'Ghana are planning Asamoah Gyan recall'

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A Nigeria star has claimed to have been told that Ghana are planning on recalling Asamoah Gyan for their crucial 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off later this month. 

With the Super Eagles set to do battle with the Black Stars for a spot in Qatar at the end of the year, anticipation is beginning to grow as the latter are yet to announce their squad for the tie.

The Ghanaians had a disappointing Africa Cup of Nations, from which they were eliminated at the group stage after picking up just one point in three matches.

Little more than a week later, Serbian boss Milovan Rajevac was relieved of his duties and a new coaching staff has since been appointed.

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The Ghana Football Association confirmed that Borussia Dortmund assistant coach Otto Addo would take over on an interim basis, with the help of former Premier League manager Chris Hughton as technical advisor.

With two weeks left before the first leg of that all-important World Cup play-off, midfielder Ogenyi Onazi, who was not included in the Nigeria squad for the tie but is listed as a "stand-by" player, has now claimed that their opponents are considering bringing Gyan back into the fold for the clash.

"I have listened to so many pundits say the Black Stars are in disarray and they are having issues," Onazi told PUNCH Sports Extra.

"For me, this is a big distraction for us, so we would believe that all is not well in their camp. And they are not ready.

"According to some of the Ghanaian players I have spoken to, they are planning to recall Asamoah Gyan back to the squad because they want to qualify for the World Cup at all cost.

"Other players like (Mubarak) Wakaso and the likes want to be part of the team. Don't forget they also have Jordan Ayew and Thomas Partey as well.

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"Qualifying for the World Cup is everything for them and they want to do it at the expense of Nigeria, which means a lot to them. But we also have dreams that cannot be dashed. They can't stop us.

"They are a very good side with lots of experienced players, with a lot of young and quality players.

"They have been together for a while now, and let's not think that because they failed to win a game at the AFCON, they will be pushovers.

"They have also appointed a new coach, so that makes them unpredictable at the moment. The game will be tough. We have to be more careful and come out with a plan to beat them."

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