HAVE YOUR SAY: Pick your Black Stars XI to face Zambia

Michael Essien has returned

Michael Essien has returned

Who would you choose from the 26-man squad named by James Kwesi Appiah to start against Zambia on September 6 in the all-important 2014 World Cup qualifier.

Kwesi Appiah is definitely suffering from selection headache with the return of Michael Essien in the central midfield but must fend off competition from Rabiu Mohammed, new-boy Yussif Raman Chibsah and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu.

AC Milan’s Milan Kevin-Prince Boateng and Andre Ayew are all available to compete with Kwadwo Asamoah, Wakaso Mubarak, Frank Acheampong and Christian Atsu.

Striker Abdul Majeed Waris has also returned from injury.

OUR PICK

F Dauda – D Opare, H Afful, J Boye, J Mensah – R Mohammed – M Essien, A Ayew, K-P Boateng, K Asamoah – A Gyan

Select your preferred team and see what your friends think…

Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Adam Kwarasey (Stromgodset, Norway), Razak Braimah (Guadalajara, Spain)

Defenders: Samuel Inkoom (Dnipro, Ukraine), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege, Belgium), Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), Kissi Boateng (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), John Boye (Rennes, France), Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France), Rashid Sumaila (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Mohammed Awal (Maritzburg United, South Africa)

Midfielders: Rabiu Mohammed (Kuban Krasnodar, Russia), Yussif Raman Chibsah (Sassuolo, Italy), Michael Essien (Chelsea, England), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy), Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese, Italy), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough, England), Solomon Asante (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Mubarak Wakaso (Espanyol, Spain), Christian Atsu (Porto, Portugal), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium)

Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE), Andre Ayew (Marseille, France), Kevin Prince Boateng (AC Milan, Italy), Abdul Majeed Waris (Spartak Moscow, Russia), Mahatma Otoo (Sogndal, Norway)

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Kwame Adu-Gyamfi says:

    4-4-2 formation. Defenders: John Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Dani Opare, Harrison Afful. Midfielders: Andre Ayew, Kwadwo Asamoah, Kevin Prince Boateng, Mubarak Wakaso. Strikers: Asamoah Gyan, Abdul Majeed Waris. Goalkeeper: Adam Kwarasey. Substitutes: Wakaso/Acheampong,Asamoah/Essien, Kwarasey/Braimah

    • GHFUO, BE SERIOUS NOT PRIDEFUL! says:

      532 FORMATION….THE 5TH DEFENDER PLAYS A ROAMING ROLE BETWEEN MIDFIELD N DEFENCE. AFFUL IS NOT A NATURAL LEFT BACK, FOLKS…KISSI IS NOT EXPERIENCED ENUFF….MORE THE REASON FOR AA TO CALL DAVE ADDY(U20 WCUP CHAMPS, CLUB LEFTBACK PLAYER)…..

