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Kissi, Awal named in Ghana's starting line up against Mali, Badu axed

Published on: 09 February 2013

Ghana defenders Richard Kissi Boateng and Awal Mohammed have been given their first starts of the Africa Cup of Nations as they have been named in the starting line-up to face Mali in the third-place playoff on Saturday.

For the first time since the tournament started, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu has been axed from the starting team as he is not in the first eleven to play the Eagles in Port Elizabeth.

Impressive pocket size midfielder Solomon Asante will also get his first start of the competition as he has also been named in a major shuffling of the Black Stars starting team.

Some of the changes have been necessitated by the absence of two first choice players John Pantsil and Rabiu Mohammed who are not available for the game.

Pantsil has been ruled out of the tournament because of injury while Mohammed has been suspended after accumulating two yellow cards.

Harrison Afful replaces Paintsil at the right-back position while Richard Kissi Boateng will replace the versatile Afful at the left-back.

The central defensive pair of John Boye and Isaac Vorsah are maintained while towering defensive midfielder Mohammed Awal takes the place of Rabiu.

Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, who has been out of sorts in the last two matches for Ghana in this tournament, has been replaced in the offensive midfield position by Kwadwo Asamoah.

Asante will play as the right winger with Atsu playing in the opposite position.

Captain Asamoah Gyan will play as the key striker with Mubarak Wakaso playing just behind him.

Ghana's line-up: Fatau Dauda, Harrison Afful, Richard Kissi Boateng, John Boye, Isaac Vorsah, Awal Moahmmed, Solomon Asante, Kwadwo Asamoah, Asamoah Gyan, Christian Atsu, Mubarak Wakaso.

What do you think of Ghana's starting line-up to face Mali? Has the coach selected the best players for the match? Make your views known in the box below: 

