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Ghana starting line-up unchanged for Cape Verde, Wakaso benched

Published on: 02 February 2013

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has named an unchanged starting line-up to face Cape Verde on Saturday despite the injury recovery of key players Mubarak Wakaso and Anthony Annan.

The Black Stars trainer has kept faith with the same starting line-up that thrashed Niger 3-0 in their last Monday, meaning Christian Atsu and Rabiu Mohammed will start ahead of Wakaso and Annan respectively.

The decision by the coach means that he will stick with the same formation against Cape Verde as they are physically tough as the Nigeriens.

Ghana will rely on the dexterity of Atsu and Kwadwo Asamoah to unlock the tough defence of the Blue Sharks with the latter playing behind lone striker Asamoah Gyan.

Atsu has been maintained in the starting line-up following his excellent showing in the match against Niger which earned him the man-of-the-match award.

England based speedster Albert Adomah will continue to play on the right wing with Agyemang Badu partnering Mohammed to provide the steel in midfield.

Towering Isaac Vorsah and John Boye will stay at the heart of the central defence to provide cover for goalkeeper Fatau Dauda while stopping dangerous Cape Verde striker Platini.

John Paintsil and Harrison Afful will play at the right back and left back respectively.

The starting line-up will give Ghana coach the chance to also make strong changes as Wakaso, Annan, Derek Boateng and Jonathan Mensah will provide strong options on the bench.

Ghana starting line-up against Cape Verde:

Fatau Dauda, John Paintsil, Harrison Afful, John Boye, Isaac Vorsah, Rabiu Mohammed, Albert Adomah, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Asamoah Gyan, Kwadwo Asamoah, Christian Atsu.

What do you think of Ghana's starting line-up? Do you think Wakaso and Annan should have started? Do you think the selection is right? Make your views known in the box below:

Comments

  • Kobby says:
    February 02, 2013 11:33 am
    PERFECT SELECTION
  • @Kwame says:
    February 02, 2013 11:38 am
    Unquestionable
  • theprince says:
    February 02, 2013 11:40 am
    gud we don't change a winning team wakasu shud start from de bench
  • kk says:
    February 02, 2013 11:41 am
    GOD BLESS GH
  • Idan says:
    February 02, 2013 11:42 am
    We support u with this selection
  • Viper says:
    February 02, 2013 11:44 am
    It only makes sense,doesn't it? but I hope we don't go into the game guns blazing,we have to play a measured game for the first 20 minutes to keep them quite then unleash our fury for the rest of the game.
  • Kpogas says:
    February 02, 2013 11:44 am
    Asamoah Gyan should be benched for Clottey. This is not a joke match.
  • A concerned citizen says:
    February 02, 2013 11:47 am
    I said it on this forum, we don't change a winning team
  • STUPID GHANAIAN says:
    February 02, 2013 11:50 am
    Gyan shud start. But am counting few hours.
  • Slim says:
    February 02, 2013 11:55 am
    Good. Its good to have a strong bench.
  • SAIDU says:
    February 02, 2013 11:55 am
    That's ok. All we want is to beat cape verde today. I've faith in all of black star players
  • TAKPANDOW says:
    February 02, 2013 12:07 pm
    THAT IS OK FOR,GHANA 2 TO C V 1
  • JUSTACOMMMENT says:
    February 02, 2013 12:09 pm
    given what he has at his disposable , i think he has made the most of what he has got
  • Dr Who says:
    February 02, 2013 12:11 pm
    “If it ain‘t broken don‘t fix it“. I like the squad.GH winning 2-0
  • Abis Kola says:
    February 02, 2013 12:12 pm
    @Kpogas, do you think Clottey can play this tournament?? Never can he!!! I dont even know why clottey was called to this squad...... Asamoah will score today
  • kwaku says:
    February 02, 2013 12:15 pm
    ur reason being that what?.....what do u know about selection......are we now going play jastify or what...this is not the time to try clottey..we mean business my friend...and dont forget that we dont change a winning team if u dont know...
  • imranus says:
    February 02, 2013 12:18 pm
    perfect sellection. with commitment and prayer God will see us through. God bless our homeland God.
  • Jade black says:
    February 02, 2013 12:18 pm
    I support u Viper=] we should contain them for the first 20 minutes and then unleash our venorm on them..
  • Abis Kola says:
    February 02, 2013 12:19 pm
    Exactly kwaku.....even clottey cant play this tournament.....inxperience clottey....... Mmmm he dont qualify to play blackstars now
  • flezy says:
    February 02, 2013 12:26 pm
    the first xi is not bad, jux that i was expecting Asante to start ahead of Adomah. Good-luck Black Stars we are all behind you to lift the nation GHANA flag high.
  • Kwame Pito says:
    February 02, 2013 12:34 pm
    THE DEFENCE GUYS SHOULD BE SPOKEN TO. THEY SHOULD BE ACTIVE AND AWARE. NO LOSS OF CONCENTRATION BECAUSE WE HAVE ENOUGH QUALITY UPFRONT TO SCORE GOALS. But A.A should talk to the defence to play focused and active. CLOSE DOWN THE SPACES. KUDOS GBSTAR
  • Unknown says:
    February 02, 2013 01:00 pm
    Never change a winning team. Lots of luck ahead of this important game, go Black Stars!
  • score says:
    February 02, 2013 01:05 pm
    Now Ghanaians are happy about the squad right? U see ur hypocrisy has caught up with u?.....the coach needed just a little time to settle. Now u see y'all are ashamed of urselves? Shaaaaame!!!!! Go GH..God is with us.
  • junior mafia says:
    February 02, 2013 01:24 pm
    @score thanks buddy...where are those fools who were sayn kumasi coach? U think playstation is coaching forkin retards.badminded ppl
  • Paul says:
    February 02, 2013 01:31 pm
    @score: God bless u my brother, ur observation is jst superb!
  • Mochacho-USA says:
    February 02, 2013 01:33 pm
    Wow ,this is the 1st tym I have Ghanaians agree on something on this web. It means something meaningful is abt to happen...........we gonna win the AFCON. I like the seletion ,yes dnt fix it if it ain't broke,go GBS
  • myke says:
    February 02, 2013 02:02 pm
    What kind of stupid questions? I believe the coach knows the players roles and capabilities so who are we as Ghanaian supporters to decide who should start when we are not trainers of these boys. Shame on our journalists. This is part of the reason why ghana is not progress ing in anything. Too much interferences.
  • Osama says:
    February 02, 2013 02:04 pm
    Both side is OK,starting and bench
  • Ghana says:
    February 02, 2013 02:10 pm
    Is Richmond boakye yiadon playing
  • Singh says:
    February 02, 2013 03:03 pm
    Does anyone know where this game can be watched online?
  • gifty says:
    February 02, 2013 03:29 pm
    ghana 1-0 capevarde
  • myke says:
    February 02, 2013 03:31 pm
    Watch the game @ Oleoletv.com. enjoy the game.