After days of intense anxiety, chief handler of the Black Stars – Otto Addo, will unmask his men for the Qatar World Cup tournament today. There has been a whirlwind of speculation regarding the final list since Coach Addo named a 55-man provisional squad last week.
Chief among the guesswork was the dropping of in-form midfielder Joseph Paintsil of Belgian club Genk – as well as Crystal Palace left-back Jeffrey Schlupp, a ‘rumoured decision’ that have triggered a googol of condemnation from the public.
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has remained hushed on the suppositions making the rounds, only confirming that the Ghana sweat merchant will unveil his final squad for the Qatar 2022 World Cup this morning.
A statement on the FA’s Twitter page indicated that a 26-man squad for Qatar would be announced at 11:00 am at the Multichoice office in Accra.
With players reportedly picking injuries at the 11th hour, there could some interesting names popping up.
Today’s grand announcement is expected to bring to a close the vigorous activity of conjectures – since the transitional list surfaced.
Before then, many Ghanaians will hold their breath as they are presented with the men for the prestigious November 20-Decemeber 18 football festival.
Ghana face a Himalayan test in Qatar, having been paired alongside Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea in Group H.
The Stars will open their campaign against Portugal on Thursday November 24, before taking on South Korea four days later. They will finish off their group game on December 2 with another big one against Uruguay – a tie many Ghanaians have dubbed ‘The Revenge.’
Ahead of the trip to Qatar, the Stars would be expected to engage the Switzerland in a final warm-up game on Thursday November 17 at the Al-Nahyan multi-purpose stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
BY JOHN VIGAH