Comments

  • Maxwell Johnson says:
    February 09, 2013 08:25 pm
    And to those Kotoko fans we were making so much noise for Awal Mohammed to be included into the squad should also bow their heads in shame, his sluggish defending led to the 3rd goal for Mali. This coach has totally lost it, letting his emotions get over him by dropping so many good players for mediocre players like Kissi Boateng, Asante, Awal, D. Boateng, Painstil, Clottey & even Gyan. We need the Ayew brothers back including Essien, Muntari, Quincy, A. Aquah, Warris, Affum, D. Addy, N. K Asare, Yartey to beef up the team. Painstil & D. Boateng should do the honorable thing and retire from the national team, also the following players should be axed until they lift up their game : Kissi Boateng Asante Awal Clottey Gyan. Finally we need a good coach with pedigree to take over from clueless A.A, Marcel "Odenkey" Desailly wont be a bad choice, he'll command total respect from the players and can also manage the ones that have bigger egos. All these changes should be made or else there will be no WC qualification for Brazil.
  • sammie says:
    February 09, 2013 08:06 pm
    @Zambia is our toilet hole how is the mood in ghana?With the realisation that without penalties and referees favouring ghana can only manage a 3 -1 defeat
  • Eben says:
    February 09, 2013 07:40 pm
    STRIKER FOR STRIKER. CLOTTEY FOR GYAN AHBA! its all ....KWESI APPIAH EIIII THIS IS NOT COLTS FOOTBALL
  • Carbonite says:
    February 09, 2013 07:50 pm
    LOL, Goalkeeper than you!!!
  • Carbonite says:
    February 09, 2013 07:57 pm
    USELESS COACH!!! You beat NIGER and CAPE VERDE and must hail you! Damn it! SACK that villager of a coach. Your parochial interest has been exposed!
  • Carbonite says:
    February 09, 2013 07:18 pm
    HAHAHA!!!!Justice is done! Scoring from FAKE penalties is over!
  • Maxwell Johnson says:
    February 09, 2013 07:20 pm
    Hahahaha what a shambolic performance by the B/S. OMG!! I cant stop laughing watching this game. Sending school boys like Kissi Boateng, Awal, Asante for a major tourney like this. Also when did Awal started playing as a midfielder? This coach is clueless, sack him now or else we not gonna qualify for the WC in Brazil.
  • PITO says:
    February 09, 2013 07:33 pm
    . WE ARE NOT READY FOR A LOCAL COACH. LETS STOP OUR RACISM AND INVITE A COMPETENT COACH ASAP! WE ARE LOSING AND YOU STILL HAVENT CHANGED YOUR 4-5-1 FORMATION AGAINST AN ORGANISED TEAM LIKE MALI. AS A COACH YOU ARE FRIENDS WITH DEREK BOATENG , PANTSIL AND GYAN BECOS THEY BRING YOU GIFTS? WE ARE NOT READY FOR A LOCAL COACH. THIS. TEAM CANNOT BEAT ZAMBIA. FINALLY HE HAS SEEN THAT ADOMAH WILL NE BETTER ON THE RIGHT WING THAN ASANTE ..OH NO.. HE RATHER CHANGE HIM WITH ATSU!
  • steve says:
    February 09, 2013 06:52 pm
    Quite a pity for dime stars of Ghana, look at how Mali that was thrashed 4-1 by the Great Super Eagles are mesmarising Ghana!!.Ghana should thank their God for avoiding the humuliation of thier team my Super Eagles.I want Ghana to meet us at the final but alas! they disappointed again!! , what a perenial failure at Afcon.Mali is now leading Ghana 1-0 what a pity!!
  • PITO says:
    February 09, 2013 06:43 pm
    We have nobody capable of holding the ball upfront. When the players get upfront they wanna make a quick play..Doesnt work that way for an organised team like mali. ARE WE MISSING ANDRE AYEW?
  • History says:
    February 09, 2013 06:06 pm
    Mali 1 Ghana 0,trust me doll!!
  • compliments says:
    February 09, 2013 05:53 pm
    USE YOUR MOUTH TO SPEAK SOUND WORDS AND GOODNESS AND MERCIES SHALL FOLLOW YOU.
  • Ghanaman says:
    February 09, 2013 05:16 pm
    Keshi needed 2 fake penalties to get out of the group. He is not a good coach!
  • Edward says:
    February 09, 2013 05:18 pm
    Who introduced this one striker game? Can someone tell Coach Appiah to play about two or three strikers a game. If Asamoah Gyan cannot score, if there are two or three strikers, others can score.
  • JKQ says:
    February 09, 2013 05:21 pm
    I agree, of all the changes yet Gyan is still playing!
  • Blakroze GH says:
    February 09, 2013 05:30 pm
    I couldn't agree more with the comment that said we should play asante behind gyan, cos I realized that try as he may, he never did givbe as a single decent cross, but on the whole he did well in terrorizing the defence so I'll like to see him there.....but hey, coach does what he wanna do right?
  • Sam says:
    February 09, 2013 05:31 pm
    Really nobody said nothing about this Asante concert player starting,he cant even make a cross,and hes going to be on the field again and play like hes on the training ground. I hope he prove me wrong today. Wow so Awal playing and Anan sits down. Well we live to see.
  • GHANAarmedROBBER says:
    February 09, 2013 05:15 pm
    If you speak about those church goers paying for all and living in poverty....... what do you call yourself who vote for politicians and still nothing changes in the government,economy,your pocket....in another 4years you will still go out and vote,,,,,also not forgetting the money you pay as tax for these politicians to live big and well........my friend all fingers are not equal.....that is why you have mates and drivers....so leave pastors alone whose judgement is for God and not you
