2022 FIFA WCQ: Fiorentina midfielder Alfred Duncan denies rumours he turned down Ghana call-up due to injury

Published on: 06 October 2021

Fiorentina midfielder Alfred Duncan has denied rumours he turned down Ghana call-up for the upcoming FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Zimbabwe due to injury.

The 28-year-old was named in the 32-man provisional squad for the doubleheader on October 9 and 12 respectively.

However, on Monday, the Ghana Football Association said in a statement that Duncan together with four players has been “excused” from the squad but gave no details on the reason for their exclusion.

China-based Mubarak Wakaso, Asante Kotoko defender Ismail Abdul Ganiyu, Spezia winger Edwin Gyasi and Brentford attacker Tariqe Fosu Henry were the other absentees.

"With regards to my absence in the national team, I spoke to the head coach of the Black Stars but there was a miscommunication somewhere but I don’t remember saying I was injured!" Duncan wrote on his official Instagram page.

"Online bloggers academy, get your facts right before putting fingers on a keyboard. If I want to refuse a call-up, I will do so and not by faking injury."

The midfielder has made six Serie A appearances so far this season.

Ghana are second in Group G level, on points with Ethiopia. Ghana won their first game against Ethiopia 1-0 and lost against Bafana Bafana by the same scoreline.

The Black Stars will take on Zimbabwe on Saturday, October 12 at the Cape Coast stadium on matchday three of the qualifiers before travelling to Harare three days later for the reverse fixture.