Gyan’s World Cup hopes for Ghana were dealt a potential heavy blow after Asante’s revelation

With no new faces expected in Black Stars’ World Cup squad, has this dashed Baby Jet’s hopes of reaching Qatar?

  • Ghana don’t expect any new players to force their way into the squad
  • This is a huge blow to Asamoah Gyan’s comeback dream
  • It’s bad news for other Ghanaian hopefuls who aren’t currently with the national team

THE BIGGER PICTURE: In an interview, Gyan had hinted that he would be ready to wear the Ghana shirt again should he receive a call-up.

Gyan is the Black Stars’ top scorer with 51 goals in 109 games and is currently without a team since leaving Ghanaian Premier League side Legon Cities in 2021.

Black Stars assistant head coach George Boateng recently revealed that there have been no talks with the former Udinese star over the possibility of participating in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

WHAT WAS SAID: “From today’s perspective, I can confidently say no,” Henry Asante, Communications Director of the GFA, is quoted as saying when asked whether he expects new faces in the World Cup-strong team.

“We’ve come a long way with qualifying and testing the players. I’m sure your question has to do with winning some of the players whose names have come up, but as things stand I don’t think so that will probably happen.

“I wouldn’t say if a player is doing well in Europe or domestically they don’t get a chance. I can’t say that. Anything is possible.”

Asante’s claim contradicts what head coach Otto Addo has previously said.

After Joseph Paintsil, who is in good form for his Belgian club Genk, was dropped from his squad for the Brazil friendly, the tactician said his decision didn’t mean the Black Stars’ gates were closed to Paintsil forever.

However, Asante seems happy with the player Ghana currently have available.

“I think we have a good team,” Asante continued. “I think we are building a very strong team. A team featuring Joseph Wollacot, Tariq Lamptey, Alidu Seidu, Baba Rahman, Gideon Mensah, [Stephan Kofi ] Ambrose, [Mohammed] Salisu, Alexander Djiku, Inaki Williams [Abdul] Issahaku etc.

“These are top professionals and if you can build a team from those names, you’re unbeatable. We have quality in the team. Age is on our side. On average, we have a team of 22-year-olds.” . It indicates that the future is bright and the future has the stars tomorrow.”

WHAT’S NEXT FOR GYAN? With Asante’s comments, Gyan’s chances of wearing the national shirt again are slim.

His situation is further complicated by the availability of ambitious and young stars who are seen as the future of Ghana’s batting department. Mohammed Kudus, just 22 years old, is expected to be a long-time member of the national team.

Inaki Williams’ nationality change also makes for more conspicuous competition as the West Africans hope to build a new generation of players to reach the final stages of major tournaments.

WHAT’S MORE? The Black Stars meet Brazil and Nicaragua in September before the finals in Qatar, where they meet Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea in Group H.

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