With no new faces expected in the World Cup Black Stars squad, has this ended Baby Jet’s hopes of making it to Qatar?
- Ghana does not expect any new players to enter the squad
- This is a huge blow to the dream of the return of Asamoah Gyan
- It’s bad news for the other Ghana hopefuls who are not with the national team at the moment
bigger picture: In an interview, Jian hinted that he would be willing to wear the Ghana shirt again should he receive a phone call.
Gyan is the Black Stars’ top scorer with 51 goals in 109 matches and is currently without a team since his departure from Legon Cities in the Ghanaian Premier League in 2021.
Black Stars assistant technical director, George Boateng, recently revealed that there were no talks with the former Udinese star about the possibility of participating in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
What was said“As it stands now, I can confidently say no,” said Henri Asante, FIFA’s director of communications, when asked if he expected new faces in the team that will participate in the World Cup.
“We’ve been through a long journey with qualifications and testing players. I’m sure your question is about bringing in some of the players whose names have come out, but as things go on, I don’t think that’s likely to happen.
“I wouldn’t say that when a player is doing well in Europe or at home, he won’t get the chance. I’m not in a position to say that. Anything is possible.”
Asante’s assertion contradicts what coach Otto Addo had previously said.
After Josef Paintzel, who is in good shape with his Belgian club Genk, left his side for a friendly Brazil friendly, the tactician said his decision does not mean that the gates of the Black Stars are forever closed to Paintsil.
However, Asante seems happy with the player that Ghana currently has at his disposal.
“I think we have a good team,” he added. “I think we are building a very strong team. A team made up of Joseph Wolacott, Tariq Lamptey, Alidou Seydoux, Baba Rahman and Gideon Mensah, [Stephan Kofi ] Ambrose [Mohammed] Salisu, Alexandre Dzeko, Inaki Williams, [Abdul] Issahaku, etc.
“These are top professionals, and if you can build a team of these names, you will be unbeatable. We have quality in the team. Age is on our side. On average, we have a team of 22 years. It shows that the future is bright and future stars are tomorrow.” .
What’s next for Jian? With Ashanti’s comments, Gyan’s chances of wearing the national jersey again seem slim.
His situation is further complicated by the availability of aspiring and young stars who are seen as the future of Ghana’s striking division. Mehmet Kudus, who is only 22 years old, is expected to be a long-term member of the national team.
The change of nationality of Inaki Williams also adds to the interesting competition, as West Africans hope to build a new generation of players to reach the final stages of the major tournaments.
What else do you have? Ahead of the Qatar finals, where they will face Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea in Group H, the Black Stars will face Brazil and Nicaragua in September.
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