As the 2022 Football World Cup slowly draws to a close, We Sport takes stock of the 32 selections that will meet in Qatar next November. Today, zoom on Ghana, the last African selection to have reached the quarter-finals of the competition.
Since the beginning of the summer, Ghana has been showing rather convincing results on the African continent. During the last international window, the Black Stars easily got rid of Madagascar (3-0) before coming up against the Central African Republic (1-1) in the qualifiers for the next African Cup of Nations. We then saw a selection made up solely of players playing in Ghana make a clear round in qualifying for the next African Nations Championship, with a double victory against Benin and a success against Nigeria. Only hitch for this local selection, a defeat against Qatar where there were players who will represent the host country of the next World Cup.
To prepare for the next World Cup, the players who will be selected by Otto Addo have so far planned three matches. At the end of September, they will first face Brazil, an opponent they could meet again at the World Cup if he manages to extricate himself from his group, then Nicaragua on the side of Lorca in Spain. The Black Stars will complete their preparation against Switzerland on November 17 in Abu Dhabi, a week before their start in the world championship.
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World Cup 2022: Ghana’s schedule for the 2022 World Cup
Placed in Pool H, Ghana will start their World Cup with an opponent they know well: Portugal. Indeed, the Lusitanians are the last to have faced the Black Stars in the World Cup, during the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. Asamoah Gyan’s Ghana, captain and scorer that day, then lost 2 to 1 , crucified by a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo late in the game. If Asamoah Gyan retired last year, CR7 will still be present on the road to Ghana.
The Ghanaians next play against South Korea, an opponent they know well enough having faced them nine times. Otto Addo’s players will approach the match with confidence, they who have won three times in the last four games played since 2006. Finally, Ghana will meet Uruguay in a meeting that will smell good of the 2010 World Cup. he time, the Black Stars, a surprise team in the competition, had found the Celeste of Diego Forlhasn in the quarter-finals, but lost on penalties in a meeting that will be remembered, especially for the hand of Luis Suhasground on his line and the penalty missed by Asamoah Gyan in stride. Ghana will have the opportunity to take revenge, even if, like 12 years ago, Uruguay will leave quite a lot of favorites in this meeting.
The full Ghana calendar
- Thursday, November 24: Portugal-Ghana
5 p.m., at Stadium 974 (Doha), broadcast by beIN Sports
- Monday, November 28: South Korea-Ghana
2 p.m., at the Education City Stadium (Doha), broadcast by beIN Sports
- Friday, December 2: Ghana-Uruguay
4 p.m., at Al-Janoub Stadium (Al-Wakrah), broadcast by beIN Sports
Ghana players for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
While waiting for coach Otto Addo’s complete and final list, here’s what Ghana’s 26 should look like for the 2022 FIFA World Cup:
Guardians: Abdul Nuruden (Eupen, Belgium) Joe Wollacott (Charlton, England), Lawrence Zigi (FC St. Gallen, Switzerland)
Defenders: Joseph Aidoo (Celtic Vigo, Spain), Daniel Amartey (Leicester, England), Abdul Rahman Baba (Reading, England), Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg, France), Gideon Mensah (AJ Auxerre, France), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew, USA), Abdul Mumin (Rayo Vallecano, Spain), Dennis Odoi (Club Brugge, Belgium), Andy Yiadom (Reading, England)
Environments : Edmund Addo (Sheriff Tiraspol, Moldova), Idrissu Baba Mohammad (Majorca, Spain), Mohammad Kudus (Ajax Amsterdam, Netherlands), Daniel-Kofi Kyereh (Freiburg, Germany), Thomas Partey (Arsenal, England), Elisha Owusu (Gantoise, Belgium)
Forwards: Felix Afena-Gyan (Cremonese, Italy), Andre Ayew (Al Sadd, Qatar), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace, England), Abdul Fatawu (Sporting Lisbon, Portugal), Samuel Owusu (Cukaricki, Serbia), Joseph Paintsil (RC Genk, Belgium), Kamaldeen Sulemana (Rennes, France), Inaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao, Spain)
Playing mainly in 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3, Ghana should revolve around the central hinge Amartey / Djiku and Thomas Partey in midfield. If the Black Stars move with a No.10, the role could go to Mohammed Kuddus, while a two-winger scheme could benefit Kamaldeen Sulemana and Abdul Fatawu. We will carefully monitor which scorer will be lined up during the international window in September – even if Inaki Williams will not participate, as many of them have started (J.Ayew, Afena-Gyan, Williams).
What ambitions for Ghana?
Qualified surprise for the World Cup after a disappointing CAN, Ghana will not start as favorites in a strong Group H. If the Black Stars seem a step below Portugal and Uruguay, Otto Addo’s players can play the spoilsports, especially as the team sees a very promising young generation gradually taking power. With a mixture of experience (the Ayew brothers), confirmed players (Djiku, Amartey, Partey) and world football hopefuls (Sulemana, Fatawu, Kudus), Ghana could play the head cutters and create a surprise. If it will surely be necessary for the Ghanaians to reach the round of 16, they who are hierarchically third in their group, a qualification is not to be excluded and would represent a good performance for a country which is renewing itself.
World Cup 2022: Where to watch Ghana’s live matches?
Holder of the full rights for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the beIN Sports channel will broadcast the three group matches of Ghana. Another broadcaster of the competition, TF1 has not planned to broadcast any of the matches of the group stages where the Black Stars will be engaged.
In Ghana, it will be possible to follow the Qatari world on SuperSport or New World TV, which has acquired the rights to all the matches for the competition in the French-speaking countries of sub-Saharan Africa.
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