The Qatar 2022 World Cup kicked off last Sunday and Ghana is amongst 32 countries battling for glory.
The Black Stars who are paired in Group G for the group stages alongside Portugal, South Korea and Uruguay will be represented by a solid 26-man squad headed by Andre Ayew.
Despite the strong squad in Qatar. Ghana will be without some few players which may be due to injury or any other factors. In a 4-3-3 formation, we pick out an XI of these players.
Goalkeeper: Jojo Wollacott – Charlton Athletic
Ghana’s first choice goalkeeper since making his debut in October 2021 against Zimbabwe in a World Cup qualifier. The Charlton goalkeeper who was due to represent Ghana at the World Cup was ruled out of the competition after picking a finger injury prior to his outfit’s league game against Burton Albion.
Right-back: Andy Yiadom – Reading
Ghana first choice right-back until the emergence of Dennis Odoi and Tariq Lamptey which has seen him move down on the pecking order.
Center-back: Jonathan Mensah – Columbus Crew
One of the most capped active Ghanaian players. Jonathan Mensah has struggled for minutes in the team in recent months due to the emergence of Mohammed Salisu, Daniel Amartey, Alexander Djiku, Joseph Aidoo, Alidu Seidu and so on.
Center-back: Abdul Mumin – FC Basel
Hasn’t played for Ghana since 2019 due to lack of playing minutes at Hoffenheim but his recent form at FC Basel, where he’s on loan as seen him add up to Ghana’s options in the center-back position.
Left-back: Jeffrey Schlupp – Crystal Palace
Schlupp has been in great form for Crystal Palace since the start of last season but it is shocking to know that he hasn’t featured for Ghana since September last year, a situation which has left people asking questions.
Midfield: Baba Iddrisu – Real Mallorca
Just like Wollacott, Baba Iddrisu was due to feature for Ghana at the World Cup. However, an injury against Atletico de Madrid dashed his World Cup hopes.
Midfield: Mubarak Wakaso – KAS Eupen
With 67 appearances, Mubarak Wakaso is one of the most experienced players in Ghana’s side currently, however, he has in recent months struggled to feature for the team due to injuries. In the summer, Mubarak Wakaso moved from Shenzen to Eupen in order to make a case for a World Cup spot. Nevertheless, his display with his new team wasn’t enough to convince Otto Addo.
Midfield: Majeed Ashimeru – Anderlecht
Since the beginning of the year, Majeed Ashimeru has emerged as one of Ghana’s most performing midfielders in Europe. In spite of his good form that has seen him become a household name in Anderlecht, he’s yet to earn a call-up to the Black Stars this year.
Forward: Ransford-Yeboah Königsdörffer – Hamburger SV
One of the 4 players to switch allegiance to represent Ghana in June this year. The German-born earned his maiden call-up in July for friendly games against Brazil and Nicaragua, but he failed to make the World Cup squad.
Forward: Felix Afena-Gyan – Cremonese
Played a crucial role for Ghana in the final qualifying round games against Nigeria. Nevertheless, he failed to make the final squad for the World Cup due to what could possibly be his lack of playing minutes at Cremonese.
Forward: Joseph Painstil – RKC Genk
Joseph Painstil is having a great time at the moment this season and his absence was a major shock. With 6 goals and 6 assists, the Genk forward has made more goal contributions than any of the wingers in Ghana’s squad for the Mundial.