Ghana World Cup squad: News and analysis ahead of Qatar 2022 team announcement

Ghana are back at the World Cup after failing to qualify for the tournament in Russia four years ago.

Before that, they had participated in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 editions of the competition.

Head coach Otto Addo only took charge of Ghana earlier this year, ahead of their CAF World Cup play-off against Nigeria. The team had previously topped their qualifying group, finishing ahead of South Africa thanks to their head-to-head record.

Addo guided Ghana to a goalless draw at home in the first leg, with Nigeria drawing 1-1 in the second leg, seeing them qualify for the World Cup by winning the tie on away goals .

This year, Ghana have been drawn into Group H alongside Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea. It sees them face Uruguay for the first time since their infamous 2010 World Cup quarter-final, where Luis Suarez’s handball down the line stopped a certain goal for Ghana which would have seen them win the match and move on to the next round. In the end, Asamoah Gyan missed the resulting free kick and Ghana lost in the ensuing penalty shootout.

Ghana also played Portugal in the 2014 group stage. Portugal won that final group game 2-1, a result which prevented Ghana from advancing to the knockout stages.

Ghana’s squad includes several big names in European club football, such as Arsenal’s Thomas Partey and Ajax’s Mohammed Kudus, as well as a few players who have recently changed nationalities to represent the African nation. Brighton & Hove Albion’s Tariq Lamptey and Athletic Bilbao’s Inaki Williams are two examples and both are hoping to represent Ghana in Qatar, whose hosting of the tournament is controversial for reasons outlined in this article.

Ghana’s newest international team

Guardians: Richard Ofori (Orlando Pirates), Joe Wollacott (Swindon Town), Abdul Manaf Nurudeen (Eupen).

Defenders: Denis Odoi (Club Brugge), Tariq Lamptey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Alidu Seidu (Clermont Foot), Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo), Gideon Mensah (Bordeaux), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City), Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg), Abdul Rahman Baba (Reading), Mohammed Salisu (Southampton), Stephan Ambrosius (Karlsruher).

Midfielders: Thomas Partey (Arsenal), Iddrisu Baba (Real Mallorca), Elisha Owusu (Gent), Daniel-Kofi Kyereh (Fribourg), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax), Andre Ayew (Al Saad).

Forwards: Osman Bukari (Nantes), Kamaldeen Sulemana (Rennes), Daniel Afriyie (Hearts of Oak), Ransford-Yeboah Konigsdorffer (Hamburg), Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City), Abdul Fatawu Issahaku (Sporting Lisbon), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace), Felix Afena-Gyan (Roma), Inaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao), Benjamin Tetteh (Hull).

Ghana’s recent calls

Guardians: Richard Attah (Hearts of Oak).

Defenders: Johnathan Mensah (Columbus Crew), Nicholas Opoku (Amiens).

Midfielders: Alfred Duncan (Fiorentina).

Forwards: Richmond Boakye (Lamia), Samuel Owusu (Cukaricki).

World Cup Team Key Dates

Friday October 21: Preliminary team list (35-55 players) to be submitted

Monday, November 14: Final list of 23 to 26 players to submit

Tuesday 15 November: FIFA will officially announce the 32 teams

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