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World Cup 2022: Ghana Omit Mubarak Wakaso From Final Squad

K.A.S Eupen midfielder Mubarak Wakaso was one of star players dropped as Ghana named their final World Cup squad.

The 32-year-old,who is on loan from Chinese club Shenzhen F.C, was named in the Black Stars’ preliminary 55-man squad, but failed to impress coach Otto Addo.

Crystal Place striker Jeffrey Schlupp and Belgium-based midfielder Mubarak Wakaso are the other notable omissions in the squad.

Former Spain international Inaki Williams and England under-21 international Tariq Lamptey have been included in the squad.

The retention of Andre and Jordan Ayew – sons of local legend Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew – means Ghana’s most famous football family will be represented for a third World Cup.

Charlton Athletic goalkeeper Jojo Wollacott was ruled out of the tournament on the eleventh hour after he was injured in the warm-up for a League One match at Burton on Saturday.

Ghana booked their spot at the tournament by beating Nigeria in the qualification play-offs, for which they qualified by topping a group containing South Africa, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.

The Black Stars begin their World Cup Group H campaign against Portugal on November 24, before facing South Korea four days later and concluding the group stage against Uruguay on December 2.

Ghana squad

Goalkeepers: Lawrence Ati-Zigi (St Gallen), Danlad Ibrahim (Asante Kotoko), Abdul Manaf Nurudeen (Eupen).

Defenders: Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City), Abdul-Rahman Baba (Reading), Alexander Djiku (Racing Strasbourg), Tariq Lamptey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Gideon Mensah (Auxerre), Denis Odoi (Club Bruges), Mohammed Salisu (Southampton), Alidu Seidu (Clermont).

Midfielders: Mohammed Kudus (Ajax), Daniel-Kofi Kyereh (Freiburg), Elisha Owusu (Gent), Thomas Partey (Arsenal), Salis Abdul Samed (Lens).

Forwards: Daniel Afriyie (Hearts of Oak), Andre Ayew (Al Sadd), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace), Osman Bukari (Red Star Belgrade), Issahaku Abdul Fatawu (Sporting Lisbon), Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City), Kamal Sowah (Club Bruges), Kamaldeen Sulemana (Rennes), Inaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao).


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