  • ernie says:
    February 09, 2013 05:15 pm
    i cannot understand Appiah's comment of building a new team. Question is does ghana need a new team? 1. 2010 W.C we had a team with average age of less than 24. appiah was the assistant. 2010 africa cup we had a relstively new team who placed 2nd...appiah was the assistant. 3. 2012 we go to afcon again with a young team of less than 25 average age...4th place....appiah is the assistant. 4. come 2013, the assistant coach for the most of last four torneys, with a core team who have as a matter of fact gone beyond group stages for every single tourney with a team of average 24 says im building a new team. what happened to all the players who he knew from 2008, who are still playing regular football and are not old. Could this coach not have been making any contribution to the team in the last 5 years? what happened to all the unity and discipline thats was talked about during stephen appiah's time when in fact he Kwesi was the assistant coach? does it mean Stephen can handle players ego better than the coach!?....i have too many questions!!!
  • Ghanaman says:
    February 09, 2013 05:14 pm
    What do you know!!!
  • de-graft says:
    February 09, 2013 04:48 pm
    oh akwasi appiah, ibi we (ghanaian) wey u do we like that. Seriously they ar questions abt hs tactical abilities, wt asamoah gyan da least said abt him da beta. May God help ghana find an efficient striker, oh! When oh when..., aluta continua, da quest 4 da cup lingers on. 31 years en counting.
  • junior mafia says:
    February 09, 2013 04:52 pm
    hmmm He claims he has had da job for just 10months n ia a young team..keshi spent less time with dis current naija team dan AA n luk at how dey r playn as da torunament was advancin dey were improvin gh was goin da opposite direction.ghana is known for its midfield tightnes n since opana took ova we lost our midfield..we hv killa strikers out there yet dey wont kal dem rather rely on gyan hu is playn like he is 35.jus abusin tax payers moni..i wonder da kinda advixe da technical team offer.
  • Ebenezer Kwofie says:
    February 09, 2013 04:59 pm
    Gyan again hmm! why notYiadom or Clottey. The medical team of Black Stars must explain why TonyAnnan n Yiadom were sent.
  • Big mouth says:
    February 09, 2013 04:26 pm
    masa, dont worry, even that bonus will not come. You think God will allow them to just 'chop' the poor man's money like that? Never!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they will still lose.
  • Big mouth says:
    February 09, 2013 04:17 pm
    Infact, the FA has really done well for Akwasi Appiah. I remember too well when he was sent to Germany first on a refresher course and then afterwards he was made to even attend a coaching course at the Manchester City football club in England. He is just a perfect example of those who are made to attend the best schools during their early formation ages but end up being total failures with nothing good to write home about. I have once written on this site that, once Plavi was given the boot Akwasi Appiah too must be sacked. It is very evident today that, he Akwasi Appiah did not just pick any useful lessons as an assistant coach to the expatriates over the years. He even contributed to Plavi's sacking by causing wrong decisions on the part of Plavi. Kwaasia coach!
  • George Afrifa says:
    February 09, 2013 04:17 pm
    A decorated monkey is stil a monkey. What is Asamoah Gyan still doing in the team. Mali will win this game
  • josimar kwesi says:
    February 09, 2013 04:19 pm
    My name is Baance!the Ghanaian Nightmare,which Ghanaian defender gat the liver to look at my brutal face and stand?ansa none,Mali gonna tk yu guys to the cleaners 3-0,no more briben of Refreess by Nyakthkyi and co.watchout for me in 2015 we gonna be paird ind same group quote me!We gonna wipe yur bloody arse once more, Am Baaance!the Ghanaian nightmare,
  • bright says:
    February 09, 2013 04:19 pm
    i think the technical team had it wrong..1. vorsah and boye seem to play similar style of game..it would have been better to play vorsah cuz of his hight and Jonathan mensah in games that involved tall strikers..he could also have played kissi on the left and allow k.asamoah to play left midfield..he could now play afful on the right back and s.asante on right midfield..rabiu and wakaso could have played from middle..ghana needed two strikers since a.gyan lost his pace..it could be gyan-clorttey..
  • junior mafia says:
    February 09, 2013 03:55 pm
    Why would Gfa make provision in da bugdet for bonuses to b paid if gh plaes 3rd n 4th.?wen apparently our target was da cup. Did they reali believe in da coach? and why was plavi seen with nyantakyi in SA wat were dey discussin?..how would AA feel to c his president with a former coach.personally I dnt believe boakye n annan were seriously injured som politics was goin on, u cant take KASA back to da left side of defense after apparently realisin we were exposed against congo.wen there was a natural left back der. did da psycologist even talk to da playrs wen da penalties were about to b taken..nsem piiii
