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Ghana coach Appiah to ring major changes to face Mali today

Published on: 24 January 2013

By Ameenu Shardow - Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says he will make changes to his starting line-up to face Mali on Thursday at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

From the training sessions at the Black Stars training ground, it is clear that some players who played in Ghana's first match against DR Congo will not be used in the match against Mali.

With Isaac Vorsah recovering from injury, Jerry Akaminko is expected to revert to his place on the bench as the towering centre-back has been partnering John Boye at the heart of the defence since Tuesday.

Another change likely to happen is makeshift left-back Kwadwo Asamoah who has been moved to playing behind striker Asamoah Gyan.

With Kwadwo moving upfront, Harrison Afful has been used at the left back with Mubarak Wakaso playing from the left wing position.

Youngster Rabiu Mohammed has taken Derek Boateng's place at the heart of the midfield during the training session, meaning he could also grab a place.

The two sides clash in Group B with the Black Stars desperately needing a victory to ease their fears of reaching the second round of the competition in South Africa.

Injuries forced the coach to deploy some players in their unusual positions in their opening group match aganist DR Congo while some second choice players made the starting line-up.

With most of the players on the injury list recovering, Appiah says he will switch his tactics as he is not static with the formation he uses for matches.

"I will not be using the same formation for every match. I plan my strategy depending on the opponent we face," Appiah said.

"It could be the same style of play against DR Congo or different. But Mali are different from DR Congo and we will approach them with a different style.

Mali have an early advantage in Group B thanks to their 1-0 win over Niger in their opening game of the group on Sunday.

The victory means they top of group on three points after Ghana were held to a 2-2 draw by DR Congo at the group's Port Elizabeth venue.

Ghana probable starting line-up: Fatau Dauda, John Pantsil, Harrison Afful, Isaac Vorsah, John Boye, Rabiu Mohammed, Albert Adomah, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Kwadwo Asamoah, Asamoah Gyan, Mubarak Wakaso.

What do you think about this starting line-up? Do you think Ghana can defeat Mali with this starting line-up? Make your views known in the box below:

