Accidents alter Black Stars squad

Black Stars Coach, Otto Addo, has been compelled to drop his two prime goalkeepers and put his religion within the fingers of third-choice goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi after accidents to first-choice Joseph Wollacott and second-choice Richard Ofori dominated them out of the upcoming FIFA World Cup.

The absence of the 2 main goalkeepers additionally opened the door for Asante Kotoko’s younger goalkeeper, Ibrahim Danlad, who’s the third goalkeeper named for the match, along with Manaf Nuredeen of Belgian membership, KAS Eupen.

Yesterday, Addo defended his selections as he named his closing 26-man squad for the World Cup, with damage additionally knocking out favourite defensive midfielder, Baba Idrissu of Spanish aspect, RCD Mallorca.

The exit of Idrissu has paved the way in which for extremely rated Salis Abdul Samed, who has by no means featured for the nationwide staff. However his distinctive efficiency for RC Lens in France couldn’t be missed, simply as Membership Brugges’ proper winger, Kamal Sowah, whose presence will beef up the Black Stars assault.

Insults/surprises

There are only a few surprises within the Ghana squad, which incorporates two debutants and Hearts of Oak ahead, Daniel Afriyie Barnieh, the second home-based participant, together with Danlad, to make it to Qatar.

Wollacott, 26, had established himself within the nationwide staff and stored the publish in all aggressive video games, together with excelling within the World Cup playoff second leg match in opposition to the Tremendous Eagles in Abuja, which secured Ghana a ticket to a fourth World Cup look.

His World Cup dream got here crashing final Saturday after sustaining a freak damage whereas warming up forward of Charlton’s 3-3 draw with Burton Albion on the Pirelli Stadium.

He’s anticipated to endure surgical procedure on the injured finger in London this week.

Equally, Ofori, who’s the second vice-captain of the staff, is recovering from a knee damage which stored him out of Orlando Pirates’ Carling Cup closing conflict with Kaiser Chiefs final Saturday.

Spectacular efficiency

Additionally making it to Qatar are former Spain worldwide, Inaki Williams, and former England U-21 star, Tariq Lamptey, who, in July, accomplished their worldwide change to symbolize Ghana the place their mother and father hail from.

For 25-year-old Ati-Zigi, he goes into the match having made 5 appearances for the Black Stars and on the again of spectacular performances for his Swiss Tremendous League aspect, St Gallen.

He first represented Ghana because the first-choice goalie for the Black Satellites on the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.
Coach Addo chosen his gamers from 10 nations — Ghana (2), England (7), Portugal (1), Qatar (1), Spain (2), France (5), Switzerland (1), Germany (1), The Netherlands (1) and Belgium (4).

Andre’s third mission

Skipper Andre Ayew leads the staff to his third World Cup, after earlier appearances within the 2010 and 2014 competitions. The staff’s most skilled participant, with 109 appearances since his worldwide debut in 2007, Andre Ayew and his youthful brother, Jordan, are the one gamers within the Ghana squad with earlier World Cup expertise.

Jordan represented Ghana on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, with the 31-year-old Crystal Palace ahead making 83 appearances for the nationwide staff since 2010.

Coach defends choice

In defending his squad, the 47-year-old coach stated the technical staff chosen the 26 gamers after contemplating plenty of elements, together with the efficiency of the gamers and their dedication to the nationwide staff.

“We’ve got standards and values ​​on and off the pitch which we contemplate, and so they embrace the readiness and willingness to play for Ghana if you end up known as. Typically you need to sacrifice,” he defined at yesterday’s unveiling of the staff on the DSTv workplace in Accra.

“I’ve my key efficiency indicators that are my fashion and what I need to see in gamers. I am versatile in my strategy and I desire a well-balanced staff,” he added.

The squad
Goalkeepers:

Lawrence Ati-Zigi (St Gallen, Switzerland), Danlad Ibrahim (Asante Kotoko, Ghana), Manaf Nurudeen (Eupen, Belgium)

Defenders:

Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo, Spain), Daniel Amartey (Leicester Metropolis, England), Abdul-Rahman Baba (Studying, England), Alexander Djiku (Racing Strasbourg, France), Tariq Lamptey (Brighton & Hove Albion, England), Gideon Mensah (AJ Auxerre, France), Denis Odoi (Membership Brugge, Belgium), Mohammed Salisu (Southampton, England), Alidu Seidu (Clermont Foot, France)

Midfielders:

Andre Ayew (Al Sadd, Qatar), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Daniel-Kofi Kyereh (SC Freiburg, Germany), Elisha Owusu (Gent, Belgium), Thomas Partey (Arsenal, England), Salis Abdul Samed ( Racing Lens, France)

Forwards:

Daniel Afriyie Barnieh (Hearts of Oak, Ghana), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace, England), Osman Bukari (Purple Star Belgrade, Serbia), Issahaku Abdul Fatawu (Sporting Lisbon, Portugal), Antoine Semenyo (Bristol Metropolis, England), Kamal Sowah (Membership Brugge, Belgium), Kamaldeen Sulemana (Stade Rennes, France), Inaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao, Spain).

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