Ghana vs Uganda: Five Players Expected to Start for the Black Stars After Nigeria Defeat

Ghana vs Uganda: Five Players Expected to Start for the Black Stars After Nigeria Defeat

Lukman Mumuni
March 26, 2024 at 7:26 AM
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  • The Black Stars will face Uganda in Morocco on Tuesday
  • Otto Addo will hope to bounce back from the Nigeria defeat
  • Some new players are expected to start against Uganda

The Black Stars of Ghana will return to action on Tuesday following their defeat to Nigeria when they take on the Cranes of Uganda in a friendly in Morocco.

New coach, Otto Addo, is working around the clock to get the best team for the next international break in June, where Ghana will face Mali and the Central African Republic in World Cup qualifiers.

With Thomas Partey, Mohammed Kudus, Inaki Williams and Joseph Paintsil all missing for the friendlies in Marrakech, Addo wants to test the options available after inviting several debutants.

Black Stars, Ghana, Uganda, Tariq Lamptey, Abu Francis, friendly.
Black Stars players train ahead of Ghana's friendly against Uganda. Credit: @GhanaBlackstars.
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During the game against Nigeria, Red Bull Salzburg's Amankwah Forson, Ibrahim Osman of FC Nordsjaelland and Ebenezer Annan of Novi Pazar were handed their maiden caps.

As the team prepares to face Uganda, the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder is expected to field an entirely different team.

Here are 5 players expected to start:

Jojo Wollocat

The Hibernian goalkeeper has been yearning for another appearance with the national team after last featuring for the team at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. Injury ruled him out of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and did not make an appearance at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Otto Addo is expected to start Wollocat with his goalkeeping options minimal following the dropping of Richard Ofori.

Ibrahim Osman

Despite making a cameo against the Super Eagles of Nigeria, the 19-year-old Brighton-bound winger did not get enough time to show his qualities. He is expected to start against Uganda as the technical team exploits their options on the flanks since injuries seem to stall Kamaldeen Sulemana's return to the Black Stars.

Ebenezer Annan

Ghana has struggled with left-back players in recent times, especially with Gideon Mensah in and out of the squad and Baba Rahman calling for time off on his international career. On Friday, Addo started Patrick Kpozo before later replacing him with Ebenezer Annan.

The Bologna loanee showed glimpses of his enormous potential and seems to have convinced the coach for a starting role.

Tariq Lamptey

The Brighton defender made his first appearance for the Black Stars since the 2022 FIAF World Cup after coming on in the second half of the defeat to Nigeria. Lamptey was one of the best players against the Super Eagles, forcing brilliant saves from Stanley Nwabali.

Following that display on Friday, Lamptey is expected to replace Alidu Seidu in the starting line-up against Uganda.

Abu Francis

The Cercles Brugge midfielder was unused in the match against Nigeria last Friday. However, he offers coach Otto Addo a good option in midfield due to his progressive style of play. Francis' ability to connect the defense with attack is admirable.

He is expected to start ahead of either Samed Abdul Salis or Iddrisu Baba.

Addo opens up ahead of Uganda clash

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Black Stars coach Addo said his team will not underestimate the Cranes of Uganda ahead of their international friendly on Tuesday.

The four-time African champions face Uganda as part of preparations ahead of the return of the World Cup qualifiers in June.

Ghana lost to arch-rivals Nigeria on Friday and will hope to bounce back against the East African nation.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.