Qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup: Ibrahim Sulemana gets his first call-up with the Black Stars

Ibrahim Sulemana

Cagliari midfielder Ibrahim Sulemana has been called up to the Black Stars for the first time for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Mali and the Central African Republic, 3Sports has learned.

Sulemana joined Atalanta’s youth team from Sunyani in 2019 after impressing in several trials, but eventually moved to Hellas Verona in 2021 following a major injury that forced Atalanta to drop his services.

The defensive midfielder moved up to the senior team the following year, making his debut in October during a 2-1 loss to Salernitana.

The 21-year-old joined Cagliari from Verona in July 2023, making 14 appearances in Serie A and scoring two goals.

Ghana will face Mali on June 6 and the Central African Republic on June 10. Otto Addo’s team is fourth with three points achieved in two games.

The addition of Sulemana to the team underlines Otto Addo’s faith in youngsters, as seen in the opportunities given to Forson Amankwah and Ibrahim Osman, among others.

Meanwhile, the youngster will have to work his way into the lineup as the likes of Abdul Salis Samed and Baba Iddrisu have recently filled the central midfield position.

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