Ati-Zigi Turning Hate into Love : Lawrence Ati – Zigi is no more the Black Stars goalkeeper, ridiculed by many for his tendency of conceding cheap goals.
The respect and standing of the St. Gallen first choice keeper have shot up at the Black Stars since the 2022 FIFA World Cup concluded. The tournament saw Lawrence start and complete all three group stage matches of the Black Stars.
The rise continues for the Switzerland-based keeper.
The Red Bull Ghana product has started the last five games of the Black Stars in the past four months. He’s never had this opportunity before. Of course injuries to Joseph Wollacot and Richard Ofori within that space of time have played a major role in the rise of reputation of Ati-Zigi but he impressed.
His intervention against Cristiano Ronaldo at the Qatar World Cup ranks highest among his long list of great moments in the Ghana jersey in recent matches.
Almost every coach will tell you the goalkeeping position is the only area of the team hardly changed from one player to another and this should be music to the ears of Ati-Zigi ; the Ghana first choice role is for him to lose at the moment.
Ati-Zigi at the National Team since the start of 2022 :
Friendly. Algeria 3 Ghana 0 on January 5th – 24 minutes played from the bench.
2022AFCON. Morocco 1 Ghana 0 on January 10th -He was unused substitute. Richard Attah and Manaf Nurudeen were unused subs as Wollacot started and finished this game.
2022AFCON. Gabon 1 Ghana 1 on January 14th – He was unused substitute alongside Manaf Nurudeen as Wollacot started and finished this game.
2022AFCON. Ghana 2 Comoros 3 on January 18th -He was unused substitute. Richard Attah and Manaf Nurudeen were unused subs as Wollacot started and finished this game.
WCQ. Ghana 0 Nigeria 0 on March 25th -He was not part of the squad. Richard Ofori and Manaf Nurudeen were unused subs as Wollacot started and completed this game.
WCQ. Nigeria 1 Ghana 1 on March 29th – He was unused substitute alongside Richard Ofori as Wollacot started and finished this match.
AFCON Qualifiers. Ghana 3 Madagascar 0 on June 1st -He was unused substitute as Wollacot started this game.
AFCON Qualifiers. CAR 1 Ghana 1 on June 5th – 90 minutes played.
Kirin Cup. Japan 4 Ghana 1 on June 10th – 90 minutes played.
Kirin Cup. Chile 0 Ghana 0 on June 14th – He was unused substitute as Manaf Nurudeen started this game.
Friendly. Brazil 3 Ghana 0 on September 23rd –He was not invited.
Friendly. Nicaragua 0 Ghana 1 on September 27th – He was not invited.
Friendly. Ghana 2 Switzerland 0 on November 17th – 90 minutes played.
2022 FIFA WC. Portugal 3 Ghana 2 on November 24th – 90 minutes played.
2022 FIFA WC. Ghana 3 South Korea 2 on 28th November – 90 minutes played.
2022 FIFA WC. Uruguay 2 Ghana 0 on 2nd December – 90 minutes played.
2023 AFCON Q. Ghana 1 Angola 0 on March 25th – 90 minutes played.
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