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Mohammed Muntari: Who is Ghana-born star set to represent Qatar in World Cup opener?

Mohammed Muntari is set to be among the strikers Qatar will be relying on as they begin their World Cup campaign against Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday.

Muntari is a Ghana-born naturalised Qatari player who honed his skills in the West African country before moving to the Asian nation where he has become one of their key men.

As he prepares to make his World Cup bow, GOAL looks at the 28-year-old Kumasi-born striker’s journey.

Muntari was born in Kumasi and started his career in the Golden Lions Soccer Academy, owned by former Ghana international Nii Lamptey.

He joined Qatari side El Jaish in 2012 where he made 45 appearances and scored 18 goals before moving to Lekhwiya in 2015, where he lasted two years and left to sign for Al-Duhail. He did not make the grade immediately and was loaned twice to Al Ahli before returning to the club in 2019 where he scored 13 goals in 45 games.

The TI Ahmadiyya Senior High School graduate was naturalised to play for Qatar in 2014 and made his debut in December that year in a friendly against Estonia.

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