Ghana boss Kwesi Appiah has only 10 days before he needs to name his 30-man preliminary World Cup squad. Seven of those players will be cut out of the side over the following month before the Black Stars are left with the 23 players who will travel to Brazil to contest the tournament.
The situation with the Black Stars and their squad dynamic is unique among the 32 teams who will compete this summer.
Ahead of the CAF Qualifying play-off with Egypt, a number of high profile players decided to return to the national side having previously turned their back on the Black Stars. Appiah can hardly turn his back on quality or experienced players such as Michael Essien, Kevin-Prince Boateng, and Andre and Jordan Ayew, and so the uncommitted quartet have been drafted back into the side at the expense of some of those players who have remained loyal to the West Africans.
However, it remains to be seen how squad unity and morale will be affected as.
The uncertainty created by this raft of returnees naturally means that there is some ambiguity surrounding the make-up of Appiah’s World Cup 23. This article attempts to second guess the coach and predict the players that will represent Ghana in Brazil.