Four Players Who Made their Ghana Debut During the International Break and How They Fared

Four Players Who Made their Ghana Debut During the International Break and How They Fared

Lukman Mumuni
updated at March 29, 2024 at 4:10 AM
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  • Ghana were winless during the international break
  • Otto Addo gave four players their senior debut
  • The Black Stars will face Mali and CAR in June

The international break for March is over and several national teams took the opportunity to test their players ahead of competitive football in June.

For countries in Africa, the 2026 World Cup qualifiers return in June as the quest for a place in the USA, Canada and Mexico continues.

Ghana used the break to try some new players as Otto Addo prepared his team for the matches against Mali and the Central African Republic.

Ibrahim Osman, Amankwah Forson, Francis Abu, Ebenezer Annan
Ibrahim Osman, Amankwah Forson, Francis Abu and Ebenezer Annan make their Ghana debut. Credit: @GhanaBlackstars
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The coach who was also making his return to the national team gave debuts to four players.

Sports Brief looks at the four players who made their first appearance for the Black Stars in the friendlies against Nigeria and Uganda.

Amankwah Forson

The Red Bull Salzburg midfielder earned his first-ever invite for the games in March after an impressive season with the Austrian giants. Forson started the game against Nigeria and was one of Ghana's brightest spots in the game, collecting and distributing passes effortlessly. His ball-holding ability and accurate passing was impressive.

He also came on in the second half of the 2-2 draw against Uganda on Tuesday.

Ebenezer Annan

The Bologna player, who is currently on loan at Novi Pazar, came off the bench in the 2-1 defeat to Nigeria. Otto Addo handed him a starting role on the game against Uganda and despite showing some good defensive display, he conceded the penalty that saw the Cranes level after Ghana's early lead.

Ibrahim Osman

The Brighton-bound winger made cameo appearances in the two matches. He barely made an impression, however, he seems to be one for the future for Ghana football. Addo will be looking at making Osman a part of his rebuilding.

Francis Abu

Probably, the player to have showed more on his debut for the Black Stars. The Belgium-born midfielder needed only 64 minutes against Uganda to make a claim for himself. Abu, who plays for Cercle Brugge, was a late addition to the squad but impressed in the game against the Cranes. He could be receiving an invite in June for the World Cup qualifiers.

Otto Addo takes positives from friendlies

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Otto Addo insists the international friendlies against Nigeria and Uganda has been a 'good learning cure' for the Black Stars despite being unable to win a game.

Ghana lost 2-1 to the Super Eagles before they were held to a 2-2 draw against Uganda on Tuesday.

Addo, a former Ghana player, was reappointed coach of the Black Stars early this month following the sacking of Chris Hughton.

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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.