Waris, Gyan in Ghana's starting line-up attack to face Sudan, Badu dropped

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has named an attacking-minded team starting line-up to face Sudan on Sunday with striker Asamoah Gyan and Abdul Majeed Waris spearheading the attack.

Abdul Majeed Waris will start in the Ghana attack against Sudan

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has named an attacking-minded starting line-up to face Sudan on Sunday with striker Asamoah Gyan and Abdul Majeed Waris spearheading the attack.

The Black Stars have also deployed probably the strongest midfield in Africa with Rabiu Mohammed and Sulley Muntari fighting from the heart of the midfield.

They will get support from their offensive midfielders Mubarak Wakaso and Kwadwo Asamoah, who will also play just behind the strikers apart from his duties of supporting the defensive midfielders.

It is the first Ghana start of Waris who won the top scorer award in the Swedish top-flight last season which shows that Ghana will be playing the 4-4-2 formation as compared to the 4-5-1 deployed in recent times.

This means enterprising midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, who has been a regular starter in the team over the past two years, has been dropped to the bench of the Black Stars because of the intense competition for places in the midfield.

That is because coach Kwesi Appiah will go with his trusted defenders with Harrison Afful playing in the right back position while Richard Kissi Boateng players from the left-back position.

The centre of the defence will be marshalled John Boye and Isaac Vorsah with Fatau Dauda retaining his place in goal after excelling at the Africa Cup of Nations.

This also means that Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong must wait till later in the game to have any chance of making his Ghana debut.

The same fate awaits the other three players in the squad chasing their Black Stars debut as Baba Abdul Rahman, David Accam and Mahatma Otoo must till later in the game to have any chance of making his Ghana debut.

Ghana needs a win against the Nile Crocodiles at the Baba Yara Stadium. Kick off is at 16:00GMT.

The Black Stars head into the match in Kumasi sitting second and three points behind Zambia in the Group D campaign.

Starting line-up: Fatau Dauda, Harrison Afful, Richard Kissi Boateng, John Boye, Isaac Vorsah, Rabiu Mohammed, Sulley Muntari, Kwadwo Asamoah, Abdul Majeed Waris, Asamoah Gyan, Mubarak Wakaso.

What do you think of the line-up named by coach Kwesi Appiah? Do you think Frimpong should have started? Do you think Badu should have been dropped? Make your views on the starting line-up known in the box below:


  1. smokey says:

    What channel is the match on?

  2. kuukuphilly says:

    ei..long live ghana football,dede and jordan r not even around.

  3. Nana yaw says:

    This is the best line up I believe the team has to start with. Kudos to the coach and let’s all support the team to win big.

  4. Omama says:

    The starting line up is ok. May we achieve success .Amen

  5. gerald says:

    mahatma should have started ahead of warris!!! all the same, i wish them well!

  6. kwame in london says:

    This is quite decent line up come on Ghana!

  7. Oboy says:

    All the midfielders are left-footed. Thats ma only problem. Ba Ghana will carry the day.

  8. verony says:

    let wait to see how they play. We talk after the game. All the best black star.

  9. Kwame says:

    watch the game on firstrowsport

  10. Africanus says:

    I am happy to see Warris up front. He does not waste chances like guy (Gyan) who plays in a JSS league in the UAE.

  11. Mojahadine says:

    Asamoah Gyan should have been dropped. The coach again fielding a lazy striker up front.

  12. Mojahadine says:

    Asamoah Gyan should have been dropped. The coach again fielding a lazy striker up front. Once again they call players like Emmanuel Frimpong to come and warm the Black Stars bench. What the hell is Asamoah Gyan doing in the line up?

    I am sick and tired of this idiotic coach. He will fail and I will laugh. If he succeed then good for him.

  13. ck says:

    good line up. I only taught Mahatma Otoo shd ve started instead of Warris but the coach knows better.

  14. bbc says:

    I agree with you bro, Gyan should have been dropped period. Badu is a better goal score and a complete player than Gyan. Why Gyan is always an automatic selection in the team? Warris should be replacing him so we will see how he does.

  15. Austin says:

    Fact Provider Your parents are idiot for given birth to a son of a bitch like urself.People like derserve to live in the Bush or thrown into the ATLANTIC OCEAN, like Bin Ladin.
    Goodluck Black Stars.

  16. real sabacious says:

    Exactly what I was expecting with the exception of kissi Boateng’s inclusion

  17. zambian says:

    Well the squard looks so sharp in midfield i wud say ,sudan stands no chance but history between the two countries is what will motivate sudan beside proving a point against fifa and caf over the dopped points .

  18. dadabagonshots says:

    Not a Bad selection. But I still doubt AA over his technical ineptitude.Now prove some of us wrong that you have the BALLS to come through with quality on-field management. Maybe anxiolytics can help him relax whilst on the bench cos he seem to panic an fidgit when under pressure.

  19. Nimo says:

    Badu dropped for Rabiu? Oh this is wrong. Babu is better than Rabiu and he even finds the net sometimes. He does everything better than Rabiu

  20. Paul says:

    Asamoah gyan will be substituted later on.

  21. Nana, USA says:

    @Mojahadine….What the hell are u talking about? What do u know about about football? Do u expect the coach to use all the 23 players at the same time. If the coach is idiot, then what are u?

