‘I can’t believe I am here’ – Tariq Lamptey on his first start at the World Cup for Ghana


Black Stars defender Tariq Lamptey says he was left in awe following his first start for Ghana at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The 22-year-old was handed a starting berth in Ghana’s second group game against South Korea after making a cameo appearance in the opener against Portugal.

The Brighton and Hove Albion star was part of the new faces brought into the team ahead of the mundial and got the chance to feature for the team under Otto Addo.

Talking about his experience in Qatar, Tariq told Joy Sports in an exclusive interview he was stunned by the atmosphere when he came out to warm up before the game against South Korea.

Since the World Cup, the right-back has not featured for the national team with injuries ruling him out on both occasions the Black Stars have played.

AL RAYYAN, QATAR – NOVEMBER 28: Tariq Lamptey of Ghana reacts as the Referee Anthony Taylor of England awards a free kick against him for a foul on Son Heung-min of South Korea during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group H match between Korea Republic and Ghana at Education City Stadium on November 28, 2022 in Al Rayyan, Qatar. (Photo by Youssef Loulidi/Fantasista/Getty Images)
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