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Ghana odds to win World Cup 2022: Confirmed squad, route to the final, ranking & form

By Ben Green

Published: 9:45, 24 November 2022 | Updated: 17:40, 25 November 2022

Ghana return to the World Cup after a one-tournament absence — and Otto Addo has a ‘Golden Generation’ of precocious stars ready to take football’s quadrennial showpiece by storm.

The Black Stars were sorely missed in 2018, but the West African nation are back in the big time, hoping to replicate their famous quarter-final exploits from 2010. Former Borussia Dortmund winger Otto Addo now has the reins, and he is tasked with guiding the nation’s new wave of exciting and charismatic prospects to the latter stages of Qatar 2022.


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The latest Ghana odds to win the World Cup

Betting market Bet365
Ghana to win the World Cup 350/1
Ghana to reach semi-final odds 33/1
Ghana to reach quarter-final odds 10/1
Ghana odds to win Group H 14/1
Kamaldeen Sulemana World Cup Golden Boot odds 200/1

Our recommended Ghana bet for World Cup 2022

Ghana’s most memorable snapshot in the World Cup came 12 years ago in Soccer City. Milovan Rajevac’s men looked destined for South Africa’s penultimate round, but late drama saw them crash out after Asamoah Gyan missed a 120th-minute penalty, and Sebastian Abreu — imbued with self-belief — panenka’d Uruguay to the semis. Their most recent — and third — appearance at a World Cup came in 2014, but ended with a whimper. Managed by James Kwesi Appiah, the Black Stars were unable to navigate a ‘Group of Death’ containing Germany and Portugal. And they ultimately crashed out with just the single point.


Ghana route to the World Cup 2022 final in Qatar

Group stage fixtures

Fixture Stadium Date*
Portugal vs Ghana Stadium 974 24 November 2022, 4pm
South Korea vs Ghana Education City Stadium 28 November 2022, 1pm
Ghana vs Uruguay Al Janoub Stadium 06 December 2022, 3pm
*All times GMT

It’s not the easiest of groups for the returning nation. Their curtain-raising fixture sees them take on a Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal in Doha, before attention switches to the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, where Son Heung-min and co. lie in wait. Then it’s the biggie, arguably the greatest grudge match since the Palaeolithic Period: Ghana v Uruguay. Pantomime Villain Luis Suarez is still going strong for Uruguay at the ripe old age of 35, and there will certainly be a few revenge-seekers in that Ghana squad. It has all the ingredients for a World Cup classic, with points on the line, and a few scores to settle.

Who could Ghana meet in the knockout rounds?

Were Ghana to defy expectation and top Group H, then they would first take on the runners-up in Group G, most likely to be Serbia, with the expectation that Brazil top the table. A win in the first knockout round would then pit the West Africans up against either the winners of Group F or the runners-up in Group E. Belgium, as the world-ranked No. 2 nation, are naturally favourites to win Group F, while the runners-up of Group E could be either Spain or Germany. Take your pick; all three are ominous propositions. From the semi-finals onwards, it’s a who’s who of past title-winners.

If Ghana win Group H Potential opponent
Round of 16 Serbia
Quarter-Final Germany
Semi-Final France
Final Brazil

A runners-up position in Group H is most likely to pit you against Brazil, who would be disappointed with anything other than first place in Group G. If that scenario transpires and Ghana claim a huge scalp against South America’s footballing royalty, then their reward is most likely a showdown with either Germany or Spain, toss a coin. And once again, from the semis onwards, you’re likely to run into a few World Cup heavyweights.

If Ghana come runners up in Group H Potential opponent
Round of 16 Brazil
Quarter-Final Spain
Semi-Final Argentina
Final France

Confirmed Ghana World Cup 2022 squad

Player  Position Age Club
Lawrence Ati-Zigi Goalkeeper 25 St. Gallen
Ibrahim Danlad Goalkeeper 26 Asante Kotoko
Abdul Manaf Nurudeen Goalkeeper 23 Eupen
Baba Rahman Defender 28 Reading
Daniel Amartey Defender 27 Leicester City
Alexander Djiku Defender 28 Strasbourg
Gideon Mensah Defender 24 Auxerre
Joseph Aidoo Defender 27 Celta Vigo
Denis Odoi Defender 34 Club Brugge
Tariq Lamptey Defender 22 Brighton
Mohammed Salisu Defender 23 Southampton
Alidu Seidu Defender 22 Clermont
Thomas Partey Midfielder 29 Arsenal
Andre Ayew Midfielder 32 Al-Sadd
Daniel Afriyie Midfielder 21 Hearts of Oak
Mohammed Kudus Midfielder 22 Ajax
Daniel-Kofi Kyereh Midfielder 26 Freiburg
Elisha Owusu Midfielder 25 Gent
Salis Abdul Samed Midfielder 22 Lens
Jordan Ayew Forward 31 Crystal Palace
Kamaldeen Sulemana Forward 20 Rennes
Inaki Williams Forward 28 Athletic Bilbao
Abdul Fatawu Issahaku Forward 18 Sporting CP
Kamal Sowah Forward 22 Club Brugge
Osman Bukari Forward 23 Red Star Belgrade
Antoine Semenyo Forward 22 Bristol City

