Ghana's World Cup squad in 2022: Who is in, out, and why?

Ghana's World Cup squad in 2022: Who is in, out, and why?

Having missed the 2018 World cup, the Black Stars are back after eight years with a young and promising squad. They are among the five teams representing Africa in the prestigious football tournament. Ghana produced one of the most memorable performances by an African team in the 2010 World Cup when they reached the quarter-finals. Ghana's World Cup 2022 squad also consists of European-based players.

Ghana World Cup 2022 squad list
Ghana's players participate in a training session at Aspire training zone in Doha on 23 November 2022, before their opening World Cup match against Portugal. Photo: Khaled Desouki
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The Black Stars had a disappointing 2022 AFCON campaign and replaced head coach Milovan Rajevac with former international player Otto Addo. Fortunately, they were able to have a turnaround by eliminating Nigeria and booking a ticket to Qatar. Ghana's Black Stars squad for the World Cup has been released and includes a wealth of talents.

Ghana World Cup 2022 squad list

Otto Addo released his 26-man squad ahead of the tournament on 14 November 2022. He was one of the last coaches to announce his final list of players. The team was reduced from the initial 55-man provisional squad named on 2 November 2022.

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Is Gyan going to the 2022 World Cup?
The Black Stars celebrate a goal during a friendly football against Switzerland in Abu Dhabi on 17 November 2022. Photo: Ryan Lim
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Top names in Ghana's national football team include Arsenal's Thomas Partey, Jordan Ayew of Crystal Palace and Leicester City's Daniel Amartey. Former Spain international Inaki Williams, who plays for Athletic Bilbao, is another exciting inclusion.

Joseph Paintsil and Jeffrey Schlupp will miss out on the trip to the Middle East. Other surprising exclusions include RSC Anderlecht midfielder Majeed Ashimeru and former AS Roma youngster Felix Afena-Gyan.

Is Gyan going to the 2022 World Cup?

The Black Stars' all-time top scorer has been in the headlines following his rumoured return to the national team. However, in a recent interview, he cleared the air concerning his future with the team.

"I never said I will play for Black Stars, I was misquoted." Asamoah Gyan said. "But if people need me and there's motivation, why not, I can risk and come."

Gyan played at three consecutive World Cups for his nation. However, he is not part of the Ghana 26-man squad for the World Cup 2022 list.

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Ghana's final squad for World Cup 2022

Ghana World Cup 2022 squad list
Team Ghana disembarked a Qatar Airways flight ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 at Hamad International Airport Special Events Terminal on 18 November 2022 in Doha, Qatar. Photo: Tullio Puglia
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The Black stars have all it takes to make Africa proud again. All eyes will also be on Ghana's new players, who make their World Cup debut in Qatar. Below is a list of players who made it into Addo's final list.

Goalkeepers

Otto Addo is without experienced goalkeeper Joe Wollacott due to injury. As a result, Lawrence Ati-Zigi could start.

PlayerClubJersey no.Caps
Lawrence Ati ZigiSt Gallen (SWI)110
Ibrahim DanladAsante Kotoko (GHA)120
Manaf NurudeenEupen (BEL)160

Defenders

Mohammed Salisu, Alexander Djiku and Daniel Amartey are the prime candidates to lead the backline in Qatar. However, they face stiff competition from Brighton's Tariq Lamptey and Chelsea loanee Abdul Rahman Baba.

PlayerClubJersey no.Caps
Baba RahmanReading (ENG)1747
Daniel AmarteyLeicester City (ENG)1843
Joseph AidooCelta Vigo (SPA)1510
Alexander DijkuStrasbourg (FRA)2318
Gideon MensahAJ Auxerre (FRA)1411
Denis OdoiClub Brugge (BEL)34
Seidu AliduClermont Foot (FRA)262
Tariq LampteyBrighton (ENG)21
Mohamed SalisuSouthampton (ENG)41

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Midfielders

Head coach Otto Addo picked a host of experienced midfielders to help dictate the game against opponents. Arsenal's midfielder Thomas Partey is an undisputed starter if fit. Andre Ayew and Mohammed Kudus could make the starting IX.