      MAYELE, PICK THE FIRST 2 PLAYERS FROM THIS LIST, PLUS 1 GOALIE. THAT IS UR 23 MAN SQUAD. AS THE PLAYERS DIP IN FORM, U BRING IN OTHERS WHO ARE GETTING REGULAR 90 MINUTE PLAYING TIME, WITH THEIR CLUBS TO REPLACE THEM….
      GBSTARS STARTING 11
      1. DAUDA, KWARASAY, RAZAK BRIMAH
      2. OPARE, AFFUL, NKUM
      3. DAVE ADDY, NANA ASARE/KISSI BOAT
      4. AKAMINKO, BOYE, SUMAILA, ATTAMA LAWERH
      5. MENSAH, AWAL
      6. ESSIEN, RABIU, KUMORDZI/CHIBSAH/GYIMAH
      7. ABEYIE, ASANTE/ODJER
      8. KP BOATENG, BADU, WAKASSO
      9. GYAN, MUNTARI, YIADOM, ASSIFUAH, OTOO
      10.DEDE, AFFUM, ATSU
      11.KASA, WAKASSO/ACHEAMPONG
      “While the players make themselves available, they will be invited on merit and based on the demands of every game.” MAYELE
      MASSA, U JUST INVITED ADIYIAH, NKUM, ASTU, DAUDA WHO R CLEARLY NOT GETTING ANY OR ENUFF PLAYING IME WITH THEIR CLUBS. DIDNT U SEE HOW RUSTY NKUM, ADIYIAH, ATSU WERE AGAINST TURKEY?
      TWO ISSUES WHY GH HASNT BEEN ABLE TO WIN TROPHIES SINCE ’82:
      1. VISA RACKETEERING, WAYS N MEANS, BRIBERY AMONGST PLAYERS N OFFICIALS TO INFLUENCE SELECTION
      2. OUR UNWILLINGNESS TO ACCEPT CHANGE N USE YOUNG PLAYERS. MILO USE THE LARGELY U20 SQUAD AND GH WENT TO THE AFCON FINALS IN ANGOLA. OUR BEST PERFORMANCE SINCE GH WON THE TROPHY IN 1982!
      3. WINNING BONUS SYSTEM WITH THE NATIONAL TEAMS MUST BE SCRAPPED. HOW CAN U PLACE 4TH AT AFCON TOURNAMNTS AND GET $60,000 DOLLARS? FOR WAT?
      RESULTS EQUAL MONEY. THEREFORE, HOW CAN U PLACE 4TH AND BE REWARDED WITH ALL THIS MONEY? MEANWHILE, WE HAVE NO HOSPITALS FOR WOMEN N CHILDREN IN GH…
      base on their performance per match. The lower they perform, the less money they make.
      4.GFA, WHY DONT ADD BLACK STRIPES TO OUR WHITE JERSEYS?
      THE WHITE N BLACK STRIPES WILL BE OUR HOME JERSEYS WITH NO NAMES. THE RED N YELLOW JERSEYS WILL BE THE ROAD JERSEYS, WITH COLLAR AND
      NAMES ON THE BACK.

    • bossman k says:

      great minds think alike. Your picks are excellent

    • bossman k says:

      my formation

      Dauda

      afful, boye, mensah, Daniel Opare

      Ayew K. Asamoah, Wakaso, Frank Acheampong

      Gyan waris

      I chose this line up because all our midfielders with exception to K. Asamoah are very good strikers as well. Thus, our chances of scoring many goals will be high

      • GHFUO, BE SERIOUS NOT PRIDEFUL! says:

        the zambians ARE COMING TO PLAY THE COUNTER ATTACK. MAYELE MUST ADOPT THE MOURINHO DEFENSE STRATEGY AGAINST HE ZAMBIANS. 442 FORMATION WOT WORK AGAINST ZAMBIA. THEY USED THIS STRATEGY TO BEAT GH ON 2 OCCASIONS. U NEED HALF BACKS WHO CAN RUN BACK N DEFEND. AFFUL IS NOT A NATURAL LEFTBACK, SO WHY ARE U FOLKS USING HIM ON THE 3? GH ALSO NEEDS MIDFIELDERS LIKE ESSIEN WHO CAN PRVIDE SPLIT, LONG PASSES . AND STRIKERS WHO CAN RUN AND COUNTER OFF THE BREAK….

  2. Baktiria says:

    1.kwarasey
    2.afful
    3.opare
    4.boye
    5.mensah
    6.rabiu
    7.prince
    8.kwadwo
    9.dede
    10.gyan
    11.wakaso

  3. Mikael Fante says:

    Formation (4-5-1)
    Defenders: Harrison Afful, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah and Daniel Opare
    Midfielders: Agyeman Badu (DM), Michael Essien (CM), Kwadwo Asamoah (CM),Kevin Prince Boateng (OM), Andre Dede Ayew (OM).
    Striker(s): Asamoah Gyan

    Super Subs:
    Mubarak Wakaso
    Frank Acheampong
    Christian Atsu
    Abdul Majeed Waris

  4. Gada says:

    keep doing ur selections here whiles the main man, coach does the real one. Dreamers

  5. Mikael Fante says:

    Formation (4-5-1)
    Goal Keeper: Adam Larsen Kwarasey

    Defenders: Harrison Afful (LB), John Boye (CD), Jonathan Mensah (CD) and Daniel Opare (RB)

    Midfielders: Agyeman Badu (DM), Michael Essien (CM), Kwadwo Asamoah (CM),Kevin Prince Boateng (OM), Andre Dede Ayew (OM).

