Andre Ayew returns: Coach Chris Hughton names squad for 2026 World Cup qualifiers


Ghana coach Chris Hughton named his team for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Madagascar and Comoros, including Black Stars captain Andre Ayew.

The 34-year-old missed last month’s international friendlies against the United States and Mexico, but he has been recalled for the November international assignment.

The four-time African champions will host Madagascar on November 17 before traveling to Comoros Island three days later for their second Group I game.

Ayew joins the team alongside Majeed Ashimeru, Abdul Mumin Sulemaiman, Baba Iddrisu, and Jojo Wollacott, according to a list released by the Ghana FA on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the team will be without Arsenal star Thomas Partey, who has been out with an injury since his return from the October international break. Manaf Nurudeen, the goalkeeper, has been dropped, and defender Joseph Aidoo has been ruled out for six months due to an injury sustained in the friendly against Mexico.

As the country prepares to compete in the 2026 FIFA World Cup, the West African giants hope to get off to a good start.


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