2022 World Cup playoff: Black Stars arrive in Kumasi ahead of blockbuster clash against Nigeria

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Black Stars arrive in Kumasi ahead of blockbuster clash against Nigeria

Black Stars arrive in Kumasi ahead of blockbuster clash against Nigeria

The Black Stars team has arrived in Kumasi ahead of their crucial World Cup playoff against Nigeria. 

The team led by coach Otto Addo and his technical team touched down in the Ashanti Regional capital on Tuesday afternoon, and will head straight to their hotel before first training later today.

The team will also train on Wednesday and Thursday before the first leg on Friday at the Baba Yara Sports stadium.

Two key players Mohammed Kudus and goalkeeper Richard Ofori who missed the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon two months ago are back in the squad for the two-legged matches to be played in Kumasi and Abuja over the next one week.

Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew was named the squad despite being hit with Covid while playing for his English side.

The two key players return after missing the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon earlier this year due to injuries.

The 27 players invited by coach Otto Addo includes three debutants namely Odoi and Owusu who had been revealed by Ghanasoccernet.com as players to be handed their maiden call-ups.

Both players who play in Belgium were not born in Ghana but have Ghanaian roots through their fathers.

Odoi, a former Fulham defender has earned his first invitation, at age of 33 after playing for youth teams of Belgium and making one appearance for the senior side.

French-born Owusu is 24 and hasn’t tasted international football before. He could make his international debut against the Super Eagles.

The first debutant is AS Roma sensation Afena-Gyan, the youngster who has previously turned down invitations to join the Black Stars, who will be chasing his first appearance for the Black Stars.

The fourth debutant is Heart of Oak defender Dennis Korsah who is enjoying an impressive in the Ghana Premier League.

Otto Addo called up four goalkeepers, nine defenders, six midfielders, four wingers and four forwards.

Crystal Palace man Jordan Ayew has been included despite multiple reports claiming he has tested positive for coronavirus and is a major doubt for the tie.

Also in the squad is Arsenal star Thomas Partey who will captain the team in the absence of the suspended Andre Ayew.

Daniel-Kofi Kyereh who has scored six goals in his last seven games for German side St Pauli has been added by Addo.

Celta Vigo defender Joseph Aidoo has been rewarded with a call-up because of his recent impressive performances in the Spanish top-flight.

Columbus Crew attacker Yaw Yeboah has been recalled after he shockingly missed the Affcon in Cameroon.

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

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