The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has announced that Inaki Williams will not be participating in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Madagascar. Williams, who plays for Athletic Bilbao in Spain, cited a knee injury as the reason for his withdrawal. The GFA has named Ransford-Yeboah Königsdörffer as his replacement for the crucial match.
In a statement, Williams explained that he had been playing with pain in his right knee for the past few weeks. After discussions with the medical team, it was decided that it would be best for him to halt his participation in order to address the issue and ensure he is fully fit for the preseason.
Despite his absence, Williams expressed his commitment to the national team and his willingness to return if the coach deems it appropriate for future call-ups. He thanked the fans for their support and assured them that he would be back with the Black Stars.
— IÑAKI WILLIAMS (@Williaaams45) June 5, 2023
In the meantime, Ransford-Yeboah Königsdörffer, a German-born player who currently plays for Hamburger SV in the German second tier, will join the Black Stars squad in Accra as they begin their training camp on June 12. Königsdörffer has previously made one appearance for the national team and will now have the opportunity to contribute to the crucial qualifier against Madagascar.
The match is scheduled to take place on June 18, 2023, and the Black Stars will be looking to secure a positive result as they strive to qualify for the AFCON tournament. The team will be hoping that Königsdörffer can quickly adapt to the squad and make a valuable contribution in Williams’ absence.
The GFA and the entire nation will be eagerly anticipating the outcome of the match and wishing the Black Stars success as they continue their AFCON qualification campaign.