    Striker(s): Asamoah Gyan

    Super Subs:
    Mubarak Wakaso
    Frank Acheampong
    Christian Atsu
    Abdul Majeed Waris

    • Jaja says:

      Formation (4-5-1)
      Goal Keeper: Adam Larsen Kwarasey
      Defenders: Kwadwo Asamoah (LB), John Boye (CD), Jonathan Mensah (CD) and Daniel Opare (RB)
      Midfielders: Rabiu Mohammed (DM), Michael Essien (DM), Wakaso (LM), Kevin-Prince Boateng (AM), Andre Dede Ayew (RM).
      Striker: Asamoah Gyan

  6. Elinam says:

    f. Dauda
    d.Opare|j. Boye|j. Mensah|h. Afful
    p. Boateng|r. Mohammed|m. Essien|a. Ayew
    a. Gyan|k. Asamoah
    If they all have a good day, then we good to go!

  7. Nimo says:

    4231 formation:

    Gyan

    K asamoah dede F Acheampong

    KP Boateng Essien

    Aful Boye Jonathan Opare

    Dauda

  8. P.BADU says:

    4-2-3-1: Dauda,AFFUL,J.MENSAH,J.BOYE,B.KISSIDM__ESSIEN,A.BADU,–AM__’.K.ASAMOAH,K.P.BOATENG,A.AYEW__, CF__A.GYAN__SUBS!__M.RABIU,ATSU,WARRIS

  9. TIZOO says:

    4-2-3-1 formation
    a. Dauda
    b. Inkoom, Jonathan, Boye, Afful
    c. Rabiu, Essien
    d. Kevin, Kwadwo Asamoah, Dede
    e. Gyan

  10. percy says:

    1. Kwarasey
    2. Opare
    3. Afful
    4. J. Mensah
    5. Boye
    6. Rabui
    7. Prince
    8. Wakasu
    9. Gyan
    10. K. Asamoah
    11. Dede

  11. Assisi says:

    1. Dauda
    2. Opare
    3. Afful
    4. John Boye
    5. Kissi Boateng
    6. Rabiu
    7. Wakaso
    8. Prince
    9. K Asamoah
    10.A Gyan
    11. Dede

  12. millennium says:

    At tizoo, are u a zambian? Why do u suggest inkoom in the line up?

  13. C.O says:

    4-4-2 formatiom 1dauda.d: opare,mensah,boye,afful,m:k asamoah,prince,rabiu,dede.f:gyan,waris

  14. Francis A says:

    Pls, this is Kwesi’s problem. He invited them. I trust he’ll find the right combination. I’m lost myself.

  15. black moon says:

    Kwarasey – D Opare, H Afful, J Boye, J Mensah – R Mohammed – M Essien, , K Asamoah A Ayew, K-P Boateng A Gyan this would be my line up…

  16. Pastor Canada says:

    1. Dauda 2. Esien 3. Afful 4. Boye 5. Jonathan 6. Rabiu 7. Ayew 8. Kevin 9. Gyan 10. Asamoah 11. Wakaso

  17. Dr Who says:

    Formation: 4-4-1-1
    Dauda
    Afful
    Kissi
    Jonathan
    Boye
    Rabiu
    Essien
    Wakaso
    Kwadwo
    KPB
    Gyan

  18. ghanaboy says:

    Bullshit.Why will put kwarasey into the goal post.You people think we are ready to conceed a goal?..Apuu,that is why u will never be a good coach even if you choose to

  19. Ishaak says:

    Formation:4-2-3-1 GK.Dauda.Defence:Afful,Opare,Boye,Mensah.DMF:Rabiu,Wakaso.AMF:Ayew,Boateng,Asamoah,Gyan. Subtitutes:Essien,Atsu.

