“Apart from some senior players, no player is guaranteed a place at the World Cup” – Andre Ayew

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The skipper of the Black Stars, Andre Ayew believes no player is guaranteed a place in the team for the World Cup in Qatar but adds that some senior players have the advantage of making the squad.

The Black Stars recently had a massive squad boost with the inclusion of Mohammed Salisu and a number of Ghanaian players born abroad who include Inaki Williams, Tariq Lamptey, Antoine Semenyo and so on.

Following the inclusion of the new players, there have been claims that they’ll earn an automatic place in the squad for the World Cup.

However, skipper Andre Ayew disagrees, stating that no one is guaranteed a place in the team but adds that some senior players have the advantage to make squad.

“The newcomers are talented, but we already have a strong team that qualified for the World Cup, so every position is competitive,” he told Aljazeera as quoted by MyJoyOnline.com.

“Apart from senior players who may have an advantage, I believe no one is guaranteed a place in the squad just yet. Everyone must prove their quality on the field and everyone has a chance, giving the coach more options and solutions, formations, and I believe it is beneficial to have new players with the right mentality.”

Ayew added that the door is still open for any player who wants to join the team for the World Cup.

“The players are good, and qualifying for the World Cup makes you very attractive. Why not let the boys come? The door is open for any Ghanaian who wants to play for and help the country, but you must come with the same determination you put into your club, the same desire, and you cannot expect everything in your European club to be the same in the national team because there is a time for the team to adapt.”

Ghana have been drawn in Group H for the group stages of the World Cup alongside Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea.

The Black Stars will start their campaign against Portugal on Thursday, November 24, before playing Uruguay on Monday, November 28 and South Korea on Friday, December 2.

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