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Why Ghana’s squad for World Cup playoffs vs Nigeria is delayed

REASONS have been given for the delay in announcing the Black Stars squad for the Qatar 2022 World Cup playoffs against the Super Eagles.

Nigeria and Ghana face each other twice in late March for a place at the World Cup, with the first leg in Cape Coast on the 25th and the return leg in Abuja four days later.

The Super Eagles named a 32-man squad for the fixtures on Friday, but the Black Stars are yet to decide on their team just over two weeks to the first leg.

Reports in Ghana on Monday claimed the delay is due to injuries to key players and the need to avoid making late changes to the team.

Ghana’s interim head coach Otto Addo has been speaking to a many of the players ahead of the announcement, one report claimed.

Captain Andre Ayew and forward Benjamin Tetteh are set to miss the fixtures due to suspension and there are doubts over the availability of Kamaldeen Sulemana.

Meanwhile, Ajax midfielder Mohammed Kudus is expected to be available after missing the Africa Cup of Nations due to injury, with Daniel Amartey, Thomas Partey and Jordan Ayew also billed to be included in the squad.

Despite Ghana’s disgraceful AFCON outing where they crashed out at the group stage without winning a single match, the bulk of the squad to face Nigeria will be drawn from the players who were in Cameroon.

Nigeria’s interim head coach Austin Eguavoen also named most of the AFCON squad for the playoffs, with key absentees Victor Osimhen, Emmanuel Dennis, Odion Ighalo and Leon Balogun all returning.

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