Ghana’s 2022 World Cup squad has been unveiled, with manager Otto Addo unveiling the full 26-man squad the Black Stars will take to Qatar.
How did Ghana’s weakest team in 15 years qualify for the World Cup after losing to the Comoros this year and finishing last in the group stage at the Africa Cup of Nations? Otto Addo’s luck, determination and impressive coaching since taking over on his own in February, that’s what. This highly talented but inexperienced outfit, the Black Stars are the most unpredictable of Qatar’s five African teams. To play well, Ghana must get into the good stuff. Nigeria’s 1-1 playoff qualifiers showed signs of a promising unit under the former Borussia Dortmund player and Addo’s assistant. Before that, Ghana looked like a collection of people left over from the Asamoah Gyan era. They also need points against Morocco, Gabon and Comoros and are coming off a disastrous AFCON campaign in January.
However, there are some new faces in the squad that should breathe new life into the squad. Bilbao-born Spain international Inaki Williams was a late addition to the World Cup squad after 34-year-old Denis Odoi joined from Belgium in time for the play-offs in March. Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey and Southampton’s Mohammed Salisu made their Black Stars debuts in September. However, Ghana will need to rely on the injury-prone Thomas Partey to maintain any chance of success. Substitutions are difficult and Arsenal’s players are essential to their rotation.
Ghana will be making their fourth World Cup appearance. The Black Stars debuted in 2006 when they reached the round of 16. At the 2010 tournament, Ghana advanced to the quarter-finals and advanced to the semi-finals.
Ghana will play Uruguay, Portugal and South Korea in Group H of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.