22-year-old played for England at youth team levels before switching nationalities to represent Ghana at the senior level. He has made one appearance for the Black Stars and it was in the friendly against Brazil in September.
Lamptey is versatile and can play on both sides of the lateral defense.
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A key member of French side Clermont Foot, Seidu made his Black Stars debut during the Kirin Cup tournament in Japan, impressing coach Otto Addo. His performances in Ligue 1 have seen him sign a long-term contract with Clermont Foot.
The 22-year-old is versatile and can play across all positions in defense. He can also play as a defensive midfielder.
Born in Montpellier-France, the 28-year-old decided to represent Ghana in 2020 and has since been a stalwart for the Black Stars. Djiku played a huge role as Ghana qualified for the World Cup in Qatar. He formed a formidable partnership with Daniel Amartey during the playoffs against Nigeria. Djiku was responsible for keeping Victor Osimhen mute in that game.
He plies his trade in Ligue 1 with FC Strasbourg, where he is currently the deputy captain.
Mensah will be making his first appearance at the World Cup with Ghana. The Auxerre left-back bid his time to break into the Black Stars team. The 24-year-old has been one of the most consistent players in the Black Stars squad in the last two years.
His versatility came to the fore during the playoffs against Nigeria.
Born in Belgium, Odoi once featured for the Red Devils but decided to switch nationalities early this year. Odoi, who plays for Club Brugge, made his debut in the World Cup playoff against Nigeria in Kumasi. He has since been a regular and the first-choice right-back for Otto Addo.
Odoi at 34 is the oldest member of Ghana’s squad at the World Cup.
Amartey is one of the most experienced players on the Black Stars team. He made his debut for Ghana on January 19, 2015, and has since made over 40 appearances for the team. The Leicester City player has been in different tournaments with the Black Stars but this will be his first World Cup.
The Southampton defender has only two Ghana caps, having made his debut against Brazil during an international friendly in September before following it up with the game against Nicaragua. The 23-year-old highly-rated center-back is expected to play a key role in Qatar if the Black Stars are to excel.
The Chelsea defender currently on loan at Reading has enormous experience playing for the Black Stars. The 28-year-old made his debut for the Black Stars on September 10, 2014, and has since been a regular member of the national team. He played every single minute of AFCON 2015 as Ghana reached the final.
This will be his first appearance at the World Cup.
Ayew is heading for his third World Cup and will captain the team for the first time at the tournament. The 32-year-old is the most experienced member of the team, featuring at the 2010 and 2014 competitions. Ayew has made 107 appearances for Ghana, scoring 23 goals including two at the World Cup.
These days he plies his trade in Qatar with Al Sadd.
One of the players to watch out for in the Ghana squad. At 22, Kudus is already attracting interest from some of the major clubs in Europe including Borussia Dortmund. The Ajax star heads to the World Cup as the club’s top scorer with nine goals in the Eredivisie and the UEFA Champions League.
He made his Ghana debut on November 14, 2019, against South Africa, scoring in that game.
The Arsenal star is arguably Ghana’s best player at the moment. Partey scored the goal that helped Ghana qualify for the World Cup. He is the deputy captain of the Black Stars and a lot will be expected of the 29-year-old. Partey made his debut on June 5, 2016, and has since made 40 appearances, scoring 13 goals.
Kyereh has fourteen games for the Black Stars after making his debut for the team on September 3, 2021. He represented Ghana at his first tournament during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon early this year.
The 26-year-old Freiburg midfielder is making his second appearance at a major tournament with the Black Stars in Qatar.
Ghana will want to make the most of the 2022 World Cup after missing out on the 2018 edition.
New boss Otto Addo took charge during the country’s final push for qualification and got the team over the line as they held Nigeria to a 1-1 draw in the final round to clinch their ticket for Qatar based on away goals.
A quarter-final appearance in 2010 remains Ghana’s best finish at a World Cup, with the Black Stars losing to Uruguay that year in dramatic fashion following a penalty shoot-out.
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List of Ghana black stars squad for 2022 world cup
Joe Wollacott who was expected to be the first-choice goalkeeper at the World Cup is out of the squad due to injury.
Mohammed Salisu, Alexander Djiku and Daniel Amartey will hope to be part of Ghana’s defense at the World Cup and have strong claims to a ticket to Qatar.
Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey could also make a shout to be included following confirmation that he will play for Ghana at an international level, with Abdul Rahman Baba another name that will be high on Addo’s list.
Baba Abdul Rahman
Andre Ayew, Thomas Partey, and Mohammed Kudus are the must-haves in midfield for Addo.
Abdul Fatawu Issahaku
Daniel Kofi Kyereh
Abdul Salis Samed
Daniel Afriyie Barnieh
The squad is led by captain Andre Ayew, while Inaki Williams, Jordan Ayew, Daniel Amartey, and Thomas Partey are also included.
Jordan Ayew is a straight pick for the World Cup squad but he will also expect Sporting wonder kid Abdul Issahaku to join the attack.
Inaki Williams is another straightforward pick for Ghana after he made himself available to play for Ghana earlier this year.
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