Comments

  • Big mouth says:
    January 24, 2013 03:14 am
    We are doomed! why all the numerous injuries in our team? Has Dede finally been vindicated for saying there are a lot of injury situations in the team on goal.com? What is Kissi Boateng doing on that bench? For John Painstil, the personality as a dead horse and his Agyakoo look alike sucks on the field. I once wrote here that, since Plavi was given the boot, AA too should have been sacked. He has absolute nothing to offer. It is as if, he did not learn anything from the expatriate coaches as an assistant coach over the years. I watched the first game sitting on thorns. And for those of you (including GH FUO THINK BIG) who were running your mouths here claiming we do not need Dede Ayew should come out and talk again!
  • toto says:
    January 24, 2013 03:19 am
    Ghanasoccernet are starting de game with ten players
  • access says:
    January 24, 2013 03:53 am
    The back four should be ... Boye..Mensah..Vorsah..Akaminko..Kwarasey should be in the goal..AA don't start Dereck Boateng and Paintsil.
  • jb says:
    January 24, 2013 03:53 am
    the ayews should be permanently be banned from ghana black stars ...they are the reason for the 30 year drought...ghana will win this tournament..it is because there is no ayew on the team....
  • asantenii says:
    January 24, 2013 04:32 am
    SO CALLED JB, YOU ARE A BIG FOOL WITH NO THINKING ABILITY. GHANA LOVES THEM AND WE NEED THEIR SERVICES ALWAYS.
  • John Brown says:
    January 24, 2013 04:42 am
    So where is Kwadwo Asamoah in this line up? You people you fool waaaaa!
  • hahahaha says:
    January 24, 2013 04:51 am
    lol. i guess we are playing 10 against 11 according to GSN. Ghana probable starting line-up: Fatau Dauda, John Pantsil, Harrison Afful, Isaac Vorsah, John Boye, Rabiu Mohammed, Albert Adomah, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Asamoah Gyan, Mubarak Wakaso.
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    January 24, 2013 04:51 am
    big mouth, U ARE A FOOL. CAN U MOVE ON? DEDE IS NOT WITH THE TEAM. LETS FOND WAYS TO WIN WITH THOSE WE HAVE OKAY. KWASIA
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    January 24, 2013 04:59 am
    AA IS MAKING A MISTAKE IF HEGOES AHEAD WITH THIS LIST. OAISNTIL IS NOT A STARTER. HE MUST COME OFF THE BENCH AAFTER WE HAVE GAINED A LEAD. HE CANT OVERLAP, SO WHY START PAINSTIL, AA? AFFUL IS NOT A LEFT BACK. START AFFUL AT THE 2, AA. U R TOO TIMID IN THE HEAD, AA. WHY R U HELL BENT OF PLAYING AFFUL ON THE 3 BY ALL MEANS? AFFUL PLAYS THE 2 AT HIS CLUB. EVEN AGAINST DR CONGO, AFFUL WAS WEAK AS A LEFTBACK. YET U WANT TO PUT HIM BACK THERE...WHY? WATS IS WRONG WITH YOU AA? ESPERANCE PAYS AFFUL LOTS OF MONEY TO PLAY THERE. IF AFFUL WAS A BETTER LEFTBACK, DONT U THINK ESPERANCE WOULD HAVE PLAYED HIM THERE? AH.... DONT START VORSAH AND JOHN BOYE. IF U WANT TO KNOW WHY, GO N WATCH THE GAME AGAINST MALI AT AFCON 2012 AND U WILL FIND OUT WHY WE LOST 2 NIL.... RABIU /AKAMINKO AT THE 6 IS A GOODLOOK, IF ANNAN CANT GO. YES, START ADOMAH AT 7, BUT ATSU MUST REPLACE HIM. START CLOTTEY AHEAD OF GYAN. KWADWO ASAMOAH MUST PLAY 11. WAKASSO MUST PLAY 3.
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    January 24, 2013 05:01 am
    AA IS MAKING A MISTAKE IF HEGOES AHEAD WITH THIS LIST. OAISNTIL IS NOT A STARTER. HE MUST COME OFF THE BENCH AAFTER WE HAVE GAINED A LEAD. HE CANT OVERLAP, SO WHY START PAINSTIL, AA? AFFUL IS NOT A LEFT BACK. START AFFUL AT THE 2, AA. U R TOO TIMID IN THE HEAD, AA. WHY R U HELL BENT OF PLAYING AFFUL ON THE 3 BY ALL MEANS? AFFUL PLAYS THE 2 AT HIS CLUB. EVEN AGAINST DR CONGO, AFFUL WAS WEAK AS A LEFTBACK. YET U WANT TO PUT HIM BACK THERE...WHY? WATS IS WRONG WITH YOU AA? ESPERANCE PAYS AFFUL LOTS OF MONEY TO PLAY THERE. IF AFFUL WAS A BETTER LEFTBACK, DONT U THINK ESPERANCE WOULD HAVE PLAYED HIM THERE? AH.... DONT START VORSAH AND JOHN BOYE. IF U WANT TO KNOW WHY, GO N WATCH THE GAME AGAINST MALI AT AFCON 2012 AND U WILL FIND OUT WHY WE LOST 2 NIL. START JONATHAN MENSAH AND AWAL. YOU CAN BRING IN VORSAH, BOYE AND AKAMINKO LATER... RABIU /AKAMINKO AT THE 6 IS A GOODLOOK, IF ANNAN CANT GO. YES, START ADOMAH AT 7, BUT ATSU MUST REPLACE HIM. START CLOTTEY AHEAD OF GYAN. KWADWO ASAMOAH MUST PLAY 11. WAKASSO MUST PLAY 3. SAVE YOUR BEST GUNS FOR LATER.
  • african says:
    January 24, 2013 05:18 am
    Watch out for this head line 2nigh. ITS NOLONGER IN OUR HANDS OR WE STILL CAN QUALIFY
  • johnny says:
    January 24, 2013 05:59 am
    I am not sure about Rabiu against Keita, but the rest of players in your linup look good.
  • Too much talking in Ghana says:
    January 24, 2013 06:18 am
    Leave the coach alona aba! He know what he is doing. We have to avoid defeat simply as that . The last match against Niger .we shall take easily to qualify.
  • real sabacious says:
    January 24, 2013 06:33 am
