World Cup 2022: I took the decision myself alongside my technical team - Otto Addo on squad selection

Published on: 14 November 2022

Otto Addo, coach of the Black Stars has stated that he selected the final 26 man squad for the 2022 World Cup tournament alongside his technical. He also praised the Ghana Football Association president for allowing him to select his players.

Otto Addo sitting alongside Ghana Football Association officials officially announced Ghana's final squad for the tournament today.

Qatar will host the World Cup from November 20 until December 18, 2022. After the tournament in South Korea and Japan in 2002, this will be the second World Cup completely hosted in Asia and the first World Cup to ever be held in the Arab world. Furthermore, the tournament is planned to be the last with a 32-team field; for the tournament in the United States, Mexico, and Canada in 2026, the field is planned to grow to 48 teams.

Charlton Athletic goalkeeper Jojo Wollacott, Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Richard Ofori, and Real Mallorca midfielder Baba Iddrisu are all out of the squad due to injuries.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace midfielder Jeffrey Schlupp and Genk attacker Joseph Paintsil have been left out for various reasons.

Addressing journalists after announcing his squad for the World Cup, Addo said: "Thank you to the GFA President for allowing me do my work," he said.

"For me, that's the most important thing. To be able to make decision myself, of course alongside the technical team."

There are also debut call-ups for Rens midfielder Abdul Salis Samed, Kotoko goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim, and Brugge attacker Kamal Sowah, while Hearts of Oak’s Daniel Afriyie Barnieh is also included.

The Black Stars of Ghana is in Group H alongside Uruguay, Portugal, and South Korea. Ghana will play Portugal on 24th November at the Stadium 974, South Korea on 28th November at the Education City Stadium, and play their final group game against Uruguay on 2nd December at the Al Janoub Stadium.