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Ghana names starting line-up to face Burkina, Wakaso returns

Published on: 06 February 2013

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has made just one change in his starting line-up to face Burkina Faso on Wednesday with influential midfielder Mubarak Wakaso returning to the team.

The return of Wakaso means Bristol City winger Albert Adomah has been dropped to the bench for the first time since the tournament started.

The selection confirms what predicted on Wednesday morning  as Appiah tinkers with his starting team in the semi-final of the Africa Cup of Nations in Nelspruit.

The second-half heroics of Wakaso in Ghana’s previous game against Cape Verde helped Wakaso to force his way back into the starting line-up of the Black Stars.

His cause was also helped by the not-too-impressive showing of Adomah during  the match against Cape Verde but the decision crucially provides a strong bench for the Black Stars.

With Wakaso hitting his full fitness level ahead of the clash against the hard-tackling Burkinabes, coach Appiah has restored him to the starting team to help in the expected midfield dogfight.

Ghana will rely on the dexterity of Kwadwo Asamoah to unlock the tough defence of the Stallions with the Juventus star playing just behind lone striker Asamoah Gyan.

Emmanuel Agyemang Badu will partner youngster Rabiu Mohammed to provide the steel in midfield while Christian Atsu plays in the right side of the midfield.

The defensive set up is expected to remain unchanged as they have not conceded any goal since the 2-2 draw against DR Congo in their opening Group B match.

Towering Isaac Vorsah and John Boye will stay at the heart of the central defence to provide cover for impressive goalkeeper Fatau Dauda.

John Paintsil and Harrison Afful will play at the right back and left back respectively and they must be in their best form to stop the Burkinabe star man Jonathan Pitriopa, who plays in all positions from the midfield to attack.

Ghana line-up: Fatau Dauda, John Paintsil, Harrison Afful, John Boye, Isaac Vorsah, Rabiu Mohammed, Christian Atsu, Agyemang Badu, Asamoah Gyan, Mubarak Wakaso, Kwadwo Asamoah

Are you satisfied with the Black Stars line-up against Burkina Faso? Do you think Atsu should have started against ahead of Adomah in the game against the physical Burkinabes? Make your views known in the box below:


