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2026 World Cup Qualifiers: Ghana’s probable lineup against Madagascar

2026 World Cup Qualifiers: Ghana's probable lineup against Madagascar

Ghana will host Madagascar in first game of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi on Friday, November 17, 2023.

The Black Stars will have to annihilate Madagascar to boost confidence for the next fixture against Comoros at Moroni on Tuesday, November 21.

And after carefully monitoring the Black Stars training sessions, below could be the team’s starting lineup for the Madagascar clash on Friday.

Below is Ghana probable lineup;

GK: Lawrence Ati Zigi

The St Gallen goalkeeper joined the Black Stars camp late but has been involved in two training sessions and could start in the posts for the Black Stars ahead of Jojo Wollacott and Richard Ofori.

With the advantage of being the first-choice goalkeeper for the Black Stars, Ati Zigi is narrowly ahead of Ofori and Wollacott despite arriving late in camp.

RB: Alidu Seidu

It’s very likely that coach Chris Hughton could go into the game with a 4-2-4 formation with Alidu Seidu starting as the right-back ahead of Denis Odoi.

The Clermont Foot defender has been impressive at training and coach Hughton will need his energy and agility in defence against the free-flowing Madagascar attack.

LB: Gideon Mensah

Even though Mensah has been underperforming I’m recent Black Stars matches, the talented defender might start the left-back role against Madagascar on Friday.

Gideon Mensah might get the starting nod ahead of Medeama SC’s Abdul Fatawu Hamidu who has been spectacular whenever given the chance to play in the Black Stars jersey.

CB: Daniel Amartey

It’s of no doubt that Amartey will start against Madagascar barring any unforeseen circumstances.

The Besiktas defender is the most highly experienced players in the current Black Stars squad and his availability comes as huge boost to the Ghana.

CB: Nicholas Opoku

Opoku might start the game alongside Daniel Amartey in the heart of defence.

The Amiens SC defender could start the match ahead of Nurudeen Abdulai and Kassim Adams.

DM: Baba Iddrisu

With the absence of Thomas Partey, Baba Iddrisu looks favorite to start against Madagascar on Friday evening.

The Almeria midfielder might start the defensive midfield role for Ghana.

CM: Abdul Salis Samed

Salis is a huge favorite to pair Baba Iddrisu in midfield but more as a central midfielder ahead of Edmund Addo and Majeed Ashmeru.

The Lens midfielder has been in a sensation form at club level and might start against Madagascar at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.

RW: Inaki Williams

Williams might not start the game as the center forward as he is known for but as a right winger with his speed.

Even though Abdul Fatawu Issahaku, Osman Bukari and Joseph Paintsil are the wingers invited for the two matches, it is more likely that Inaki Williams might begin the Madagascar fixture as a right winger.

It’s not a new role for Inaki Williams as he has played at same position at Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Laliga.

LW: Jordan Ayew

Ayew could start the game as a left winger per the formation ahead of Ernest Nuamah who is known for playing at such position.

The Crystal Palace talisman is expected to support Gideon Mensah with defensive duties as well.

CF: Mohammed Kudus

Kudus looks more likely to play behind the center forward with a playmaking role where he will operates in a free role between the midfield and the attackers.

The West Ham United attacker could support the Black Stars attack with his excellent vision, control and passing range to dictate the play.

CF: Antoine Semenyo

Semenyo might start the crucial encounter as the center forward as his strength will be needed to press the Madagascar defenders.

The AFC Bournemouth striker could be played as the center forward ahead of Inaki Williams and Jonathan Sowah who was incredible in his last game for the Black Stars.

Below is Ghana lineup

GK: Lawrence Ati Zigi
Alidu Seidu
Gideon Mensah
Daniel Amartey
Nicholas Opoku
Baba Iddrisu
Abdul Salis Samed
Inaki Williams
Jordan Ayew
Mohammed Kudus
Antoine Semenyo

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