The Black Stars may have their men for their clash with South Africa after an intervention by the boss of the world football governing body
Fifa president Gianni Infantino is calling on the UK government to reconsider its position on mandatory quarantine for international players from the red-listed countries, a mandate that Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew and Leicester City defender Daniel Amartey reconsidered Ghana’s upcoming World Cup. qualification against South Africa.
Brentford winger Tariqe Fosu will also be absent from the Black Stars trip to Johannesburg for the September 6 match, according to firm guidelines.
Infantino’s appeal comes a day after the The English Football Association has announced that Premier League clubs have “reluctantly but unanimously” agreed to release players for the September international round if they were to play in the red list countries, including South Africa, due to a mandatory 10-day quarantine requirement on their return.
‘On the issue of quarantine restrictions in England, for players returning from the red list, I wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson requesting in particular the necessary support so that players are not deprived of the opportunity to represent their countries. “FIFA World Cup qualifiers, which are one of the ultimate honors for a professional footballer,” Infantino said in a statement on Wednesday.
“I have suggested that an approach similar to that followed by the British government for the final stages of Euro 2020 be implemented for the forthcoming international matches.”
Ghana must play as guests from South Africa three days after beating Ethiopia in the first match day of Group G of the qualifiers.
Although Amartey, Ayew and Fosu, members of a 30-man Ghanaian team announced for the double header, will be banned from traveling to South Africa, they are still expected to join the Black Stars for the opening match in Ethiopia.
Chelsea left-back Abdul Rahman Baba is also in doubt about the South African showdown, but his reportedly threatening departure from England before the end of the summer transfer window on 31 August means he is unlikely to be affected by British rules.
Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey is also in the Black Stars squad of 30 men, but a current ankle injury has led him to miss the international match in September.
The Premier League decision affects nearly 60 players from 19 clubs traveling to 26 red-listed countries.