Jojo Wollacott: Meet newly-invited Black Stars goalkeeper [+VIDEO]
England-based goalkeeper Joseph Luke ‘Jojo’ Wollacott is quite the surprise package in Ghana’s squad for the October batch of African qualifiers to the 2022 Fifa World Cup.
Returnee coach, Milovan Rajevac was given his first Black Stars selection headache for next month’s doubleheader against Zimbabwe with injuries to first-choice Richard Ofori and youngster Abdul Manaf Nurudeen of Kas Eupen who had only earned his maiden senior call-up the last time.
And the Serbian trainer settled on the ‘unknown Jojo – who has been in an outstanding form – as one of two options to fill the void.
The shot-stopper features for Swindon Town in the League – the English fourth-tier division. He permanently joined the side this summer from Bristol City after an initial ’emergency keeper’ loan spell earlier this year which was ended by injury after two games.
Jojo, 25, has been the first-choice goalkeeper for Swindon Town so far in the new season.
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In League Two, he has enjoyed 90 minutes of action in all 9 games played so far, keeping four clean sheets. He has conceded 7 times in five of the games he was breached.
Strength, Style, Weakness
According to stats calculated by whoscored.com over the last two seasons, Jojo has very strong reflexes in terms of shot-stopping and is rated okay in saving close-range shots.
With his style of play, he likes to punch the ball and comes off his line often. He is considered weak in long passing and with very weak discipline.
After winning one against Ethiopia and losing the subsequent to South Africa, the Black Stars return home to host the Warriors of Zimbabwe in a Group G match-day 3 clash at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Saturday, October 9. They next head for Harare to complete the doubleheader three days later.