It’s no less important for the players than for those who have spent many years trying to reach it. World Cup They are not only inundated with potential replacements at the very last moment, but also for those who will be replacing them, who are tasked to blend in with the squad of potential teammates, as well as immediate rivals.

“It can be a danger to get new players,” Otto Addo, coach of Ghana. “Especially if the players who were already there achieved something really good. There is a group dynamic that you do not want to break.”

Like Cameroon, Ghana has seen its ranks swelled by imports over the course of the last year: Five members of Addo’s squad in Qatar — including Brighton defender Tariq Lamptey and Athletic Bilbao’s Iñaki Williams — were born elsewhere but chose, in recent months, to commit their international careers to the country of their parent’s, or parents’, birth.

There have been some doubts about the motives of these men. “I know some people are saying they have come because of the World Cup, but honestly we will never know,” said André Ayew, the Ghana captain. “But if they have the right heart, the right determination to die for the team, we are going to open every door we have to make them comfortable.”

Asamoah Kyan, a striker, was born in Accra (Ghana) and represented Ghana at the 2010 Olympics World CupWondered what would happen after the tournament. “Afterward, they should still be available, because this is not a national team that engages in one tournament,” He stated. “Once you have naturalized for Ghana, you should be fully committed.”

They have made every effort to dispel those fears. Lamptey was born in England to Ghanaian parents and has established a foundation that works with children in Nuaso (north of Accra). Williams was born in Ghana to Ghanaian parents. His mother was still pregnant when he was born. Williams spent the summer visiting his grandparents in Ghana.