  20. gogee says:

    kwarasey
    Daniel opare! j. boye! j. mensah! afful !
    rabiu mohammed! michael Essien!
    andre ayew! kp boateng! K. Asamoah
    Gyan,

  21. A concerned citizen says:

    Powerful selection
    …………………1, Dauda
    2 S.Inkomm 4, J.Mensah 5 J,Boye 3, H.Afful
    8, Kpboateng 6, A.Badu/Essien
    7,Majeed 9, Gyan 11, K.Asamoah 10, Ayew

    Reserves Wakaso,Atsu,Rabiu,d.Opare,Kwarasey

  22. Nene kortey obour says:

    I believe strongly that with the inclusion of the notable players in camp now,the coach knows the best to be fielded on the d-day.

  23. Kwame Adu-Gyamfi says:

    @ghanaboy, Dauda hasn’t had enough playing time with his new club. Kwarasey and Braimah have. But Kwarasey is a good goalkeeper but I just don’t understand what is going on with him. This is the same guy who neutralized Ronaldinho. The defense was poor during the Turkey game. He will better with a good defense in front of him.

  24. Speed says:

    Kwarasey

    Opare. Mensah. Boye. Afful

    Wakasu. Rabiu. Kwadwo Asamoah

    KPBoateng. Andrey Ayew

    Gyan

  25. Nii Kwatei says:

    GSN, Kevin is NOT a striker. He is a deeplying playermaker, a box-to-box mdifielder. AC Milan used him as a winger last season, that’s why his so-called form dropped.

  26. Brite says:

    4-2-3-1 : Razak Brimah, Daniel Opare, Harrison Afful, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Rabiu Mohammed, Michael Essien, Dede Ayew, Mubarak Wakaso, Kwadwo Asamoah and Asamoah Djan(C). Reserves : Fatau Mohammed, Kissi Boateng, Rashid Sumaila, K. P Boateng, Frank Acheampong, Majid Warris, Mahatma Otoo. SCORES : GHANA 2 , ZAMBIA 0.

  27. A cool guy says:

    Perfect selection 4 coach Appiah
    ………………1, Dauda
    2, Dan Opare 4, J.Mensah 5,J>Boye 3, H,Afful
    8, Michael Essien 6, A.Badu
    7,K.Asamoah 9, Gyan 10, KPBoateng 11, A.Ayew

    Reserves, Atsu, Acheampong, Wakaso, Kwarasey, Rabiu, Warris

  28. awal says:

    1.kwarasey 2.opre 3.kissi 4.mensah 5.boye 6. essien 7.kp boateng 8.wakaso 9.gyan 10.k asamoa 11.ayew

  29. David says:

    1,Kwarasey
    2.Opare
    3.Afful
    4.Boye
    5.Mensah
    6.Asamoah
    7.Kevin
    8.Rabiu
    9.Dede
    10.Wakaso
    11.Gyan

  30. Smokey says:

    1 Dauda
    2 Opare 4 Boye 5 Mensah 3 Afful
    6 Rabiu 8 Asamoah
    7 Atsu 10 Ayew 11 Wakaso
    9 Gyan

  31. OHENE NANA says:

    GK Dauda/Brimah/Kwarasey
    RB Opare/Afful
    CBMensah and Boye
    LB Wakaso/Rahman
    DM Essien
    RM Boateng
    LM Asamoah
    AM Ayew
    CF Gyan
    ST Waris
    Super Subs:
    Badu–>DM
    Atsu–>RM
    Acheampong–>LM

  32. Ijahman says:

    My selection

    451 formation

    1. Dauda
    2. Opare
    3. Afful
    4. Boye
    5. Essien
    6. Rabiu
    7. Kevin
    8. Kojo Asamoah
    9. Gyan
    10. Dede
    11. Wakasso

    I watched Jonathan Mensah in the french league and realized how he can let in goals. I dont trust him that much in defence now like before. Essien will rather form a solid pair with Boye in central defence. Kojo Asamoah and Rabiu can play the central midfield very well. Dede at 10 and right behind Gyan is perfect since he is a play maker. He can be rotating with Kevin at 7 and also Wakasso at 11. This will just dazzle the Zambians.

    • voluntory c. says:

      it is not pointlesss. we are giving picture to help the coach make sound selection.

      Remember, funs are also coaches, without us soccer will be bhoring. Our views help coaches to see critical options. DO NOT FORGET ACHEAMPONG, HIS SPEED,FLIP PASSES AND AGILITY, AS WEL AS HIS YOUTHFUL PRESENCE.

