2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Why Jordan Ayew should be dropped against Nigeria

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A former Black Stars player Stephen Frimpong Manso has urged the handlers of the national team to overlook Jordan Aryew in relation to the double header against the Super Eagles of Nigeria ahead of the World Cup playoffs.

In his view, Jordan’s level of inconsistency for both club and country has come put him under heaps of criticisms in recent times.

“Our biggest headache is the attack, where Jordan Ayew has proved that he cannot be relied upon to handle it, hence the need for the Black Stars coach to look for other options as we meet Nigeria in our last World Cup qualifier,” Frimpong-Manso, famous for his exploits with Asante Kotoko during his playing career, told the Graphic Sports.

“Our left-back position is also a cause of worry, and against Nigeria who have sharp wingers, there is the need for the coach to address that area holistically.

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“We need reliable defenders at our laterals to hold the wings of Nigeria based on the output of the Black Stars at Afcon.

“We need another look at our left-back and right-backs, so we need to do everything to convince Southampton centre-back Mohammed Salisu, and Brentford’s Tarique Fosu to play against Nigeria.

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“Another weakness with the Black Stars is the goalkeeping department where Joseph Wollacott performed below average in the Afcon.

“His output in Cameroun showed that he has to give way to other goalkeepers, and it is Richard Attah of Hearts of Oak who readily comes to mind. If Razak Abalora is in form, he should also be invited to join Attah.”

Interim Ghana head coach Otto Addo is yet to announce his squad for the upcoming double header but Ayew is expected to make the roster.

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