Ghana coach Otto Addo likely to drop this midfielder who plays in France ahead of Nigeria clash


The midfielder picked up an injury at his club side and could be out of the cliffhanger encounter against Nigeria in three weeks time

Ghana’s sensational winger Kamaldeen Sulemana has suffered a small crack in his back vertebra and could miss Ghana’s World Cup Play off game against Nigeria later this month, according to reports in the local media.

Although, Kamaldeen Sulemana has been named in the provisional squad which will be made official in the coming days, his availability is still doubtful since he may need more time to fully recover from the setback.

According to Stade Rennais head coach Bruno Genesio, the winger could be sidelined for a month or two which means that he may sit out of both the first leg of the 2022 Fifa World Cup playoffs against Nigeria at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium and the second leg in Abuja.

“No, it’s not a blow, he [Kamaldeen Sulemana] has what it is called an isthmic lysis. I’m not a doctor so I’m not going to go into details but it’s a small crack in a vertebra in the back,” Genesio said in a press conference.

“For now, there is no delay because it is still a little sensitive place so we will see the evolution as we go along but he may sit out for some time we are unaware of” he added.

The former FC Nordsjaelland player failed to glitter at the Africa Cup of Nations held in Cameroon between January and February, but his quality has never been in doubt.

Sulemana has been touted as the next big thing in Europe following his explosive displays and even beats PSG superstar Lionel Messi in terms of dribbles in French Ligue 1 this season.

Earlier on Thursday, reports emerged that Otto Addo has dropped seven players who were part of the Black Stars squad that participated in 2021 Africa Cup of Nations ahead of 2022 Fifa World Cup playoffs against Nigeria later this year and Kamaldeen’s injury could become a major worry.

Notable among the names dropped include Andre Ayew and box-to-box midfielder Wakaso Mubarak who could not kick a ball at the Afcon due to injury concerns.

Ayew, in particular, has been dropped because of suspension as he picked a red card against Comoros in the final game of the group stage at the Afcon.

Also, former Dreams FC player Philimon Baffour who has constantly been chastised by Ghanaians for his inclusion in the Black Stars has finally been dropped alongside RTU midfielder David Abagna Sandan.

Also, Yeni Malatyspor striker Benjamin Tetteh has been dropped following his ban by CAF after he was captured on camera for hitting a Gabonese player at the Afcon.

The others include Great Olympics forward Maxwell Abbey Quaye and St. Gallen goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi for poor run of performance. The shot-stopper, in particular, has been constantly conceding goals (44) in 23 games in the Swiss Premier League


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