German-born winger Braydon Marvin Manu has been called up for the first time by Ghana as one of the replacements for players blocked from travelling to COVID-19 red-list countries in next month’s 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers.
The Black Stars are scheduled to start the qualifiers in Group C against Ethiopia at home and away to South Africa on September 3 and 6 respectively.
With English clubs unanimously agreeing on not releasing players for games in UK Government’s COVID-19 red-list countries, Ghana risk losing as many as five stars for the second game against the Bafana Bafana.
Due to this, head coach CK Akonnor has decided to shore up his options in case the status quo remains by sending late invitations to a couple more players with Manu included.
Braydon Manu is a right-winger who plays in the German second-tier with SV Darmstadt 98. The 24-year-old – who is good with both feet – was born in Itzehoe, a town in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein.
The fast winger with strong dribbling ability began playing football as a youth at Hamburger SV, and also played as a youth at FC St. Pauli, SC Condor Hamburg, Lüneburg SK Hansa and Eintracht Braunschweig. There he received a contract for the second team in the Regionalliga Nord in 2016. In the summer of 2017, he moved to Halleschen FC in the 3rd division and has been under contract with SV Darmstadt 98 since the 2019/20 season.
Manu is the second Germany-based player after FC St. Pauli’s Daniel-Kofi Kyereh to receive a late call-up by Ghana.
Former Ghana youth captains Yaw Yeboah (Wisła Kraków) and Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo) are the other players to receive invitations to the Black Stars’ expanded squad.