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2026 World Cup Qualifiers: Inaki Williams, Majeed Ashimeru, and six others ruled out of Black Stars squad for Mali, CAR games due to injury

Football News 2026 World Cup Qualifiers: Inaki Williams, Majeed Ashimeru, and six others ruled out of Black Stars squad for Mali, CAR games due to injury
WED, 29 MAY 2024 LISTEN

The senior national team, the Black Stars will be without eight key players ahead of their 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Mali and Central African Republic.

Otto Addo, who is the head coach of the side on Wednesday, May 29 announced his 26-man squad for the games next month.

Ghana will be hosted at the Stade du 26 Mars in Bamako on June 6 before hosting Central African Republic on June 10 at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

However, Athletic Bilbao star Inaki Williams, Majeed Ashimeru of Anderlecht and long-time absentee Daniel-Kofi Kyereh are all out of the squad.

Iddrisu Baba of Almeria, Daniel Amartey, Joseph Painstil, Nathaniel Adjei and Dennis Odoi were all excluded from the squad due to injuries.

All players have either undergone surgery or are beginning their rehabilitation.

The Black Stars will begin preparations for June's games on Thursday, May 30, 2024, at the Legon Sports Stadium.

Ghana will hope to return to winning ways having recorded just a win and a defeat in their first two games which leave them at the 4th in Group I with just three points.

Full Squad:

  • Goalkeepers: Lawrence Ati-Zigi (St Gallen), Jojo Wollacot (Hibernian FC), Frederick Asare (Asante Kotoko)
  • Defenders: Gideon Mensah (AJ Auxerre), Ebenezer Annan (FK Novi Pazar), Mohammed Salisu (AS Monaco), Jerome Opoku (Istanbul Basaksehir), Abdul Mumin (Rayo Vallecano), Alexander Djiku (Fenerbahce Istanbul), Alidu Seidu (Stade Rennes), Tariq Lamptey (Brighton & Hove Albion).
  • Midfielders: Mohammed Kudus (West Ham United), Ernest Nuamah (Olympique Lyon), Salis Abdul Samed (RC Lens), Ibrahim Sulemana (Cagliari Calcio), Edmund Addo (FK Radnicki Nis), Thomas Partey (FC Arsenal), Elisha Owusu ( AJ Auxerre), Abu Francis (Cercle Brugge).
  • Forwards: Osman Bukari (RS Belgrade), Issahaku Abdul Fatawu (Leicester City, loan from Sporting CP), Antoine Semenyo (Bournemouth), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace), Ibrahim Osman (FC Nordsjaelland), Kamaldeen Sulemana (FC Southampton), Brandon Thomas-Asante (West Bromwich).

Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah

Sports JournalistPage: SamuelEkowAmoasiAppiah

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