Kurt Simeon Okraku, President of the Ghana Football Association, has called for unity and calm after the Black Stars squad announcement ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Black Stars manager Otto Addo named his 26-man squad on Monday 14th November, 2022 with ace midfy Mubarak Wakaso and injured trio Jojo Wollacott, Richard Ofori and Iddrisu Baba missing out due to separate injuries.
Surprisingly, Genk star Joseph Paintsil, Jeffrey Schlupp, Ransford-Yeboah Konigsdorffer and Majeed Ashimeru were also kicked out from the final 26-man squad.
“This is the Black Stars and only 26 players had the opportunity to be called. Let us support the team and the technical team. As I have said, only 26 players will have to be in Qatar and not 26 million players,” said the FA boss.
“All the negativity around the Black Stars team, must stop. Let’s be positive. Let’s rally around the flag and let’s make our dear nation great and strong.”
The Black Stars will pitch camp in Abu Dhabi, where they will play their final pre-tournament friendly against Switzerland on Thursday, November 17.
Ghana face Portugal in their World Cup opener on November 24.
They are joined in Group H by South Korea and Uruguay.
Below is the Black Stars’ final 26-man squad for the tournament: