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The 9 'Ghanaians' playing for other countries in Qatar 2022 World Cup

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong
The Ghanaian names playing for other nations in Qatar 2022 World Cup
The Ghanaian names playing for other nations in Qatar 2022 World Cup

It has been an exciting World Cup campaign for Ghana at the ongoing Qatar 2022, considering that optimism was not very high in Ghana among many people ahead of the World Cup

Aside the proud Ghanaian players wearing the national jersey in the Black Stars, flying the flag of Ghana high in football's highest competition in the world, there are other players with Ghanaian origins playing for other nations in Qatar.

Graphic Online has counted at least nine players of Ghanaian origin playing for other nations in Qatar 2022.

USA, Spain, Wales, Belgium, Qatar, Netherlands and Canada are those who have the said players with "roots" to Ghana.

Looking away from only the Ghanaians, there is an African player in many other teams playing in the Qatar World Cup.

Out of the total of 32 teams that are in Qatar, 14 teams have at least one player of African origin in their squad.

Germany, France, Qatar, Belgium, Switzerland and Portugal are those who have the most.

Ghana's rebound in the World Cup

Unlike the 2014 experience where Ghana was eliminated at the Group stage with Ghana 1 - 2 USA, Ghana 2 - 2 Germany and Ghana 1 - 2 Portugal without winning a single match, this year's experience has been different.

This year’s feeling is similar to what was experienced in Germany in 2006 and in South Africa in 2010.

The Black Stars team is made up of talented players who have so far exhibited prowess and commitment.

Considering the team’s poor performance at the 2022 Afcon in Cameroun and what has been exhibited as of now with two matches at the Group stages, a 3 - 2 controversial loss to Portugal with all the debate about that Ronaldo penalty gifted him by the referee and the 3 - 2 win over South Korea even with a notable leaking defence, with the Uruguay match scheduled for Friday, this team of many young players have so much to offer in the future.

Even if, the last Group H match with Uruguay does not go well considering the "leaking defence", and the team is unable to progress to the knockout stage, this is not a team Ghanaian supporters should vent the usual anger on, considering the nature of the game.

There is hope for the present Black Stars squad.

Coach Otto Addo is the first Ghanaian coach to secure a win for Ghana at the senior level of the World Cup.

Ghana's previous World Cup appearances were led by coaches of other foreign nationalities.

The one coach Kwasi Appiah led in Brazil 2014 did not win a single match.

Graphic Online has been monitoring the tournament in Qatar and has sampled some of the Ghanaian names playing in the Qatar World Cup not for the country Ghana, but for other countries.

Celebrated Portuguese coach, José Mourinho for instance had proposed that FIFA should prevent African players from representing countries other than their country of origin.

He argued that such a rule would help African countries win the World Cup. 

“I want the world to realise that Africa is equal to everyone… they have the ability to win any game, only because most of their players are scattered all over the world playing for other countries beyond their homelands,” he stated. 

Below is a list of 9 Ghanaian names playing for other national teams in Qatar 2022 

  • Yunus Musah - USA
  • Nico Williams - Spain
  • Ethan Ampadu - Wales
  • Jeremy Doku - Belgium
  • Mohammed Muntari - Qatar
  • Jeremie Frimpong - Netherlands
  • Memphis Depay - Netherlands
  • Cody Gakpo - Netherlands
  • Richie Laryea - Canada

Aside the Ghanaians, there is an African player in almost every other team playing in the Qatar World Cup.

Below is the list

GROUP A

QATAR

Algeria/Morocco: Karim Boudiaf

Algeria: Boualem Kouki

Cape Verde: Pedro Miguel Carvalho "Ro-Ro

Egypt: Ahmed Alaaldin

Ghana: Mohammed Muntari

Sudan: Meshaal Barsham, Musab Khedar, Abdulaziz, Assim Madibo, Almoez Ali


NETHERLANDS

Ivory Coast: Nathan Aké

Ghana: Jeremie Frimpong, Memphis Depay

Ghana/Togo: Cody Gakpo

 

GROUP B

ENGLAND

Nigeria: Bukayo Saka

 

WALES

Angola: Ben Cabango

Ghana: Ethan Ampadu

Sierra Leone: Sorba Thomas

 

UNITED STATES

Ghana: Yunus Musah

Liberia: Haji Wright, Timothy Weah

 

GROUP D

AUSTRALIA

South Africa: Keanu Baccus

South Sudan: Garang Kuol, Awer Mabil

 

DENMARK

Gambia: Alexander Bah

Tanzania: Yussuf Poulsen

 

FRANCE

Algeria: Karim Benzema

Algeria/Cameroon: Kylian Mbappé

Angola/Congo: Eduardo Camavinga

Benin: Jules Koundé

Cameroon: Aurélien Tchouameni, William Saliba

Guinea-Bissau: Dayot Upamecano

Mali: Ibrahim Konaté, Youssouf Fofana

Morocco: Mattéo Guendouzi

DR Congo: Steve Mandanda, Randal Kolo Muani, Axel Disasi

Senegal/Mali/Mauritania: Ousmane Dembélé

 

GROUP E

GERMANY

Burundi: Thilo Kherer

Cameroon: Armel Bella-Kotchap, Youssoufa Moukoko

Ivory Coast: Serge Gnabry

Nigeria: Jamal Musiala

Senegal: Leroy Sané

Sierra Leone: Antonio Rüdiger

 

SPAIN

Ghana: Nico Williams

Guinea-Bissau: Ansu Fati

Guinea: Alejandro Balde

 

GROUP F

BELGIUM

Ghana: Jeremy Doku

Morocco/DR Congo: Loïs Openda

DR Congo: Romélu Lukaku, Youri Tielemans, Michy Batshuayi

Senegal/Cameroon: Amadou Onana

 

CANADA

Ivory Coast: Ismaël Koné

Ghana: Richie Laryea

Liberia: Alphonso Davies

Nigeria: Ike Ugbo, Samuel Adekugbe

 

GROUP G

SWITZERLAND

Cameroon: Breel Embolo

Cape Verde: Edimilson Fernandes

Nigeria: Manuel Akanji, Noah Okafor

Senegal: Djibril Sow

South Sudan/Congo: Denis Zakaria

 

GROUP H

PORTUGAL

Angola: Nuno Mendes, William Carvalho, Joao Mario, Rafael Leao

Guinea-Bissau: Danilo Pereira

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