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  • Finals says:
    February 06, 2013 01:04 pm
    Bukinabees will win this one...!!!!
  • Kofi Osei says:
    February 06, 2013 01:20 pm
    Ghana will win!!!
  • King bobo says:
    February 06, 2013 01:22 pm
    Sure win for Black Stars.
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  • Unknown says:
    February 06, 2013 01:26 pm
    Very satisfied to see Wakaso replacing Adomah. Although Adomah has showed promising play I am more keen on Wakaso, he seems physically less challenged and is in top form! I expect a hard-fought, but deserved victory for Ghana. Go Black Stars!
  • kaantoo says:
    February 06, 2013 01:30 pm
    ghana will win but want annan to start ahead of rabiu
  • kwaku says:
    February 06, 2013 01:30 pm
  • kwaku says:
    February 06, 2013 01:31 pm
  • Master k says:
    February 06, 2013 01:33 pm
    Hopefully Adomah comes on at second half n change the game like he did against tunisia friendly. We will need his physical strength n pace. Because with pantsil playing we need some one fast to cover his old back. Ghana to win inshallah
  • 9laboy says:
    February 06, 2013 01:48 pm
    Ghana may not win because of this selection gyan alone will be ineffective against the stallions and i forsee a pantsil flop ghana's problem has been creativity the team is poor upfront and i think the coach is not ready is not ready to address it by playing boakye with gyan
  • daska says:
    February 06, 2013 01:50 pm
    Black Stars can win with this team. They need to give 100% concentration and not concede so much yellow cards. We must also avoid fouls in our area of the field. Our opponents are very physical but i believe we can still carry the day cos we ve what it takes to win.
  • texas says:
    February 06, 2013 02:12 pm
    Go for the kill guys! fight for every ball, use spaces to your advantage, cover holes in our mid-field and defense, and please MAKE SURE EVERY SCORING CHANCE turns into a goal! we cannot afford to be wasteful in front of BFO goal. Play as if the referee is the 12th player for BFO!
  • A concerned citizen says:
    February 06, 2013 02:15 pm
    Finals.. you will laugh at the wrong side of your mouth
  • Kotipor says:
    February 06, 2013 02:24 pm
    I prefer Annan to clumsy Rabiu, but I hope Rabiu plays with caution today. He should be very effective when he combines his good energy with some caution! All the best our Black Stars!
  • Yaro says:
    February 06, 2013 02:28 pm
    I think with the materials he had, this is the most decent squad to create. I wish, though, to see Annan play this game. His experience would have helped open the midfield and break up the Burkinabe defence (Guys, is the word spelt "defence" or "defense"? I think they can both be used, right? Shit I won't be the first to get it wrong out here. Even Ghanasoccernet Journalists do uglier jobs and we still read them anyway).
  • Edward says:
    February 06, 2013 02:35 pm
    What is Agyemang Badu still doing in this line up? Ghana has never had a woeful midfield like this one that has Agyemang Badu. Rabiu has been excellent with his up-hand tackles to break the oppositions play. Agyemang Badu who is suppose to be supplying K. Asamoah and A. Gyan with incisive through passes has failed to do so. One will bring up his two runs in the DR Congo and Mali. Apart from those two insurgents, he has done nothing. I hope our midfield doesn't crumble today, as we saw in the Cape Verde game.
  • Philka says:
    February 06, 2013 02:37 pm
    I pray that by the end of 90 mins Ghana would progressed to the finals. I want to see Solomon Asante start the second half early should Atsu or Wakasu lost in the game...
  • Godfred Boison says:
    February 06, 2013 02:39 pm
    Ghana will win but we want annan to start this Game.
  • JDF says:
    February 06, 2013 02:42 pm
    It is "defence", i guess...
  • score says:
    February 06, 2013 03:04 pm
    Now Ghana will win abi.......i wish i can see ur faces one by one...where u not the same people casting insults on this team? me, this team will lift the trophy and put all of u to shame. Goodluck my boys...perfect selection AA.
  • prince says:
    February 06, 2013 03:31 pm
    thy should play hard and think that if thy win thy win 4 self and the country
  • Africa4Ghana says:
    February 06, 2013 03:33 pm
    Defence(British) Defense(US)
  • Franciel says:
    February 06, 2013 03:52 pm
  • Franciel says:
    February 06, 2013 03:54 pm
    when will the staff see that that we need D. Boateng and S. Asante to star :-(
  • ahoofe says:
    February 06, 2013 04:01 pm
    Only problem is Paintsil, he sucks!
  • azizfernandez says:
    February 06, 2013 04:03 pm
    ghana will win the cup.....
  • Words says:
    February 06, 2013 04:04 pm
    Ghana stand up cos Nigeria have already walked passed Mali.
  • Askantwi says:
    February 06, 2013 04:07 pm
    Hey, if you mention Derek Boateng name again you will go to jail.
  • Kofi says:
    February 06, 2013 04:08 pm
    What is so special about that Derek boateng guy? All he does is give backpasses and make clumsy challenges! If he plays he'll commit a dangerous foul, miskick the ball and gift the opponents an opportunity or just keep passing the ball backwards
  • asensoh says:
    February 06, 2013 04:13 pm
    i blyv adomah is startn from the bench cos of the quality of the pitch. He is not used to playing on such turfs. Atsu shd therefore seize the opportunity once more and glitter.
  • Troy says:
    February 06, 2013 04:19 pm
    Eeeiii Nigeria 4 vrs 0 Mali. wooow
  • Joburg says:
    February 06, 2013 04:55 pm
    SUPER EAGLES ON A RAMPAGE....who will be their last victim???????
  • Awwenkwe says:
    February 06, 2013 05:01 pm
    Group C always produces winners....i stopped watching the match when it was 3-0 !!!
  • Chukwe says:
    February 06, 2013 05:07 pm
    Ghana pple don't forget your handkerchiefs!!!
  • Kaygee says:
    February 06, 2013 05:19 pm
    Any website I can watch this live!!
  • nappy says:
    February 06, 2013 05:32 pm
    i think it will be very hard for Ghana to win this match
  • JOE says:
    February 06, 2013 05:36 pm
    Go to my
  • IDROUSA says:
    February 06, 2013 05:42 pm
    Burkina Faso will win this match...anyone who wants to bet???