Ghana has over the years failed to properly transition top prospects through the various national teams. On the few occasions the transition has been well managed, especially at the under 20 level, the benefits have been evident in the Black Stars.

Case in point is the 2001 silver medal winning team at Argentina which formed the core of the team which secured Ghana’s first World Cup qualification.

The Black Satellites’ recent triumph in Mauritania has raised questions on whether some players are ready to make the jump to the senior team.

The current under 20 team is loaded with top talents, and with GFA vice president Mark Addo revealing some of the players will be transitioning to the Black Stars, Joy Sports explores which players can realistically make the cut on the basis of ability and availability of position within the team.

Samuel Abbey Ashie Quaye
The left back position has long been a problem since the retirement of Hans Adu Sarpei and the situation offers Samuel Abbey Quaye an opportunity.

The Great Olympics defender impressed as the Satellites won in Mauritania with his calmness and overlapping runs.

The case against Abbey Quaye would be his physique but the exploits of full back Harrison Afful instantly makes nonsense that notion.

Crucially the player has shown consistency over a respectable period to at least earn the opportunity.

Abdul Fatawu Issahaku
If Abbey Quaye can occupy the left back position then the tournament’s best player Abdul Fatawu Issahaku can pick up the position just ahead of him on the left flank.

The position has been occupied by skipper Andre Ayew, Jordan Ayew or Mubarak Wakaso in the last couple of years .

All three players have also at various times occupied central positions and with Andre’s preference for the number 10 role and Wakaso utilization as a central midfielder, it leaves the position in need of option.

At 16, Fatawu has shown he has the right foundations to excel on the international stage.