Defender Jonathan Mensah will return to Ghana’s starting line-up on Monday, 6 September 2021, to face South Africa in their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
The Columbus Crew captain is the like-for-like replacement for Daniel Amartey, who has been recalled by his English Premier League side Leicester City.
Mensah is one of the in-form Ghana centre backs abroad this season after scoring two MLS goals in 21 appearances.
He will partner Alexander Djiku at the back as the Black Stars chase a second win after the opening 1-0 win over Ethiopia at home last Friday.
The Black Stars will try to return to the global tournament when the tournament takes place in the Asian country of Qatar next year.
CK Akonnor’s team will travel to South Africa to play on match day two in Johannesburg on Monday in their attempt to qualify for their fourth World Cup appearance.
After missing the 2018 event in Russia, Ghana has set their sights on returning to the World Cup.
The Black Stars reached the world showpiece in Germany 2006 where they were making their first appearance.
They then went on to reach the Round of 16.
They secured a qualification ticket for the South African 2010 edition. This campaign saw them reach the quarter-finals, where they were defeated by Uruguay.
They made their third consecutive appearance at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but they were forced to exit at the group stage for the first-time.