    I doubt if AA will start paintsil,he add nothing to the team interms of attacking and defending,Akaminko has been playing very well as right full back for his club this season.so he would the perfect option in that position,i wonder why ppl are calling for his exclusion from the first 11.The penalty he committed can happen to any defender,apart from the penalty error.he did well in defending and attacking.playing paintsil and afful at the left and right full back against the malians will be a disaster!!! u guys mark my words
  • yurigagarin says:
    January 24, 2013 06:44 am
    appiah will be stupid to use dauda mali this clearly shows d@ appiah is tatically bankrupt.......i dont think starting dauda is a very gud sign....but apart from d@ i think the possible line up against mali is gud..
  • mallam sofo says:
    January 24, 2013 08:09 am
    pls mr appiah i beg U in the name of God dont start agyakoo wai....shame to to the ayews the think without them we cant play apuuuuuuu black stars will win this tournament in jesus name..... AAAAAAAAAAAMMEN.......
  • AA says:
    January 24, 2013 09:16 am
    I THINK YOU ARE RIGHT.THANKS
  • King Wasky says:
    January 24, 2013 09:19 am
    @Hahahah or whatever your name is,please go back to kingdergarten and start learning counting because you do not know simple 123 and you are here laughing like a jackal.The names that GSN published are 11 and not 10 and I will start the counting for you now...1.Fatau Dauda,2.John Pantsil, 3.Harrison Afful,4. Isaac Vorsah, 5.John Boye,6.Rabiu Mohammed, 7.Albert Adomah, 8.Emmanuel Agyemang Badu,9.Kwadwo Asamoah, 10.Asamoah Gyan, 11.Mubarak Wakaso. And @John Brown which spectacle are you using or do you have sight problem??? you are here pouring unneccessary insult on GSN pls open your eyes and read well Brown KASA is in the line up.My major concern here is that you should understand English before commenting the writer said and I quote "Ghana probable starting line-up".To all those who are saying different things please he did not say Ghana starting line-up please.God bless Ghana,God bless Black Stars.Ghana 3 Mali 1.
  • amy says:
    January 24, 2013 09:32 am
    SO BAD THAT DEDE IS NOT ON TEAM.COACH KWESI WILL CERTAINLY PAY FOR HIS DECISION TO LEAVE HIM OUT. YOU REMEMBER THE 1992 FINAL WITHOUT ABEDI? YOU DON'T LEAVE YOUR BEST OUT OF THE TEAM FOR FAKE REASONS.GHANA SHOULD WAIT UNTIL 2015 TO LIFT AFRICA CUP.HOWEVER THE TEAM WILL REACH THE SEMIS.
  • Divaro says:
    January 24, 2013 10:18 am
    Pls those of u who are against the Ayew brothers, the guys never wish the Black Stars downfall. Can we be a bit responsible in our comments pls. Other countries come to this site because they love Ghana. Lets be civilised and disciplined pls.
  • toto says:
    January 24, 2013 10:20 am
    @ king wasky van just edited de story, kwadwo asamoah's name was not in de list
  • J. White says:
    January 24, 2013 11:09 am
    @King Wasky: please next time be careful not attack people who commented earlier this way. Those of us who visit this site on daily basis know very well that GSN are fond of making silly errors and when you criticize them they quickly correct those errors. So people who come to comment after you don't notice the errors that were made initially, making it look as if the people who were the first to comment on it were rather stupid. So please I don't think it is the case that those guys you attacked did not know how to count 123. It is most likely that GSN, as usual, have corrected the error.
  • Asamoah Gyan says:
    January 24, 2013 11:48 am
    firi h) kO ,he was very poor against Mbokani
  • Big mouth says:
    January 24, 2013 11:54 am
    You seem a very unhappy person besides who on this site is most buffoon like you?...no one just you!!! Do think you are the Senior prefect of this site or what? Forget about the very stupid and entrenched positions you assume on this site trying to moderate the taughts' of others. Do not bring such an imbecily sort of attitude to me. We are not of the same LEVEL okay! Who the hell are you to even attempt team selection and tactics for Akwasi Appiah? Fuck the hell off and go suck your granny's pussy, you son of a useless bitch.
  • Bengin says:
    January 24, 2013 11:55 am
    Kwesi appiah's face on de bench doesnt look sumtin to write home about........he shd b confident on de bench
  • Big mouth says:
    January 24, 2013 12:06 pm
    Stupid, were you not the same person who said Akwasi Appiah should not start our best players in the Congo game but rather rest them? Now you are here pointing his mistakes out. Our best players played and we all saw nothing but shadow chases by them, ABAA!. Back off and lets have some breathing space.
  • Bill Quaicoe says:
    January 24, 2013 02:18 pm
    We need Anane in this match to get the maximum 3pts ok, Vorsah with Joe Mensah shud be the best @ the middle, If our right footback is highly blocked, let block the left footback too with a strong player like Boye We Need To Win! We Need To Win! We Need To Win........!!! Ghana Must Go Foward and tell the boys that this game is a game full of running, nothing like stylish game