Ghana players to watch at this year’s World Cup 2022

Ghana top World Cup Golden Boot contender – Kamaldeen Sulemana

Yet to even score for Ghana after 11 appearances, Kamaldeen Sulemana has emerged as one of the most exciting and prolific players for his nation. The talented tyro rose to prominence at Nordsjaelland in Denmark during a breakthrough 2020/21 campaign. That season in North Zealand attracted plenty of covetous glances from Europe’s leading lights, but it was Rennes who nudged their way to the front of the queue last summer. A maiden campaign in Ligue 1 saw a return of four goals and two assists, but that doesn’t paint the entire picture for wing-wizard Sulemana. Since the start of last season, no player with over 1,000 minutes in Ligue 1 has completed more take-ons per 90 minutes than Ghana’s fleet-footed phenom (4.72). He has the makings of a generational talent, if he can tap into that potential.

Ghana player to watch – Inaki Williams

What a few months it’s been for the Williams brothers. Both Inaki, and younger sibling Nico received their first international call-ups for a new nation. Inaki has previously been capped by Spain but the ever-present Athletic Bilbao forward has now switched allegiances to Ghana. Nico meanwhile has emulated his brother by accepting Luis Enrique’s invitation to La Roja‘s talent-laden squad. Now in the colours of Ghana, Addo has an exciting attacking weapon to complement the skill and flair of Sulemana. It’s a mouth-watering proposition.

Ghana emerging player to look out for – Mohammed Kudus

This is an exciting time to be a Ghana fan. Not only have the likes of Williams and Tariq Lamptey switched international allegiances to embellish Addo’s squad with pace and creative penetration, but there are emerging superstars to double up on that. Mohammed Kudus has been a revelation in Amsterdam this season, alleviating the attacking void left by Antony at Ajax. The 22-year-old already has 10 goals to his name in 21 appearances this campaign, including that thunderbolt against Liverpool at Anfield. The collective talent is oozing in this squad. Addo just has to find a formula to synchronise their respective attributes.


Ghana tactical analysis & likely formation at the World Cup

There’s an element of the unknown about Addo’s tactical blueprint given his infancy in the hotseat. But, the former creator has enjoyed a stellar education since hanging up his boots. Assistant at Borussia Dortmund during Edin Terzic’s first stint, and a similar role for Ghana before taking the No. 1 berth, Addo has all the tools to thrive in the dugout.

The 47-year-old took charge of Ghana for their decisive World Cup qualifier against Nigeria (at that point still as interim boss). He opted for a flexible 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 during the two-legged contest. A midfield composition of Baba, Partey and Kudus offered a blend of defensive tenacity and final-third enterprise. Attacking wise, and defensively, though, there are likely to be tweaks, with Williams and Lamptey now both options. But, the possibilities at both ends of the field are tantalising and — perhaps more importantly — plentiful.


Ghana’s previous World Cup finishes

Year

Finish

1962

Did not qualify

1966

Withdrew

1970

Did not qualify

1974

Did not qualify

1978

Did not qualify

1982

Withdrew

1986

Did not qualify

1990

Did not qualify

1994

Did not qualify

1998

Did not qualify

2002

Did not qualify

2006

Round of 16

2010

Quarter-finals

2014

Group stage

2018

Did not qualify

Ghana FAQs

Where are Ghana in the Fifa world rankings?

Ghana are currently ranked 61st in the Fifa world rankings.

Who is the Ghana manager?

As previously alluded to, ex-Hannover, Dortmund, Mainz and Hamburger attacker Otto Addo is currently the man in charge. He took control of six matches earlier this year as interim boss, and has since been given the job on a permanent basis.

Who is the current Ghana captain?

Andre Ayew typically dons the captain’s armband, but Partey had the responsibility in his absence during the qualifying play-off to Nigeria. It will be Ayew for the World Cup, though.

How many times have Ghana won the World Cup? 

There is yet to be a World Cup winner from the African continent. Could that change this year?

How many times have Ghana competed in the World Cup?

Ghana have appeared in the World Cup on three occasions, all coming successively between Germany 2006 and Brazil 2014. Their tournament debut in 2006 culminated in a last-16 appearance, where they came up short to Brazil in Dortmund’s hallowed Westfalenstadion turf.

Who has scored Ghana’s most goals in World Cup tournaments?

Asamoah Gyan is royalty in the World Cup for Ghana. He has six tournament goals to his name, spanning three tournaments (2006, 2010 and 2014)

Which player from Ghana has the most World Cup appearances?

The former Sunderland marksman is also his nation’s record appearance-maker at the World Cup. And the only player to rack up double digits (11).

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