Ghana has been drawn against Portugal, Uruguay, and the Korea Republic in the 2022 World Cup which comes off in Qatar.
The Black Stars will play their first game against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, then face off against Luis Suarez’s Uruguay and play their last group game against Korea.
Ghana’s journey to the World Cup
After eight years without an appearance on the world’s biggest international stage, Ghana has made a return to the 2022 World Cup to be hosted in Qatar.
Drawn in a group with South Africa, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe it did not come as an easy task. Ghana began its World Cup qualifiers on September 3rd, 2021, at home against Ethiopia.
Mubarak Wakaso’s 35th-minute goal was enough to secure the Black Stars its first win of the qualifiers.
Three days later Ghana had to face South Africa at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg but unfortunately lost to Bafana Bafana by a 1-0 scoreline.
Returning to play at Cape Coast stadium on the 9th of October 2021, the Black Stars had a convincing 3-1 victory against Zimbabwe and went to Harare to secure a 1-0 victory as well.
Ethiopia after losing to South Africa home and away needed to find themselves back in contention for the only qualification spot. Playing at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg, a neutral ground. Both nations went home with the points shared after a 1 -1 draw.
It came down to Ghana and South Africa fighting for first place to qualify for the next round. Ghana came out victors at the Cape Coast stadium.
Drawn against Nigeria in the playoff round of the qualifier, Ghana drew goalless at Baba Yara Stadium and qualified on the away goal rule in Abuja after a 1-1 draw.
After the World Cup draw on Friday, April 1, 2022, Ghana was drawn in Group H with Portugal, Uruguay, and the Korea Republic.
The Black Stars faced Portugal in the 2014 World Cup, hosted in Brazil. Unfortunately, the Ghanaians could not match the Portuguese as they lost by two goals to one, causing the Black Stars to exit the competition with just a point.
Uruguay also brings back 2010 memories, as La Celeste denied Ghana its chance of qualifying to the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup kind courtesy of a handball from Luis Suarez to deny Ghana a 120th-minute goal scoring opportunity. This could be a revenge moment.
The Black Stars are yet to face the Taegeuk Warriors of South Korea in the World Cup.