Ghana coach excited as Jordan Ayew tests negative to COVID-19 ahead of Nigeria clash


The forward was almost ruled out of the game after initially testing positive for COVID-19 over the weekend but can now play against Super Eagles

Ghana and Crystal Palace forward Jordan Ayew has been passed fit to play against Nigeria in the first leg of the 2022 Fifa World Cup playoffs at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Friday.

The 29-year-old was initially tested positive for COVID-19 last weekend and that even ruled him out of Crystal Palace’s 3-0 victory over Everton in the FA Cup.

However, upon further checks on Tuesday, he has been passed fit to travel to Ghana and join the national team as Black Stars prepare for Nigeria.

“Jordan Ayew has tested negative for Covid and will join the team later this week in Kumasi ahead of the Nigeria game,” Director of Communication of Ghana FA Henry Asante said in an interview.

“Everyone is happy that he is finally coming. We know his quality and what he brings on board to the team. The coaches will determine whether he will start the game or not,” he added.

Meanwhile, twelve players who represented the country at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations have dropped from the squad to be used against Nigeria.

They include:

Samuel Owusu – Al Feiha – injured

Baba Rahman – Reading – injured

Kamaldeen Sulemana – injured

Maxwell Abbey Quaye – Great Olympics – snubbed

David Abagna Sandan – RTU – snubbed

Richmond Boakye-Yiadom – Beitar Jerusalem – snubbed

Andre Ayew – Al Sadd – Suspended

Benjamin Tetteh – Yeni Malatyaspor – Suspended

Richard Attah – Hearts of Oak – Snubbed

Wakaso Mubarak – Shenzhen F.C – Snubbed

Philimon Baffour – Rio Ave – Snubbed

Jonathan Mensah – Columbus Crew – Snubbed


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