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Essien dropped from Ghana's starting line-up to face Zambia, Ayew starts

Published on: 06 September 2013

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah excluded Chelsea star Michael Essien from his starting line-up to face Zambia on Friday in a decisive 2014 World Cup qualifier in Kumasi.

But Marseille player Andre Ayew, who is also a returnee to the Black Stars, was named in the starting line-up dominated by players who have excelled so far in the qualifiers.

Coach Appiah deployed a two-man attack to face the Chipolopolo with captain Asamoah Gyan and enterprising youngster Majeed Waris leading the attack.

The ferocious midfield trio of Ayew, Kwadwo Asamoah and Mubarak Wakaso will be used to unlock the Zambian attack and create chances for the strikers.

Daniel Opare takes the place of Samuel Inkoom in the right-back starting line-up, Harrision Afful plays on the left while but goalkeeper Fatau Dauda will retain his place in the post.

The effective central defensive pair of John Boye and Jonathan Mensah will be at the heart of the defence with workaholic Rabiu Mohammed providing the cover for the defenders.

Starting line-up: Fatau Dauda, Daniel Opare, Harrison Afful, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Rabiu Mohammed, Andre Ayew, Kwadwo Asamoah, Abdul Majeed Waris, Asamoah Gyan, Mubarak Wakaso.

What do you think of Ghana's starting line-up? Do you think Essien should have started? Do you think players started can defeat Zambia?

