Ghana's Squad for the FIFA World Cup 2022: who plays, who is injured

The biggest football event kick starts in some hours, precisely Sunday 20th November 2022 and the football world is already agog as they are eager to get started with business in the Middle East. Check out our bets and predictions for the 2022 World Cup!

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All countries participating in the mundial - 32 countries, the very last time the tournament will be played by that number are also ready to serve the world the best of football from the sands. The unusuality of this year’s mundial as it is played in a different time of the year has raised hopes that they could be just an unusual winner of the World Cup this year.

African football fans and Asian football fans are of the opinion that one country from the two continents can finally lay their hands on the trophy to make a complete historical event. And to add to that belief, Ghanian coach, Otto Ado also confirmed that anything can happen in the sands of Qatar.

“We have the quality to beat them. If we progress from the group, anything is possible,” Otto said in an interview with FIFA.

While Otto already believes that his Black Stars team can go all the way and shine bright from the deserts, the world will be waiting if the West Africans and other African representatives as well the Asian representatives can pull a surprise against the odds this time.

Ghana were on the verge of pulling a surprise at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa but their scintillating run was stopped by Uruguay in the quarterfinals. Otto Ado and the players he has called up will have a huge task to replicate such performance this year, can they go all the way is what we await to unfold.

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Otto Ado is facing his first big test as a coach and he has put trust in 26 players to help him achieve greatness like they did when they knocked out arch rivals and neighbors Nigeria out of the World Cup race earlier this year.

Ado named quite a balanced squad for the tournament and also has new quality additions in the squad as some players have switched allegiances to play for the Black Stars. Here are the players to fly Ghana’s flag high at the 2022 World Cup.

PlayerClubPosition/ Jersey Number
Lawrence Ati-ZigiSt. GallenGoalkeeper / 1
Tariq Lamptey Brigton/Hove AlbionDefender / 2
Denis OdoiClub BruggeDefender / 3
Mohammed SalisuSouthamptonDefender / 4
Thomas ParteyArsenalMidfielder / 5
Elisha OwusuGentMidfielder / 6
Abdul FatawuSporting CPAttacker / 7
Daniel-Kofi KyerehSt. PauliMidfielder / 8
Jordan AyewCrystal PalaceAttacker / 9
Andre AyewAl SaddAttacker / 10
Osman BukarRed Star BelgradeAttacker / 11
Ibrahim Danlad Asante KotokoGoalkeeper / 12
Daniel Afriyie BarniehHearts of OakMidfielder / 13
Gideon MensahBordeauxDefender/ 14
Joseph AidooCelta VigoDefender / 15
Abdul Manaf NurudeenEupenGoalkeeper / 16
Abdul Rahman BabaReadingDefender / 17
Daniel AmarteyLeiecester CityDefender / 18
Inaki WilliamsAthletic BilbaoAttacker / 19
Mohammed KudusAjaxAttacker / 20
Salis Abdul SamedLensMidfielder / 21
Kamaldeen SulemanaRennesAttacker / 22
Alexander DjikuStrasbourgDefender / 23
Kamal SowahClub BruggeAttacker / 24
Antoine Selorm SemenyoBristol CityAttacker / 25
Alidu SeiduClermont FootDefender / 26
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Going into the World Cup, Otto Ado has no worries of injuries of any sort. Although the team’s number one goalkeeper, Jolo Wollacott was ruled out of the competition after fracturing a finger just a few days ago.

Apart from Wollacott, Otto has a good quality team that can compete with the big boys in the world’s biggest stage. Thomas Partey looks to have got over the injury struggles earlier in the season and also captain, Andre Ayew is also back in the squad.

The headache Otto will have is how to blend these players together to bring the best performances out of them at the mundial.

While Otto tries to blend the squad for the right balance and approach to games, the gaffer would also be hoping that his stars will be in the mood on every match day. The team will also hope that these players inspire them on the pitch.

The likes of Arsenal’s Thomas Partey from midfield, the Ayew brothers and the ever-energetic Inaki Williams, who just switched allegiances to Ghana are the stars to make the Balck Stars shine at the World Cup.

Off the pitch, the younger players will also be gaining morals from these players as they hope to follow their footsteps in the near future.

Apart from the senior players, three youngsters that should be looked out for are Brighton and Hove Albion’s Tariq Lamptey, Ajax’s Mohammed Kudus and Southampton’s Mohammmed Salisu.

Kudus has been a revelation for Ajax this season netting thrice in Uefa Champions League and also leading the charge for the club to win the Dutch league for an umpteenth time. Bar injuries, Lamptey is a right back any coach wants to have, his pace and delivery in the attack combining with his ruggedness in defence makes him a special talent and a very good addition to the Ghana team.

Salisu has been a constant figure in Southamton’s defence since last season. The 23-year-old will be at the heart of Ghana’s backline alongside Daniel Amartey; his calmness on the ball and composure in defence will definitely that the Ghanian fans will enjoy watching when they begin their conquest at the World Cup.

The Black Stars of Ghana do have a challenging group at the World Cup. They start their campaign at the world championship against one of the favorites of the tournament Portugal. After the crunchy game, they take on the South Koreans before setting out to avenge what happened at the 2010 World Cup against Uruguay.

Below is the full schedule for the team.

DATEFIXTURESTADIUMTIME
Thur, 24th NovemberPortugal vs GhanaStadium 9745:00 pm
Mon, 28th NovemberSouth Korea vs GhanaEducation City2:00 pm
Fri, 2ndDecemberGhana vs UruguayAl Janoub4:00 pm
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The chances for the Stars to shine are very bright but they must work hard for this to come to reality. Although they have not had the best of preparations for the World Cup considering the tight calendar of the football year, they can still go all out to achieve something.

With the disappointing display at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year where they were knocked out unceremoniously in the group stages, the team will have it at the back of their heart to give their fans something to cheer for at the championship.

First they have to get past the group stage and the chances of doing that are weighed below.

Portugal v Ghana

A daunting task, this one for the team. Can they stop Ronaldo and the Portuguese team?

Best Result: Ghana to win this fixture is at 8.50 odds on Betking. 

South Korea v Ghana

A more open game, this is for Otto’s men. They should be able to get something from this game to fancy their chances of qualifying from the group.

Best Result: Away to win or draw for 1.50 odds on Bet 365.

Ghana v Uruguay

Replay of the 2010 quarterfinals clash. The Suarez handball, the Gyang penalty miss and the lose out in the shoot-out, all these will be on the team’s head in this game. They will want to fancy their chances and avenge what happened 12 years ago.

Best Result: Home to win or draw for 2.10 on Coinplay.

Winning the World Cup

Every team has a chance to lay their hands on the trophy. The only question is can they go all the way?

Ghana to win the World Cup is put at 285 odds on 1xBet

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Chris Emenyonu
Chris Emenyonu
Contributing Writer
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