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World Cup play-off: Black Stars squad for Nigeria tie finally revealed

The Black Stars squad for the 2022 World Cup qualifying play-off against Nigeria has finally been revealed.

The Ghana Football Association published the names on Tuesday, March 23, 2022, three days before the first meeting in Kumasi.

Head coach Otto Addo invited 27 players, including 4 goalkeepers, 9 defenders, 6 midfielders, 4 wingers and 4 forwards.

Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew is in the squad despite multiple reports claiming he has tested positive for coronavirus.

AS Roma youngster Felix Afena-Gyan has finally accepted to play for the Black Stars after previously turning down two invitations.

South Africa-based goalkeeper Richard Ofori has made a return after recovering from a knee injury that forced him to miss the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year.

Mohammed Kudus is also back after a fractured rib ruled him out of the Afcon.

Belgium-based duo Denis Odoi and Elisha Owusu as well as Hearts of Oak defender Elisha Owusu are the only debutants in the team.

Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey will captain the team in the absence of the suspended Andre Ayew.

France-based winger Kamaldeen Sulemana is injured and has not been included.

The Black Stars began preparations on Monday. Seven players reported for first training at the Accra Sports Stadium. They will travel to Kumasi on Tuesday to continue their preparations.

Ghana will host the first leg in Kumasi on Friday, March 25, 2022, with the return leg set for Tuesday 29 March in Abuja.

Source: 3news.com

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