Ghana’s potential XI is loaded with quality

Ghana are one of five African nations who will represent the continent at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The Black Stars will join current AFCON holders Senegal, Cameroon, Tunisia and Morocco at the showpiece event in Qatar later this year.

It’s the fourth time Ghana have qualified for the World Cup. They made their tournament debut back in 2006 and famously reached the quarter-final stage in 2010.

How did Ghana qualify for the 2022 World Cup?

Ghana booked their place at the first World Cup to be staged in the Middle East by beating Nigeria on away goals in a two-legged play-off.

Thomas Partey’s 10th minute goal at the Abuja National Stadium proved to be the deciding factor in the end.

As a result of the Arsenal star’s strike on March 29th, Ghana have been drawn into Group H at the 2022 World Cup, where they will take on Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea.

DOHA, QATAR – OCTOBER 24: Arab men sit at a shoemaker’s stall with a replica of the FIFA World Cup trophy in the Souq Waqif traditional market on October 24, 2011 in Doha, Qatar. Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup football competition and is slated to tackle a variety of infrastructure projects, including the construction of new stadiums. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

On paper, it’s an incredibly tough group, one that is virtually impossible to predict given the quality all the teams possess.

But Ghana have all the tools necessary to qualify for the knockout stage.

After adding Athletic Bilbao striker Inaki Williams and Brighton defender Tariq Lamptey to an already talented squad, the Black Stars’ potential World Cup XI has ‘dark horses’ written all over it.

Have a look for yourself…

Ghana’s potential XI for the 2022 World Cup

GK – Joe Wollacott (Charlton Athletic)

RB – Tariq Lamptey (Brighton)

CB – Mohammed Salisu (Southampton)

CB – Daniel Amartey (Leicester City)

LB – Gideon Mensah (Auxerre)

CDM – Thomas Partey (Arsenal)

CDM – Iddrisu Baba (RCD Mallorca)

RM – Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace)

CAM – Mohammed Kudus (Ajax)

LM – Kamaldeen Sulemana (Rennes)

ST – Inaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao)

Ghana's potential World Cup XI

Not bad, eh?

Three Premier League regulars at the back, one of the best midfielders on the planet in Partey alongside the talented Baba and an attacking quartet that ticks a lot of boxes, watch out for Ghana in Qatar.

If they can get Callum Hudson-Odoi and Eddie Nketiah to switch international allegiance before the tournament kicks off, they will be an even more dangerous proposition for Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea.

Ghana’s attacking talent

Ajax's Mohammed Kudus in action
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 13: Ajax player Mohammed Kudus in action during the UEFA Champions League group A match between Liverpool FC and AFC Ajax at Anfield on September 13, 2022 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The versatile Ayew is well-known to fans of the Premier League, while Kudus is quickly becoming a household name thanks to his dazzling displays at Ajax of late.

After the sale of Antony to Manchester United, Kudus has stepped up. He’s scored seven goals in 10 appearances so far this season, two of them coming in Champions League action against Rangers and Liverpool.

Sulemana, who at age 20 has secured a regular starting berth at Rennes, is a player with enormous potential, while Williams has been a consistent performer in La Liga for many years now.

Yeah, we can see Ghana being the polar opposite of ‘pushovers’ at the 2022 World Cup.

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