Partey and three others are missing out on Ghana’s WCQ 2022, which is slated for September
Partey and three others are missing out on Ghana’s WCQ 2022, which is slated for September

Partey and three others are missing out on Ghana’s WCQ 2022, which is slated for September

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Ghana quartet Jordan Ayew, Thomas Partey, Tariqe Fosu and Daniel Amartey will not be part of the Black Stars squad following the English Premier League’s decision to play next month’s FIFA World Cup qualifier against South Africa.

Premier League clubs have decided not to allow players to play in international matches that will be played in “Red List” countries next month.

Travelers from “Red List” countries will have to be quarantined on their return to the UK, which would mean for players that games will be missed.

CK Akonnor has named a tentative 30-man roster for the game scheduled for September.

The Black Stars will face Ethiopia at Cape Coast Stadium before flying to South Africa in Johannesburg on September 3 and 6, respectively.

South Africa is one of the coronavirus countries on the red list, which makes Jordan Ayew, Thomas Partey, Tariqe Fosu and Daniel Amartey unjustified for the game.

The Premier League justified its decision in a statement on Tuesday afternoon with the words: “The clubs of the Premier League decided today reluctantly but unanimously not to allow players to play international matches in countries on the Red List next month.

“The decision of the clubs, which is strongly supported by the Premier League, applies to almost 60 players from 19 Premier League clubs who will travel to 26 countries on the red list in September in the international window.

“This follows FIFA’s current position not to extend the exemption for the temporary release of players who must be quarantined after their return from the international match.”

Extensive discussions have been held with both the FA and the government to find a solution, but no exemption has been granted due to ongoing public health concerns regarding travelers arriving from red list countries.

“If quarantine were required when returning from Red List countries, not only would the well-being and fitness of the players be seriously affected, but they would also not be available to participate in two rounds of the Premier League, one match day of a UEFA club competition and prepare and play the third. ”Round of the EFL Cup.

“This period takes into account 10 days of hotel quarantine when returning to England, but does not include any additional time that players would need to regain fitness,” it said.

Richard Masters, Chief Executive of the Premier League said: “The Premier League clubs have always supported the desire of their players to represent their country – this is a matter of pride for everyone involved. The clubs, however, reluctantly, but rightly, came to the conclusion that it would be completely unreasonable to release players in these new circumstances.

“Quarantine requirements mean that the wellbeing and fitness of players will be seriously affected. We understand the challenges of the international game calendar and remain open to workable solutions.

“The clubs also shared their dissatisfaction with FIFA’s decision to extend the CONMEBOL international window by two days from nine to eleven days in September and October.

“This places additional international obligations on players from this region, at the expense of their availability to represent their clubs.

“FIFA has been asked to work with all stakeholders to ensure that an amicable conclusion can be reached on this matter.”

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