PlayerClubJersey no.Caps
Andre AyewAl Sadd (QAT)10107
Thomas ParteyArsenal (ENG)540
Mohammed KudusAjax (NED)2016
Daniel Kofi-KyerehFreiburg (GER)812
Elisha OwusuGent (BEL)62
Salis Abdul SamedLens (FRA)210

Forwards

Andrew Ayew's young brother, Jordan Ayew, will lead the attack line alongside Sporting wonderkid Abdul Issahaku. The goalscoring department looks sharper and more promising with the addition of Inaki Williams, who recently switched his allegiance from Spain.

PlayerClubJersey no.Caps
Jordan AyewCrystal Palace (ENG)982
Abdul IssahakuSporting (POR)711
Kamaldeen Sulemana Stade Rennes (FRA)2211
Osman BukariRed Star Belgrade (SER)115
Daniel AfriyieHearts of Oak (GHA)135
Antoine SemenyoBristol City (ENG)251
Inaki WilliamsAthletic Club (ESP)191
Kamal SowahClub Brugge (BEL)240

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Who will be the captain of Ghana in 2022?

Veteran midfielder Andrew Ayew will captain the Blackstars as the most capped player in the team. Ayew took over the armband of the national team in May 2019, replacing Gyan. The Qatar-based midfielder is also the only player from Ghana's 2010 squad heading to Qatar.

Ghana coach

Who will be the captain of Ghana in 2022?
Ghana's coach Otto Addo (L) and captain Andre Ayew attend a press conference at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) in Doha on 23 November 2022. Photo: Khaled DESOUKI
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Otto Addo is the current head coach of the team. He is a German-born former winger who played for several European sides, including Borussia Dortmund, Mainz, Hamburg, Hannover and Hamburg. The tactician spent 16 years in his career and earned 15 caps for the national team.

Ghana's technical team consist of former Premier League manager Chris Hughton. He adds his vast experience managing clubs like Newcastle, Norwich City, and Brighton.

Ghana's starting 11

Ghana's starting 11
The Black Stars have assembled one of the most experienced squads in Africa. Photo: Khaled Desouki (modified by author)
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Addo will probably field a strong squad with a 4-1-4-1 formation to help his team dominate the midfield. Utilizing the wings will also be at the top of his agenda, especially with Inaki Williams' fast pace. Thomas Partey can also offer good protection to the defence as a lone defensive midfielder.

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Ghana's World Cup group

The African giants play in one of the most challenging groups in the tournament (group H) alongside Portugal, South Korea and Uruguay. The four teams will fight for the top two slots to advance to the knockout stage.

Ghana's World Cup 2022 fixtures

One of the most anticipated fixtures for the Black Stars is against Uruguay. The South American side left a bitter taste in Ghanaian fans after disappointingly eliminating them in the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup. Will this be a revenge mission for Ghana?

Ghana's first match will be against Portugal on 24 November 2022 at Stadium 974 before facing South Korea on 28 November at Education City Stadium. Their last group game will be against Uruguay on 2 December at Al Janoub Stadium.

Ghana's World Cup 2022 jersey

The Black Stars will wear white jerseys for home matches and red for away games. Their white jerseys also feature colours of the Ghanaian flag on the cuffs. Meanwhile, the away shirt is mainly red with a slightly darker central vertical stripe on the front. Puma's logo sits inside the strip and is yellow. It is also present on each sleeve.

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Ghana's World Cup squad in 2022 has the potential to reach the knockouts for the third time in their history. The Black Stars made it to the Round of 16 in 2006 and the quarter-finals in 2010.

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Sportsbrief.com also featured a list of players who will represent Spain's national football team in the World Cup. La Roja won the title in 2010 and will aim to clinch a second in Qatar. Head coach Luis Enrique made surprising inclusions and exclusions in his 26-man squad.

Veteran defender Sergio Ramos and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea are the notable absentees. Follow the above link to discover who is in and out of the team.

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