Inaki Williams Withdraws From Ghana Squad to Face Madagascar : Athletic Bilbao striker Inaki Williams will not be part of the Ghana squad for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Madagascar.
The Black Stars forward says he has been playing with a knee injury and after consultations with the medical team of his club , has decided to focus on healing so he gets back to full fitness for next season.
The Match-Day Five game takes place on 18th June at Madagascar.
The full Ghana squad :
Goalkeepers: Lawrence Ati-Zigi (St. Gallen), Joseph Wollacott (Charlton Athletic), Abdul Manaf Nurudeen (KAS Eupen)
Defenders: Denis Odoi (Club Brugge), Alidu Seidu (Clermont Foot), Gideon Mensah (Auxerre), Patrick Kpozo (Sheriff Tiraspol), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City), Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo), Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg), Nicholas Opoku (Amiens)
Midfielders: Thomas Partey (Arsenal FC), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax Amsterdam), Majeed Ashimeru (Anderlecht), Salis Abdul Samed (Lens), Edmund Addo (Spartak Subotica)
Wingers: Joseph Painstil (Genk), Osman Bukari (Red Star Belgrade), KamalDeen Sulemana (Southampton), Ernest Nuamah (FC Nordsjaelland)
Attackers: Andre Ayew (Nottingham Forest), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace), Inaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao), Kwasi Okyere Wriedt (Holstein Kiel).
Williams is yet to score a goal for Ghana in eight national team matches and back in March , Chris Hughton defended the La Liga-based attacker.
“It’s very much part and parcel of the game. What we know in Inaki is that he is a very good player, playing in a good team in a good League. I think with somebody like Inaki it’s not all about goals.” , Hughton said.
“He plays consistently for his team. But I think it’s his contribution in the game; he is a player that makes a lot of runs. He stretches the play a bit and sometimes it benefits other players.
So I think as regards his goal scoring with us and the Black Stars, it will come but sometimes it doesn’t come as quick as what you want.
What is more important for us is his contribution in the game and for the team that is the most important thing.” , the Ghana coach added.
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