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This article has 57 comment(s), give your comment
  • damn says:
    September 06, 2013 03:09 pm
    Zambians dont believe in juju like u Ghanains.Even your own coach cofessed to your players use of juju after the 2012 afcon.
  • spellBOUND says:
    September 06, 2013 03:21 pm from Richmond, VA.
  • TrueGhanaian says:
    September 06, 2013 02:58 pm
  • dalitso says:
    September 06, 2013 03:03 pm
    Man i cant wait to see how we demolish the ghanaians in front of their fans and in their own backyard. i hope their president will be there to see how bad the COPPER bullet is. we beat them in the nutral ground in equetorial guenea at home in NDOLA and now we break the 25 years unbeaten record. GO ZAMBIA GOOOOOOO!!!
  • seriously says:
    September 06, 2013 03:04 pm
    gerrout bitch!!
  • OneKingvasco says:
    September 06, 2013 03:04 pm
    Gud line up.I pray they have excellent links up.
  • yaw, chicago says:
    September 06, 2013 03:08 pm
    Please guys where will those of your brethren in USA get to watch the match? Any help??
  • franktheozzy says:
    September 06, 2013 02:56 pm
    could someone please provide a link for the game ghana we got this!
  • i-man says:
    September 06, 2013 02:12 pm
    big up AA. this is the best line up since senegal 92. and by the will of Almighty Allah, victory will be ours
  • Amuna Onzuna says:
    September 06, 2013 02:16 pm
    If Ghana knows how to pray, you better get down to your knees now!. Remember, it was on this forum where you insulted T.B Joshua for saying the truth. Remember, there is God and if you insult the Man Of God , then you have insulted the one who sent him ,therefore , get prepared! Zambia 2 Ghana 1.
  • Union Leader says:
    September 06, 2013 02:21 pm
    Now wait a minute! Do we really need to play two strikers for such a crunch game ? Upon further reflection, my answer is a BIG NO! Why? I think the emphasis must be on wing play. Play a lone Striker and pack the midfield. This way, the Zambians will have no room to operate. Well, it looks like AA and majority of Ghanaians think otherwise. Let's hope for the Best.
  • ZAMBIAN says:
    September 06, 2013 02:21 pm
    I smell a win. Zambia taking it. While we had been talking about our injured players long time ago you guys were bragging about KPB and Essien which all seems to be a dream....Our midfield has greater casaulties than you guys, ask nigeria,ivory coast even your beloved ghana...we are unbeaten and always run down midfields...your best is a draw but there is no draw today
  • don king says:
    September 06, 2013 02:29 pm
    fantastik squard by all standards, infact these players shld b blamed if they dnt deliver, all the best black stars
  • E Boateng says:
    September 06, 2013 02:36 pm
    Match start at 4pm GMT watch at
  • Joachim Boadi says:
    September 06, 2013 01:22 pm
    Appiah n his Boys wil lift de flag of Ghana high by beating n killing de Zambian wit 4 goals wit dis line-up. Go Ghana!! Go Brazil 2014
  • Baktiria says:
    September 06, 2013 01:24 pm
    A A,if this squad fails to deliver against zambia,then they have themselves to blame.
  • pistol says:
    September 06, 2013 01:25 pm
    I swear dat be all. AA must be very bold always j ux lyk 2day.let's watch the goals
  • Edward, Maryland says:
    September 06, 2013 01:26 pm
    Can anybody tell me what time the game is starting? Thx.
  • Baka 1 z says:
    September 06, 2013 01:30 pm
    Kwasi Appiah has shown that he is really a fantastic coach with this selection i think the sky will be our limit upon all their witch doctors they brought we will tame them here
  • Skilful says:
    September 06, 2013 01:30 pm
    9ce selection
  • I-JAHMAN says:
    September 06, 2013 01:33 pm
    The good thing of this team is...all the players are balljogglers who have the skill to dribble which is most important. they are not kick or pass and run players.
  • EBODEDE says:
    September 06, 2013 01:34 pm
  • Rasnick says:
    September 06, 2013 01:36 pm
    Hahahaha!!!! Dis is soo great a line up dat sound like playstation.if we lose this match all respect 4the zombies , that will be a shock more dan the chickens beating messi and Argentina. We have 2 win and win very well 2 show them dat we are not on the same level.we have 2 tak the great Azuma Nelson style 2 the pitch. Go GHANA ..............
  • newman shedi says:
    September 06, 2013 01:37 pm
    ooh gud....hope kevin prince,essien and mahatma otoo boost up the second half...gud luck boys
  • Korea Japan says:
    September 06, 2013 01:37 pm
    Gud squad frm AA. Ghana will win 4 nil. Gyan, Wakaso, Dede and Warris will score a goal each.
  • Makonko says:
    September 06, 2013 01:38 pm
    Dis shows we are in 2 win. Watchout zambia, 4 or more goals coming. Ozaaaaa Ghanaaa
  • moller says:
    September 06, 2013 01:41 pm
    God bless our homeland Ghana and bless Kwasi Appiah for such a wonderful squad.
  • Edward, Maryland says:
    September 06, 2013 01:46 pm
  • Union Leader says:
    September 06, 2013 01:47 pm
    The selection is about right. The only minor exclusion is a right side winger (F. Acheampong,Adomah and Asante are the options). All the same ,good looking selection. Room for substitutions.
  • spellBOUND says:
    September 06, 2013 01:48 pm
    brother, i second that feeling. i like this lineup BRUUUTAAAAAAAAAAAA. lol
  • Ghanaian says:
    September 06, 2013 01:49 pm
    my Zambian pal, i feel very sorry for you today, because we will put ur country where they belong to in African football. when Zambains heard dede , kenvin and essien are back into the team it sent shivering all over Zambia. this tells us that Zambia have already lsot even before the game.
  • theprince says:
    September 06, 2013 01:50 pm
    Similar squad that demolish Sudan by 4 goals hope and Pray the same happens today
  • spellBOUND says:
    September 06, 2013 01:54 pm
    as for this one dier, u are spot on brother. im not the biggest fan of AA, but anything less than a big emphatic win with this assembled squad will be on the players.
  • rascozy says:
    September 06, 2013 01:55 pm
  • spellBOUND says:
    September 06, 2013 01:58 pm
    this band of workaholics, especially in the midfield and forwards will give zambia headaches.
  • Goodyman says:
    September 06, 2013 02:00 pm
    We shall massacre them for real ....................
  • brian mwiinga says:
    September 06, 2013 02:02 pm
    are you sure we are not on the same level? mind its currently 4 wins for Zambia and and 0 for Ghana in the last 15 years. lets just enjoy the game. may the best team win.
  • AARON ESSEL says:
    September 06, 2013 02:03 pm
  • wut says:
    September 06, 2013 02:04 pm
    12pm ET
  • Tanko says:
    September 06, 2013 01:13 pm
    This selection is MAMOBI Onu! Kwei
  • ndoondoo says:
    September 06, 2013 01:14 pm
    what everyone expects according to form, is anybody asking why the coach is selecting his team for the first time according to form? why is darling inkoom not starting?
  • Zambian says:
    September 06, 2013 01:14 pm
    Problem with our GHANA friends they like to overate them selves. Just play it cool. We know you can beat us easily. But we enjoy beating you that is the problem. so we may beat u again and again. Take it easy!!! May the best team win
  • pistol says:
    September 06, 2013 01:17 pm
    I swear dat be all. AA must be very bold always tux lyk 2day.let's watch the goals
  • dee says:
    September 06, 2013 01:19 pm
    Great squad assembled by AA. Not so many changes and full of workaholics who can't wait to impress. I pray everything goes as planned n AA must make sure his substitutions are spot on. God Bless Our Homeland.
  • b4world says:
    September 06, 2013 01:01 pm
    wat a squad,it looks like a military squad than a football team,they going 2 piss on zambia
  • Mochacho-USA says:
    September 06, 2013 01:10 pm
    I love this squard men, Zambia ain't got shit on,we kill them today, GBS 3-0 Zambia
  • Kao says:
    September 06, 2013 01:10 pm
    No no no KA the above team is to meet Brazil not mere Zambians. Oh oh oh pity the Zambians a bit.
  • shady says:
    September 06, 2013 01:12 pm
    Great team.Badu,Essien and Atsu comes in the second half after we're two goals up..
  • Dr Who says:
    September 06, 2013 12:53 pm
    Yes...AA is truely in charge.....its good to have players who wont mine to go in strongely ón 50-50 challenges....good team
  • BLACKSTARS says:
    September 06, 2013 12:55 pm
  • leo says:
    September 06, 2013 12:58 pm
    Better exactly what i anticipated.....Essien will be introduced after the second half Zambia is finished.
  • Kwame Adu-Gyamfi says:
    September 06, 2013 12:59 pm
    Ooooooh my dream starting line up!!!
  • Djeniko says:
    September 06, 2013 03:30 pm
    If Ghana play the way they played at the Afcon 2013, then they are gone. Zambia will win
  • tbdarko says:
    September 06, 2013 03:31 pm
    What site can I watch the match?
  • kk says:
    September 06, 2013 03:34 pm
    Hey guys, u can watch the match live using this link: Enjoy the match, GH ALL THE WAY!!!
  • sonny Renner says:
    September 07, 2013 02:26 am
    Ghana needs ball possessing .we probably need a better coach .watch gh vs Brazil & gh.vs czech or so on under white coach .Zambia almost beat us. Akwasi appiah must give way to a better coach.I mean a foreign coach with the knowledge of ball possessing .Zambia dominated the whole game .we were just lucky to win that game .
  • sonny Renner says:
    September 07, 2013 02:41 am
    Akwasi Appiah must be sack !!! He dose not have education to coach.he speaks poor English .he should coach a local Tema to speak twi,his language .