8 New Players Expected In Ghana Black Star Squad To Face The Super Eagles Of Nigeria

Otto Addo, the interim coach, has formally submitted his player list to the Black Stars Management Committee ahead of the crucial doubleheader against Nigeria in the 2022 World Cup qualification play-off.

It has been revealed that the squad includes several young players, several of whom are making their debuts.

Antoine Semenyo of Bristol City and Osman Bukari of Nantes have both been nominated for the squad.

In January 2022, Semenyo was named EFL Championship Player of the Month for his three goals and three assists.

Leeroy Owusu, the son of Ghanaian parents born in England, has also been called.

Owusu grew up in the Netherlands and had previously represented his country at the youth level. But after playing 23 league games for Willem II in the Dutch Eredivisie this season, the Ghana FA got him to play for the Black Stars.

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Felix Afena-Gyan of AS Roma, who missed the Africa Cup of Nations, has been nominated for the roster.

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Mohammed Salisu of Southampton has also agreed to play for Ghana, and this is subject to his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Also, Orlando Pirates goalie Richard Ofori has been selected as one of three goalkeepers for the clash with Nigeria. His injury against South Africa last year forced him to miss the 2021 AFCON. He will go off against Jojo Wollacott and Richard Attah of Hearts of Oak.

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Anderlecht’s Majeed Ashimeru will also be rewarded for his recent excellent form. Dennis Korsah, a Hearts of Oak defender from Ebusua Dwarfs, is on standby.

Ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup playoffs versus Nigeria later this year, Otto Addo is said to have pulled seven players from the Black Stars squad that competed at the 2021 AFCON.

Andre Ayew and Wakaso Mubarak, both of whom missed the Afcon due to injury, were among those omitted from the squad. Ayew, in particular, was suspended after being sent off against Comoros in the AFCON group stage final.

Yeni Malatyspor forward Benjamin Tetteh was also withdrawn due to a CAF ban for hitting a Gabonese player during the Afcon in March. Both Philemon Baffour and David Abagna Sandan of RTU were also sacked.

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