Ghana returned to the World Cup after failing to qualify for the tournament in Russia four years ago.
Prior to that, they were in 2006; He competed in the 2010 and 2014 competitions.
Head coach Otto Addo only took charge of the Ghana team earlier this year ahead of the CAF World Cup qualifiers against Nigeria. The team previously topped their qualification group, surpassing South Africa in terms of their head-to-head record.
Addo managed a goalless draw at home to Ghana in the first leg and a 1-1 away draw in Nigeria in the second leg to qualify for the World Cup.
This year, Ghana will play Portugal, They were drawn in Group H along with Uruguay and South Korea. They faced Uruguay for the first time since the 2010 World Cup quarter-finals, when Luis Suarez’s handball stopped a certain goal for Ghana. In the end, Asamoah Gyan missed the resulting kick and Ghana lost on penalties.
Ghana also faced Portugal in the group stage in 2014. Portugal’s 2-1 win in the final group game prevented Ghana from progressing to the round of 16.
Ghana’s squad includes a number of big names from European club football, such as Arsenal’s Thomas Payette and Ajax’s Mohamed Koudas, as well as some players who recently switched their citizenship to represent the African nation. Brighton & Hove Albion’s Tariq Lamptey and Athletic Bilbao’s Inaki Williams are two such examples and will be expected to represent Ghana in controversial Qatar hosting the tournament.
Ghana’s most recent international team
Goalkeeper: Richard Ofori (Orlando Pirates), Joe Wollacott (Swindon Town), Abdul Manaf Nurudeen (Eupen).
Background people Denis Odoi (Club Bruges), Tariq Lamptey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Alidu Seidu (Clermont Foot), Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo), Gideon Mensah (Bordeaux), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City), Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg), Abdul Rahman Baba (reading); Mohammed Salisu (Southampton); Stephan Ambrosius (Karlsruher).
Midfielders Thomas Partey (Arsenal), Iddrisu Baba (Real Mallorca), Elisha Owusu (Gent), Daniel-Kofi Kyereh (Freiburg), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax), Andre Ayew (Al Saad).
Next: Osman Bukari (Nantes), Kamaldeen Sulemana (Rennes), Daniel Afriyie (Oak Hearts), Ransford-Yeboah Konigsdorffer (Hamburg), Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City), Abdul Fatawu Issahaku (Sporting Lisbon), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace). Felix Afena-Gyan (Roma), Inaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao), Benjamin Tetteh (Hull).
Recent calls from Ghana
Goalkeeper: Richard Attah (Oak Hearts).
Background people Johnathan Mensah (Columbus Crew), Nicholas Opoku (Amiens).
Midfielders Alfred Duncan (Fiorentina).
Next: Richmond Boakye (Lamia); Samuel Owusu (Cukaricki).
Key dates of the World Cup
Friday October 21st: Preliminary roster (35-55 players) due
Monday November 14: Final roster of 23-26 players to be presented
Tuesday November 15: FIFA officially announces all 32 teams
Clarified World Cup provisional squads.
(Photo: DANIEL BELOUMOU OLOMO/AFP Getty Images)