It’s not going to be easy at 2022 World Cup - Former Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng

Published on: 14 November 2022

Former Ghana international Derek Boateng is anticipating a difficult 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and has called for supports for the Black Stars.

Black Stars have been drawn in Group H alongside Portugal, South Korea and Uruguay.

Ghana will take on Portugal in their first game on November 24 before playing South Korea and Uruguay on November 28 and December 2 respectively.

“It’s a young team so we have to keep supporting them to grow. Sometimes things get worse before they get better. We have to have patience for the team. It’s a young team, we all know we have a young, new coach. Let’s have patience with them.”

“It’s not going to be easy; we all know that it’s tough. It’s a World Cup so we all have to come together as a nation and support them,” he said.

Boateng won 47 caps for the Ghana between 2001 and 2013 and featured at the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups.

At club level, he played in Greece, Sweden, Israel, Germany, Spain, Ukraine, England, and the United States during a career that spanned between 1999 and 2017.

Ghana coach Otto Addo will name his final 26-man squad for the World Cup today.

Black Stars will open camp in Dubai on Monday to begin preparations for the tournament.

Black Stars will play Switzerland in an International friendly on November 17, before travelling to Qatar for the World Cup.

Ghana secured a 4th FIFA World Cup tournament having participated in 2006, 2010, and 2014 in Germany, South Africa, and Brazil after drawing 1-1 against Nigeria in the return leg of the final play-offs at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja to seal qualification on the away goals rule.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup takes place between November 21 and December 18, 2022.

Only three sides from the continent have ever progressed to the quarter-finals; Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002, and Ghana in 2010.