Boost For Ghana As England-Based Players Will Be Released For Red-Listed Zimbabwe Clash
Key Black Stars players who ply their trade in England are expected to be available for the clash with Zimbabwe, a red-listed country, for the 2022 World Cup qualifier in Harare next month.
Talks between FIFA and the UK government over the release of players are far advanced, while changes to the UK law regarding people coming from red-listed Covid-19 countries are being revised.
The released of the players is a massive boost for new Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac, who would have his entire first team squad to face Zimbabwe as they seek to revive their World Cup qualifying fortunes.
Black Stars and Zimbabwe will face home and away 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in October.
But there were fears the Black Stars would be without some of their best players who play in England for the second meeting scheduled for Harare because Zimbabwe unfortunately are considered a red list country by the United Kingdom.
Persons travelling from red list countries to the UK are expected to isolate for 10 days, and that made English clubs block their players from playing qualifiers in such countries in the last international window.
Ghana were affected as Jordan Ayew, Jeffrey Schlupp, Baba Rahman, Daniel Amartey, and Andy Yiadom were not allowed to travel to Johannesburg for South Africa, which the Black Stars were beaten by a single goal.
But talks are ongoing between FIFA and UK authorities for the European country to soften their stance, so players can fully participate in next month’s qualifiers.
If the UK agree to erase the restrictions, Ghana players based in the UK will be available for selection in Harare.
The first tie will happen in Ghana on Saturday, October 9, and the return fixture in Zimbabwe on Tuesday, October 12.
Black Stars know both games are must-wins in their bid to reclaim top spot.