World Cup qualifiers: Black Stars arrive in Johannesburg for South Africa clash

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Black Stars have arrived in Johannesburg for their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against South Africa on Monday.

The team was led by Management Committee Chairman George Amoako.

In all, twenty-five players made the trip to South Africa for the encounter.

England based quintet, Daniel Amartey (Leicester City), Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace), Andrew Yiadom (Reading FC) and Baba Abdul Rahman (Reading FC) were not part of the travelling party following the decision of Premier League clubs not to allow their players travel to countries on UK’s Covid-19 red list.

Others who missed the trip are Rennes forward Kamal Deen Suleymana and Daniel Kyereh of German side St. Pauli – the duo have been recalled by their clubs.

Ghana recorded a slim win (1-0) against Ethiopia on Friday in their Group G opener at the Cape Coast stadium to move top of Group G after Zimbabwe held South Africa to a 0-0 draw in Harare.

The Black Stars last visit to Johannesburg in March this year produced a draw against South Africa – a result that sealed Ghana’s qualification to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Coach Charles Akonnor’s side would aim for the three points to keep their World Cup dreams unscathed.

The team will train at the FNB stadium at 18:00Hrs on Sunday.

Full squad in Camp:

Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori, Richard Atta, Manaf Nurudeen, Lawrence Ati-Zigi

Defenders: Philemon Baffuor, Gideon Mensah, Ismail Ganiyu, Alexander Djiku, Jonathan Mensah, Samuel Ashie Quaye, Joseph Aidoo, Fatawu Mohammed

Midfielders: Mubarak Wakaso, Baba Iddrisu, Emmanuel Lomotey, Majeed Ashimeru, Fatawu Issahaku, Samuel Owusu, Yaw Yeboah

Forwards: Andre Ayew, Daniel Afriyie Barnieh, Joel Fameyeh, Braydon Manu, Kwame Opoku, Emmanuel Gyasi.

Source: Ghana FA

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