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Richard Ofori of Maritzburg United, February 2020

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GOALKEEPER – Richard Ofori

Having returned to the Ghana set-up after missing out on the delayed 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament due to injury, Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Ofori is likely to reclaim the No.1 spot from England-based Joseph Wollacott, who deputised as first-choice in the former’s absence, for the Nigeria duel.

Andy Yiadom Ghana

RIGHT-BACK – Andy Yiadom

Despite a first call-up for former Belgium international Denis Odoi, Reading defender Andy Yiadom is still expected to keep his spot as the Black Stars’ starting right-back against the Super Eagles.

Percy Tau Gideon Mensah

LEFT-BACK -Gideon Mensah

With Reading’s Baba Rahman unavailable to face Nigeria due to injury, Bordeaux fullback Mensah is tipped to get the nod at left-back.

Daniel Amartey Ghana

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CENTRAL DEFENDER – Daniel Amartey

Enjoying a purple patch of form at Leicester City this season, Amartey will be expected to lead Ghana’s defence from centre-back on Friday.

Alexander Djiku Ghana

CENTRAL DEFENDER – Alexander Djiku

Strasbourg ace Djiku has been Amartey’s partner at centre-back since pledging his international allegiance to the Black Stars in 2020 and his place in the team is not expected to change against Nigeria.

Alexander Diku Iddrisu Baba Ghana

DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER – Iddrisu Baba

Real Mallorca’s Baba will likely start as the most defensive of a probable Ghana midfield trio against the Super Eagles.

Thomas Partey Ghana

CENTRAL MIDFIELDER – Thomas Partey

High in confidence after being voted Arsenal’s Player for the Month for February, Partey will be expected to boss the midfield on Friday, particularly with Wilfred Ndidi absent for Nigeria.

Mohammed Kudus Ghana

ATTACKING MIDFIELDER – Mohammed Kudus

Ajax sensation Kudus returns to international duty after missing Afcon due to injury. He will be expected to walk back straight into the Ghana first XI as the most attacking man of the anticipated midfield trio.

Abdul Fatawu Issahaku Ghana

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RIGHT FORWARD – Abdul Fatawu Issahaku

Fresh from joining Sporting Club, teenager Issahaku could be deployed on the right wing for a possible battle with fellow Portugal-based Zaidu Sanusi.

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Joseph Paintsil Achraf Hakimi Ghana Morocco Afcon 2021

LEFT FORWARD – Joseph Paintsil

With Stade Rennes attacker Kamaldeen Sulemana out of the Ghana set-up due to injury, Gent speedster Paintsil will likely start at left-wing against Nigeria for what could be a fascinating duel with right-back Ola Aina.

 

Jordan Ayew Ghana

CENTRE FORWARD – Jordan Ayew

Captain Andre Ayew will not play against Nigeria due to suspension, but Crystal Palace forward Jordan Ayew is expected to step up in his brother’s absence, ahead of Roma youngster Felix Afena-Gyan.

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