Ghana qualify for AFCON: What it means for Arsenal, West Ham & more

The Ghanaian national team, on Thursday, confirmed their place at the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.

The Black Stars had a late goal on the part of Ernest Nuamah to thank for a 2-1 downing of the Central African Republic, ensuring their status as Group E table-toppers with 12 points from six fixtures.

Just what, though, does this mean for the clubs boasting Ghanaian stars? More specifically, how long can such outfits expect to be without these members of Chris Hughton’s squad?

Well, the AFCON, all told, runs from January 13th to February 11th, 2024.

Though it of course cannot be predicted exactly how far any one country will progress, this could mean, between pre-tournament preparations and post-tournament rest, players could be away from their clubs for as long as six weeks.

In the Premier League, Arsenal’s Thomas Partey, sidelined at present, will be expected to take his place centre stage for the Black Stars.

West Ham United summer arrival Mohammed Kudus, who found the net in some style earlier this evening, will too in all likelihood be in attendance at Africa’s premiere international competition.

Other notable members of Chris Hughton’s ranks come in the form of the Ayew brothers, Jordan and Andre, Tariq Lamptey, and Inaki Williams.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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