Ghana are again on the World Cup after an eight-year hole since bowing out on the group stage in Brazil.
A poor return of 1 level then will repair minds on battling for a spot within the final 16 right here.
Reminiscences of 2010 in South Africa can even gas motivation, significantly a 3rd sport in opposition to Uruguay in a repeat of the quarter-final loss on penalties to La Celeste.
Luis Suarez was the villain that day, along with his purple card for dealing with on the road denying a objective for Dominic Adiyiah in extra-time.
An away objective from Arsenal’s Thomas Partey in Abuja was sufficient to edge previous Nigeria on away objectives to qualify, and the Arsenal man will likely be pivotal to the Black Stars’ hopes of qualifying from a wide-open group.
Right here is every thing you’ll want to know:
Group fixtures (all occasions GMT)
Thursday 24 November: Portugal vs Ghana – 19:00
Monday 28 November: South Korea vs Ghana – 16:00
Friday 2 December: Ghana vs Uruguay – 18:00
Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori (Orlando Pirates), Joe Wollacott (Swindon), Abdul Manaf Nurudeen (Eupen)
Defenders: Denis Odoi (Membership Brugge), Tariq Lamptey (Brighton), Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo), Gideon Mensah (Bordeaux), Daniel Amartey (Leicester), Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg), Abdul-Rahman Baba (Studying), Mohammed Salisu (Southampton), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew)
Midfielders: Thomas Partey (Arsenal), Iddrisu Baba (Actual Mallorca), Daniel Kofi-Kyereh (St Pauli), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax), Andre Ayew (Al Saad), Kamaldeen Sulemana (Rennes), Majeed Ashimeru (Anderlecht), Antoine Semenyo (Bristol Metropolis)
Forwards: Abdul Fatawu Issahaku (Sporting CP), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace), Felix Afena-Gyan (Roma), Inaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao), Joseph Paintsil (Genk), Osman Bukari (Pink Star Belgrade)
Ones to look at
Star – Mohammed Salisu: The Southampton star has now built-in into the nationwide crew and if Ghana get out of the group it feels just like the centre-back should play to his potential in a gaggle with quite a few robust match-ups in opposition to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Darwin Nunez (or Luis Suarez) and Son Heung-min. Highly effective and commanding from the again, the 23-year-old will wish to carry greater than a yr of wonderful type within the Premier League to Qatar.
Breakout expertise – Mohammed Kudus: The 22-year-old has damaged out as a star after Ajax’s newest rebuild and seems to be over a horrible run of accidents. In a position to function as a striker or attacking midfielder, Kudus possesses a formidable left foot and glorious steadiness to rapidly transfer away from opponents when fed the ball, it needs to be loads of enjoyable to look at this skillful participant on the most important stage with Ghana.
There’s a state of affairs the place the Black Stars get out of this group as all of those video games needs to be shut. However we additionally envisage the potential to repeat their return from eight years in the past of only one level. More likely to end backside however needs to be alive in each sport and will lean on some success to squeeze by way of. Knocked out within the group stage.
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