With Andrew Ayew, Jordan Ayew and Thomas Partey set to miss the upcoming Afcon qualifiers, Mubarak Wakaso is set to lead the Black Stars of Ghana.
Wakaso is the most senior player in the Ghana camp and coach Charles Akonnor has chosen the Jiangsu Suning FC star to lead his troops.
Ghana take on South Africa and Sudan later this month and the West African nation is set to be without some key overseas-based players due to Covid19 travel protocols.
In the United Kingdom, all players who travel to the red-list travel ban countries must quarantine for at least 10 days after their return. This means Swansea City star Andre Ayew, Crystal Palace duo Jordan Ayew and Jeffrey Schlupp, Arsenal’s Thomas Partey, Brentford’s Tariq Fosu, Southampton’s Mohammed Salisu, Leicester City’s Daniel Amartey, Andy Yiadom who ply their trade in England will not be released by their clubs.
These players have been key for their respective clubs in the ongoing campaign and their coaches don’t want them to miss some of the upcoming league fixtures due to quarantine.
With the Chinese league yet to resume, Wakaso has been training with the team for weeks.
He captained the Black Stars as they beat Legon Cities 3-1 on Wednesday at the Accra Sports Stadium. Since making his debut with Ashanti Gold FC in 2008, the 30-year-old has played in several countries in his career. He has played in Spain, Russia, Greece, Scotland and now China.
Group C is still open with Ghana, South Africa and Sudan all still having a chance to make it to the finals in Cameroon next year. Akonnor’s side opened their qualification campaign with a 2-0 home victory against Bafana Bafana before beating Sao Tome away from home a few days later.
Last year November, the West Africans faced Sudan in a double-header. They romped to a comfortable victory at home before being stunned in the second game in Sudan.
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By Prince Sobayeni