Ghana Suffer Major Partey Blow
Ghana have travelled to South Africa without Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey who is doubtful to face Bafana Bafana for the potential 2022 FIFA World Cup play-off decider.
Only 15 players from the Black Stars took part in their training in Accra on Monday, which was their first session to prepare for the crucial last to games of Group G as they trail South Africa by one point.
After another training session on Tuesday, they travelled to Johannesburg where they are set to meet Ethiopia at Orlando Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
But they will be without Partey, who Arsenal are reluctant to release following the injury that saw him miss their 1-0 win over Watford in the Premier League this past weekend.
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has sent a message to the Gunners to allow him to be released and examined in Ghana but have yet to receive confirmation whether he will be allowed to travel before the Bafana clash on Sunday at the Cape Coast Stadium.
Milovan Rajevac, the head coach of the four-time African champions says they are aiming for six points from their final game to guarantee progression to the next round of World Cup qualifiers.
“We really hope to qualify for the World Cup. This is our agenda and every person here, everyone in the football association, technical team and the players are all working towards the same thing,” he said, as per Joy Online.
“If we qualify for the World Cup, I will be the happiest man on earth. Definitely, we will all give our best to make that happen because we cannot predict the future. We are doing everything in our own power to win the next matches. This is our goal and we do our best to make it happen.”
Former Free State Stars defender Jonathan Mensah has been ruled out through injury while new AS Roma sensation Felix Afena Gyan has rejected their call-up.
Ghana 24-man squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Joseph Wollacott (Swindon Town), Lawrence Ati-Zigi (St. Gallen), Manaf Nurudeen (Eupen), Richard Attah (Hearts of Oak)
Defenders: Andy Yiadom (Reading FC), Philemon Baffour (Dreams FC), Baba Abdul Rahman (Reading FC), Montari Kamaheni (Ashdod), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City), Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg), Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo), Ismail Abdul Ganiyu (Asante Kotoko)
Midfielders: Baba Idrissu (Real Mallorca), Mubarak Wakaso (Shenzhen F.C), Edmund Addo (Sheriff Tiraspol), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax Amsterdam), Daniel Kofi Kyere (FC St. Pauli)
Forwards: Andre Ayew (Al Sadd), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace), Abdul Fatawu Issahaku (Dreams FC), Kamal Deen Sulemana (Rennes), Samuel Owusu (Al Fayha), Richmond Boakye-Yiadom (Beitar Jerusalem), Caleb Ekuban (Genoa)