Ghana vs Nigeria: Why Black Stars squad announcement delayed

Ghana Football Association (GFA) Executive Council member Tony Aubyn has explained why the Black Stars squad which will face Nigeria later this month is yet to be released.

The Black Stars are set for a crunch showdown with arch rivals Nigeria later this month, with the winner of the two-legged tie securing a spot in the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals in Qatar.

Ghanaians have no idea which players have been invited to take on the Super Eagles with 10 days left before the first-leg encounter which will be played at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Ghana on March 24.

By contrast, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has already released their squad on March 4, with the Super Eagles set to host the Black Stars Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Nigeria on March 27 in the second-leg clash.

“The reason why the squad has not been released is a technical decision backed by management,” Dr Aubyn said on Ghana Soccer Net.

“We recently formed the technical team and the management team and I’m sure they have a reason why and they have their own time lines. It is for a good reason.

“I cannot explain even though I’m in the EXCO. We have given them the responsibility to the technical team,” he continued.

“I believe that the squad will be announced soon and I can’t tell how soon because I don’t know the timeline.”

Ghana have a new head coach in Otto Addo, who is a former Black Stars player, having been appointed last month.

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