Seven players missed out on places in the squad for Ghana versus Nigeria’s crucial doubleheader due to injury. That list includes Antoine Semenyo of Bristol City who received his maiden call up to the team and Mubarak Wakaso who despite being present with the team in Cameroon for the Afcon did not play a single minute at the tournament due to injury.
Criticism came in strongly at the GFA and the technical handlers of the team for omitting Belgium-based Majeed Ashimeru who has been in outstanding form for Anderlecht in the past few weeks. To clear the air, the GFA published a post on its website explaining what happened and some players are not in the squad. it also took the chance to wish the affected players a speedy recovery.
It said, “The Ghana Football Association has sent its best wishes to seven players who could not join the Black Stars squad for the play-offs against Nigeria due to injuries.
“Majeed Ashimeru, Antoine Semenyo, Mubarak Wakaso, Baba Abdul Rahman, Samuel Owusu, Richmond Boakye Yiadom and Kamaldeen Sulemana were all handed call ups to the senior national team and were expected to report to camp on March 20, 2022 but failed to join the rest of the squad due to injuries at the respective club sides.”
According to the GFA, “Team Doctors of the respective clubs of the players wrote and officially inform the GFA of their injury situations and confirmed their unavailability for the double-header against Nigeria,” adding that “The GFA will continue to communicate with team doctors of the respective clubs and monitor the recovery of the players”.
“It’s the hope of the Association that injured players will recover quickly and join the senior national team for future assignments.
“As they continue their recovery process, the GFA remains firm in the belief that the players will join all Ghanaians to support the team in our quest to make a fourth appearance at the FIFA World Cup,” it concluded.