Ghana’s national team, the Black Stars, has been dealt a blow as defender Gideon Mensah will miss their upcoming 2023 AFCON qualifier against Madagascar due to an injury. The left-back reported to camp on Monday but arrived with a knee injury that has now ruled him out of the crucial match.
According to the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Mensah had been managing the knee injury throughout the season with his club. However, after assessment by the team medical head, Dr. Prince Pambo, it was decided that it would be best for Mensah to rest and recover during the break rather than risk further aggravating the injury.
The absence of Mensah presents a challenge for Ghana coach Chris Hughton, who must now decide whether to call up a replacement or work with the squad he already has. This unfortunate turn of events also opens up an opportunity for Patrick Kpozo to step up and potentially start in the game against Madagascar.
Currently sitting at the top of Group E in the qualifiers, the Black Stars will be traveling to Madagascar on June 18, 2023, aiming to maintain their position. With two previous withdrawals due to injuries, Hafiz Konkoni and Kassim Nuhu have already been brought in to replace Inaki Williams and Alexander Djiku, respectively.
While Mensah’s absence is undoubtedly a setback, the Ghanaian team remains determined to secure a positive result against Madagascar and continue their quest for qualification for the 2023 AFCON.