Ghana are the bottom ranked group within the 2022 World Cup, though that doesn’t imply they lack pedigree.
The Black Stars reached the quarter-finals in 2010 earlier than dropping controversially to Uruguay and this might be their fourth look on soccer’s grandest stage.
Sadly, the draw has not been type to them, and Ghana must overcome Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea to get out of Group H.
Right here is what to anticipate from Ghana on the World Cup.
Goalkeepers: Lawrence Ati-Zigi (St Gallen), Ibrahim Danlad (Asante Kotoko), Manaf Nurudeen (Eupen).
Defenders: Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo), Daniel Amartey (Leicester), Abdul-Rahman Baba (Studying), Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg), Tariq Lamptey (Brighton), Gideon Mensah (Auxerre), Denis Odoi (Membership Brugge), Mohammed Salisu (Southampton), Alidu Seidu (Clermont Foot).
Midfielders: Andre Ayew (Al Sadd), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax), Daniel-Kofi Kyereh (Freiburg), Elisha Owusu (Gent), Thomas Partey (Arsenal), Salis Abdul Samed (Lens)
Forwards: Daniel Afriyie (Hearts of Oak), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace), Osman Bukari (Pink Star Belgrade), Issahaku Abdul Fatawu (Sporting CP), Antoine Semenyo (Bristol Metropolis), Kamal Sowah (Membership Brugge), Kamaldeen Sulemana (Stade Rennes), Inaki Williams (Athletic Membership).
Ghana have one thing of a goalkeeping disaster going into the World Cup.
Their primary Joe Wollacot was injured within the warm-up of Charlton’s 3-3 draw towards Burton Albion, which was their remaining recreation earlier than the Ghana squad was introduced.
To compound issues, quantity two Richard Ofori additionally picked up an harm whereas coaching along with his membership Orlando Pirates, leaving Manaf Nurudeen, Ibrahim Danlad and Lawrence Ati-Zigi to choose up the slack.
Idrissu Baba, Johnathan Mensah and Mubarak Wakaso are additionally out.
If Ghana are going to realize something in Qatar, they will want Thomas Partey on the very prime of his recreation. The Arsenal man has been a key man for the Gunners, who prime the Premier League going into the World Cup break.
Ayew has been a mainstay of the Ghana set-up for years, and is the one holdover from the squad that reached the quarter-finals in 2010. Ayew’s membership profession has dropped off slightly in recent times, however the Al-Sadd man was nonetheless Ghana’s prime scorer of their qualification marketing campaign and his expertise might be essential to teach Otto Addo.
Brighton full-back Lamptey was capped at England Underneath-21 degree for England however switched allegiances in time for a global debut for Ghana towards Brazil in September. Assuming he additionally options within the warm-up recreation towards Switzerland, they are going to be his solely caps going into the World Cup. By way of expertise, although, he’s already considered one of their prime gamers.
The 18-year-old is a relative unknown for the time being however a participant from whom nice issues are anticipated. The Sporting CP winger solely has a handful of video games underneath his belt within the Primeira Liga, however he has executed sufficient to reportedly curiosity Liverpool. He could also be used from the bench initially, however he has the expertise to make an impression.
Ghana have their harm issues and which means their facet might evolve all through the match. Anticipate them to begin with 4-2-3-1 form although and take it from there.
Ghana predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Danlad; Lamptey, Salisu, Amartey, Mensah; Partey, Baba, J Ayew, A Ayew, Sulemana; Williams
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Ghana head to Qatar in good type, successful three of their final 5 video games. In a kind of two they misplaced, a 2-0 away defeat to Nigeria in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, they gained a penalty shootout too. That needs to be confidence-building preparation for a World Cup.
Ghana’s final 5 outcomes (all competitions)
Benin 0-1 Ghana
Ghana 2-0 Nigeria
Nigeria 2-0P Ghana
Brazil 3-0 Ghana
Nicaragua 0-1 Ghana
Ghana are the lowest-ranked group within the World Cup, though fairly how a lot will be learn into that’s one other query completely.
Nonetheless, that rating remains to be quantity 61, so they’re hardly some plucky minnows. Certainly, Ghana’s squad is filled with some very recognisable names from the most effective leagues in world soccer.
The issue they’ve is that they have a little bit of a stinker of a draw. Beating Portugal and Uruguay will probably be past them, though they do have some unfinished World Cup enterprise with the latter. If they’ll bully South Korea slightly of their second match, although, they could have an opportunity.
Nevertheless, it’s nonetheless arduous to see them getting out of the group.
Prediction: Group stage exit