2022 WCQ: Ghana without six key players for the game against South Africa

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Ghana came to Johannesburg with a 25-man squad, but without six regular players, to play South Africa in the World Cup qualifier in Soccer City on Monday.

Coach Charles Akonnor will have to do without Leicester City pair Daniel Amartey and Jeffrey Schlupp, defenders Andrew Yiadom and Baba Abdul Rahman from Reading and key striker Jordan Ayew, who plays for Crystal Palace.

The six would have to be quarantined on their return to the UK if they had traveled to South Africa.

All six players played in Ghana’s nervous 1-0 home win over Ethiopia on Friday, which means there will be significant changes in Group G.

Two other players who missed the trip are Stade Rennes’ newcomers Kamaldeen Suleymana and Daniel Kyereh from the German team St. Pauli, who were also excluded from their clubs from the game.

Coach Charles Akonnor also had to forego absences on the Black Stars’ last visit to Soccer City, but won a ticket for the Africa Cup finals in Cameroon early next year through a 1-1 draw.

But Mohammed Kudus from Ajax Amsterdam, who scored in this game and also against South Africa last November at Cape Coast, is injured.

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Goalkeeper: Richard Atta (Hearts of Oak), Lawrence Ati-Zigi (St. Gallen, Switzerland), Manaf Nurudeen (KAS Eupen, Belgium), Richard Ofori (Orlando Pirates, South Africa).

Defender: Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo, Sain), Samuel Ashie Quaye (Accra Great Olympics), Philemon Baffour (Dreams FC), Alexander Djiku (Racing Strasbourg, France), Ismail Ganiyu (Asante Kotoko), Gideon Mensah (Girondins Bordeaux, France), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew, USA), Fatawu Mohammed (Hearts of Oak).

Midfield player: Majeed Ashimeru (Anderlecht, Belgium), Baba Iddrisu (Mallorca, Spain), Abdul Fatawu Issahaku (Steadfast FC), Emmanuel Lomotey (Amiens, France), Samuel Owusu (Al Fahya, Saudi Arabia), Mubarak Wakaso (Shenzhen, China) , Yaw Yeboah (Wisla Krakow, Poland).

Forward: Andre Ayew (Al Saad, Qatar), Daniel Afriyie Barnieh (Hearts of Oak), Joel Fameyeh (FC Orenburg, Russia), Emmanuel Gyasi (Spezia, Italy), Braydon Manu (SV Darmstadt, Germany), Kwame Opoku (SM Algier, Algeria).

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