Four local based players will be on duty for the senior national soccer team the Black Stars of Ghana in the international break for a double header against the Wallias of Ethiopia and Bafana Bafana of South Africa this weekend in the ongoing Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
The Ghana Premier League will not close for the international break and will still be in section as Dreams FC misses their duo Fatawu Issahaku and Philemon Baffour. Asante Kotoko captain Abdul Ganiu will also join the national team as he misses their clash against Bibiani Gold Stars at the Duns Park.
The league winners Accra Hearts will let off their first goal keeper, Richard Attah for the service of the national as they host Aduana Stars in Accra this weekend in week 3 of the season.
Steadfast FC teenager Fatawu Issahaku who joined Dreams FC on loan from the division one side has made a record for himself in the GPL scoring a magnificent goal against Asante Kotoko in their 3-1 defeat in week one and was on the scoring sheet for Dreams FC again as they recorded their first win of the season over Elmina Sharks after 3-1 scoreline with Philemon Baffour playing a key role for the club as a defender in the premier league.
Kotoko captain Abdul Ismail Ganiu has also contributed a good effort in Kotoko’s straight wins over Dreams FC and Bechem United.
Richard Attah has also conceded only one goal in the league this season but have had a bad record to concede 6 goals in a single game against Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco in the preliminary stage of the CAF Champions League.
Abdul Ganiu and Abdul Fatawu Issahaku have all played for the national team before whiles Richard Attah and Philemon Baffour are yet to be in the colours of the team.
Richard Attah’s absence this weekend in Hearts of Oak will be an advantage for either Benjamin Mensah and Richmond Ayi to be in the goal post against Aduana Stars on Monday.
Both Baffour and Issahaku played in the Africa U20 Championship to help Ghana lift the trophy on 6th March earlier this year.
These four local players will be expected to return back to their various clubs after the international break.
Ghana are behind South Africa on the table of Group G in the World Cup qualifiers with only one point difference.
Ghana will have to beat Ethiopia as they tie up in a neutral ground at the South Africa’s Orlando Sports Stadium in Johannesburg to boost their hope for for qualifying to the Mundial.
Check the fixtures for the clubs of these local players in week 3 below.
Bibiani Gold Stars vs Asante Kotoko – Friday, 12th November
Dreams FC vs Elmina Sharks – Saturday, 13th November
Hearts of Oak vs Aduana Stars – Monday, 15th November