  22. Kingsford Achiase says:

    Strong line up indeed weldone coach,let,s all support and see what happend’s agyan prove me wrong this time becours Am watching you live.

  23. vybz says:

    the midfield is full of left footed players , i only hope they can shoot with the right when need arise..i hope Gyan lifts his game n shouldnt be the weakest link

  24. The truth says:

    The line up is very good but I would have preferred badu over rabiu. Badu with muntari at the center would a threat to any goal keeper. All the same good luck b.s

  25. elvis obour says:

    All the best black stars,but i thinh Badu should have started ahead of Rabiu.

  26. Mochacho-USA says:

    Some ppl just talk anyhow,can Badu play as a striker or can EFrimpong strikes. We called 2 tops n the coach is doing ,so let’s shut the fuck up n pray mother Ghana wins. We can include Dede,Atsu,Essien,KPB n Jordan yet we can only play 11 players……..means some one has to warm bench all the tym.
    I like the squard,sorry Badu has to warm the bench,mind u,we r playing Sudan n them malfuckers can be stuborn so we need a strong bench too
    Long Mother Ghana ,Live GBS
    GBS 3-0 Sudan

  27. Thomas tabri says:

    I tink is a strong lineup n kudos to akwesi appiah u have shown dat u are ready to do de job.However,he should be very tactical when it comes to subtitution n communications to de players on de field of playing.

  28. dede says:

    A.A why why why i warned you to drop this lazy striker and let him be in the bench so that M.ohttu and warris can start the game you refuse.what is wrong with this incompotent coach at all!!!since this lazy striker called himself Gyan aka AZONTO dancer joined this primary league how many goals did he scored for black star?best ghana striker my foot.

  29. joojo says:

    since 2010 woldcup this is the finest lineup i have seen cuz wariis is a realy gud goal poacher so GH watchout for him and hope Otoo plays

  30. percy says:

    i think any chance of a win wud largely fall on the doorstep of our midfield. They should be on point cos we dont hv time on our side for a trial and error. We wish them all the best.

  31. Dr Who says:

    Rabiu is defensively better than Badu.Rabiu‘s height brings team balance.Those calling for Badu to start ahead of Gyan are jokers bcos they play different positions.

  32. Badu is better than Rabiu…the coach must becareful of the sudan squard..

  33. jayjay says:

    Badu experience we need and can score ok Ghana all the way

  34. Nana, USA says:

    @smokey….u can watch the match live at http://www.wiziwigtv/footballshedules

  35. Emmanuel Frimpong should have stated. Why left footed midfielders alone.

  36. Mochacho-USA says:

    Losotho v Zambia……..HT……..0:0

  37. percy says:

    abdul waris shd up his game cos he was less impressive in his last outing for the b.stars. He shd play his heart out if he really wants to cement a permanent position in the blackstars setup

  38. Nana, USA says:

    Tanzania 3-0 Morroco…..FT

  39. kwarmzz says:

    Frimpong should’ve started stop wasting his time he is better than most our midfielders at his best

  40. Richard biney says:

    muntari should have been bench for badu.

  41. Gilbert B says:

    I think rabiu was chosen ahead of badu because almost all the midfielders are attacking more than that of rabiu. He would somewhat shelter the back four. I suppose he is playing 6 and he is the best number 6 player currently in bs.

  42. SABATO says:

    are u ppl blind? can u see AA has fielded 4 left-footed midfielders and nobody has commented on it. No balance in the team.

  43. Justice Sarpong says:

    Agyeman Badu should have started ahead of Rabui

  44. sammy USA says:

    @ NANA USA, it was Tanzania 3- Morroco 1

  45. jude says:

    Rabiu is a defensive midfielder and Badu is not. So stop calling fo Badu cos they dnt play the same role.

  46. john says:

    as a zambian im very frustrated coz our coach is rubbish he has no tactics

  47. Mus.KG. says:

    Gud luck black stars……..Best formation 4-4-2.

  48. john says:

    Zambias coach is useless even if he has ronaldo he cant score

  49. jude says:

    4 lefted midfielders is not a problem. Netherland had a staring line up wid only one right footed player. What if all the midfielders were to be right footed?

  50. TJ says:

    Hey guys, you can watch the game live @ http://www.firstrow1.eu

  51. Andre says:

    3 left footers in a 4 man midfeild is my only worry

  52. Akwasi Floric says:

    I thought Wakaso had a one match ban ?

  53. BlackStar-Tactician says:

    Sorry to say but some Ghanaian’s are just blind.When did left footed player becomes a problem in forming tactics? I wonder if you guys watch football. In modern day soccer all players are good with booth feet so there is no problem at all if the coach decides to field in 11 left footed players. And to you coach, now that you’ve selected an “ok” starting line up, try to read the game with a technical eyes and make the right substitution. GH 4: Sudan 0

  54. ACE says:

    right footers are naturally much more ambidextrous than stiffy left footers, that’s a fact….let’s do not look down on left footers after all our current world’s best is a left footer…let’s await this game with some optimistic

  55. PITO says:

    still starting DAUDA ahead of KWARASEY? Dauda has good reflexes but is a show off and invites unnecessary pressure on his backline. And Agyemang badu should have start ahead of Rabiu. Also Lets see if your captain still has what it takes!

  56. oppanumanaku says:

    ghana is looking good we are fantisic in ever postion i am not jokeing iam the next ghana manger

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