  • jj says:
    February 09, 2013 03:55 pm
    you fool gyanis a giod player.my only criticiosm iswhy the hell isasante on the wing i think he is moreeffective playing just behind gyan
  • George Afrifa says:
    February 09, 2013 04:16 pm
    A decorated monkey is stil a monkey. Why shd Asamoah Gyan still doing in the team. Mali will win this game
  • junior mafia says:
    February 09, 2013 03:55 pm
    Why would Gfa make provision in da bugdet for bonuses to b paid if gh plaes 3rd n 4th.?wen apparently our target was da cup. Did they reali believe in da coach? and why was plavi seen with nyantakyi in SA wat were dey discussin?..how would AA feel to c his president with a former coach.personally I dnt believe boakye n annan were seriously injured som politics was goin on, u cant take KASA back to da left side of defense after apparently realisin we were exposed against congo.wen there was a natural left back der. did da psycologist even talk to da playrs wen da penalties were about to b taken..nsem piiii
  • Asamoah Gyan says:
    February 09, 2013 03:47 pm
    The problem with BS are in two fold Preamble: The first president, Kwame Nkrumah decided to propel his ideology to Africa and the World at large and as a matter of fact,used the BS as a symbol of victory and success by the black man. He used the Kankan nyame as the corner stone upon which the BS was built.[Nkrumah Was an idol worshiper] He then espoused and propelled his ideologies by the continuous success of BS and the of course rituals/sacrifices to the "kankan nyame" situation Now there is no pacification for the god. Solution 1. Pacify the "kankan nyame" the foundation stone os Black Stars 2. Change the name Black Stars to something else[best choice] Nigeria found them selves in similar situation in time past, all they did was to change their name. A word to the wise............
  • Asamoah Gyan says:
    February 09, 2013 03:47 pm
    The problem with BS are in two fold Preamble: The first president, Kwame Nkrumah decided to propel his ideology to Africa and the World at large and as a matter of fact,used the BS as a symbol of victory and success by the black man. He used the Kankan nyame as the corner stone upon which the BS was built.[Nkrumah Was an idol worshiper] He then espoused and propelled his ideologies by the continuous success of BS and the of course rituals/sacrifices to the "kankan nyame" situation Now there is no pacification for the god. Solution 1. Pacify the "kankan nyame" the foundation stone os Black Stars 2. Change the name Black Stars to something else[best choice] Nigeria found them selves in similar situation in time past, all they did was to change their name. Aword to the wise............
  • Edd A says:
    February 09, 2013 03:37 pm
    stupid coach must go. Nonsense
  • Black stars Fan says:
    February 09, 2013 03:37 pm
    GFA promised Ghanaians of taking Appiah to coaching courses, attachments and refresher courses, but they were just throwing sands into our eyes. Look at the magnitude of shame AA has brought upon us. Yet, there are people who are still advocating for him to stay on. OH GHANA!!!!
  • Nana Kwadwo says:
    February 09, 2013 03:07 pm
    The time is 6pm Ghana time and 1pm Eastern U.S time.
  • Pillar says:
    February 09, 2013 03:21 pm
    Look, Akwasi Appiah should stop this trial and error syndrome, why? When did he see Awal Mohammed playing defensive midfield position. Instead, why not play Isaac Vorsah who at club sides (Hoffinheim and Salzburg)have played such a role before. Kwasi wake-up from your slumber.
  • sly says:
    February 09, 2013 03:05 pm
    de black stars like joking too much in camp derek boateng should axe from de team he plays like he is in class one
  • sly says:
    February 09, 2013 03:04 pm
    de black stars like joking in camp derek boateng should axe from de team he plays like he is in class one
  • owusu duah felix says:
    February 09, 2013 02:51 pm
    this line up isn't de best coz we all know awal mohamed to be a center back n not a midfielder, this will not help at all.
  • sly says:
    February 09, 2013 02:48 pm
    Am shocked to awal in de defensive mildfield what de fuck I think gyan has paid de coach bribe God save ghana
  • Africanus says:
    February 09, 2013 02:50 pm
    Appiah made a tactical error by not selecting Warris. Boakye-Yiadom's injury and Clottey's inability to rise to occasion has left Ghana completely bereft of striking options. Hence our reliance on the wasted Gyan. I hope that Appiah will learn from the many mistakes he made going into this tournament, by way of selection. Many of the players he called turn out to be unworthy substitutes, who become permanent bench warmers.
  • anokwale says:
    February 09, 2013 02:30 pm
    I think this selection is decent. I would have benched Gyan though. However, I suspect that if Boakye Yiadom is not fit he might try Adomah up front. I think this will be a nice thing to see. Looking at it objectively, Clottey is not really Black Star material. Adomah might be the answer up front. I hope we see something happen today. This is a good fame to really test character.
  • Africanus says:
    February 09, 2013 02:32 pm
    Why is it that Kwasi Appiah can't drop Gyan and try Boakye Yiadom instead. Gyan is a wasted material, relying on him for goals will only bring disappointment to Ghana. He should either be axed from the Black Stars or come on from the bench.
  • Africanus says:
    February 09, 2013 02:37 pm
    Are you sure the coach knows better? I am not so sure about that. I think the GFA should give him a one year study leave. He should be sent off to Germany for further coaching courses, if we want a local coach capable of delivering results.
  • Rosky says:
    February 09, 2013 02:38 pm
    Akwasi Appiah is a fucking shit y shud he still start gyan ghana will lose n AA will fail
  • Jade black says:
    February 09, 2013 02:39 pm
    Kwarasey should have been in the post for Fatau to rest..Clottey or Boakye Yiadom should have been given a starting role rather than Gyan who diminishing returns is setting upon him..apart from that,i think its a good line up=]
  • Africanus says:
    February 09, 2013 02:43 pm
    Please keep superstition out of this. Out technical bench is simply inept. Put blame where blame belongs and don't resort to abstract forces to explain things. That is why in Ghana pastors have become millionaires living in air conditioned mansions, driving expense cars and sending their kids to expensive private schools, while the poor church goers who pay for all that live in poverty.
  • frsehprince says:
    February 09, 2013 02:08 pm
    6pm ghana time
  • Prof says:
    February 09, 2013 02:20 pm
    Akwasi Appiah shd be fired. Jerry Akaminko or Kissi shd have replaced painsti in our match against bukina
  • Stev says:
    February 09, 2013 01:55 pm
    Wat tym is de game coming on
  • Nana Kwadwo says:
    February 09, 2013 02:05 pm
    The time is 6pm Ghana time and 1pm eastern U.S. time.
  • kasoa says:
    February 09, 2013 01:53 pm
    hahahahh funny ghanaian don’t forget that is not the work of man but the free and blesseth gift from God . don’t get me wrong but one day will come for the one who has been forgotten will bring joy to the faces of ghanaians again let the lord leads you in your doing and not the devil ways . people don’t like him and don’t remember what he has done but he is the blesseth one for ghana like jesus for the world . HE is the person of DOMINIC (ADIDO) ADIYIAH . AMEN AND AMEN GHANAIANS SHOULD MARK MY WORDS .
  • Concern says:
    February 09, 2013 01:52 pm
    Akwasi appiah you are a villager for starting asamoah gyan once more...The money you are taking from him wont bring anything good to the team..Useless coach!!!!!
  • Kwamina says:
    February 09, 2013 01:48 pm
    Yes, it looks like Boakye-Yiadom is still not fit - what a shame! I wonder if our medical team know what they are doing? Awal Mohammed may not be a straight replacement for Badu. Remember, Isaac Vorsah is capable of playing in the defensive midfield position.
  • Dr Who says:
    February 09, 2013 01:44 pm
    Good squad! GH 2-1 Mali
  • TRIBAL COACH says:
    February 09, 2013 01:41 pm
    KEEP THIS CLUELESS,USELESS COACH AND WAVE BYE BYE TO THE WORLD CUP.JUST WAIT AND SEE
  • KILLER says:
    February 09, 2013 01:33 pm
    People should know that Boakye Yiadom is still nursing injure according to a corresponded from the BS camp. so Ghana Paaa is't the players or the coaches? we started playing this third places and finals and continue to change coaches since yrs back and yet still we can't win the cup, Is't a curse or what?
  • jka says:
    February 09, 2013 01:21 pm
    they should sack the coach ,he is too limited tacticaly, why is asamoah gyan always playing ? has he paid someone to play , he should now retire and let's find a real potent striker
  • Killer says:
    February 09, 2013 01:20 pm
    @ Ghana when yiadom got injured he is still not well. Kissi Boateng replacing Pantsil is very good but Awal replacing Agyemang Badu doesn't sound good to me cos Awal is a defender not a midfielder, all the same the coach knows better than i do
  • Nana Yaw says:
    February 09, 2013 01:19 pm
    very gud selection by the coach go black stars go
  • junior mafia says:
    February 09, 2013 01:07 pm
    Awal a defensive midfielder?
  • Papadinho says:
    February 09, 2013 01:09 pm
    Asamoah Gyan again?? Wtf!!! Where is Yiadam? This coach is a daammn fool. Using politics to select players. I hope they lose today!!. Fuck the black stars!!! God bless Ghana
  • Ghana says:
    February 09, 2013 01:07 pm
    Wat about Richmond y dont they give him a star he is good
  • zambia is our toilet hole says:
    February 09, 2013 12:58 pm
    KWARASSEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE POST.
  • hmmmmmm says:
    February 09, 2013 12:53 pm
    Ei! Asamoah Gyan again??? Our squad wasn't strong