  33. what´s Up..!!!!!!!!!!!!!! says:

    4-4-2
    kwarasey
    Daniel opare! j. boye! j. mensah! afful !
    rabiu mohammed! michael Essien!
    andre ayew! kp boateng! K. Asamoah
    Gyan,

  34. kuukuphilly says:

    Am not a coach.

    • spellBOUND says:

      haha, i’m pretty sure we know that. you could be Kwesi Appiah disguised as Kuukuphilly, here to get some suggestions on selection to appease all these other “COACHES” posting on this thread. lol

  35. anokwale says:

    First of all…Essien should not start and either should KPB. Here is the line up:
    Goalie: Duada
    RB: Opare LB: Afful
    CH: Boye CH: Mensah
    DM: Rabiu
    LW: Waksso RW: Dede
    OM: KASA
    FW: Otoo FW: Gyan

    I expect plenty of good crosses in to Otoo, Gyan and even KASA with this line up.

  36. GHFUO, BE SERIOUS NOT PRIDEFUL! says:

    WHY IS OTOO IN THIS LINE UP. HE WASNT A SUCCESS AT LOCAL BLACK STAR.HE ONLY IMPRESSED ON THE LOCAL SCENE. HE HASNT EVEN PLAYED 1 CONTINENTAL CL OR CONFED TOUREY IN AFRICA. SO WHY HE A GBSTAR MATERIAL? WHEN AFFUM, ASSIFUAH, YIADOM ARE ALL THERE…

  37. Rodney says:

    4-2-3-1 formation. Kwarasey, Afful(right) opare(left) mensah n boye in d middle. Essian n rabiu in holding position. Dede(right) KPB(mid) k.asamoah(left) and Gyan up front

  38. KUMASI AWAITS says:

    3-2-3-2(3-5-2)
    (GK)DAUDA

    (CD)BOYE (CD)MENSAH (CD)SUMAILA

    (DM)ESSIEN (DM)RABIU

    (RM)K.P. BOATENG (LM)WAKASU(F.A)

    (AM)ASAMOAH(DEDE who willinterchange with KPB)

    (ST)WARRIS(ATSU)

    (CF)GYAN

  39. Eman says:

    Formation:4-2-3-1
    GK:kwarasey
    RB:D.Opare
    LB:Afful
    CB:J.Boye
    CB:J.Mensah
    DM:R.Mohammed
    CM:R.Chibsah
    OM:A.Ayew
    OM:KPB
    AM:K.Asamoah
    CF:A.Gyan
    Essien is out due to lack of playin time but could come in durin d 2nd half

  40. PRINCE WIREDU says:

    1.kwarasey
    2.daniel opare
    3.harrison afful
    4 j boye
    5 j mensah
    6. micheal essien
    7. dede ayew
    8. rabiu mohammed
    9. gyan
    10.kpb
    11. k. asamoah
    11.

  41. carruthers man says:

    Infact, you guys should stop mentioning Adam Kwarasey’s name, b’cos he will definately and surely allow a goal in our net. He in the net will be Zambia trump card.
    Without Kwaras2ey in the net, victory is ours.
    Dauda or Braimah must be in the net. when a goalee have allowed 2 goals in each game, he will surely allow goal #3

  42. Emmanuel says:

    fatau dauda 2 d opare 3 h afful. 4 j. mensah 5 j boye 6. r mohammed 7 a ayew 8 m essien 9. a gyan. 10. k p boateng. 11. k asamoah
    formation 4:3:2;1

  43. juventini says:

    4-4-2
    1. brimah razak
    2. opare
    3. baaba Rahman
    4. mensah Jonathan
    5. boye
    6. chipsa Rahman
    8. boateng kp
    9. kingsly boateng
    10. depay
    11. Edwin gyasi

  44. Anti-Sports Illiterate(rockeySports) says:

    1. Dauda
    2. Opare
    3. Afful
    4. Jonathan
    5. Boye
    6. Rabiu
    7. Ayew
    8. Kasa
    9. Gyan
    10. KPBoat
    11. Wakaso!

    KP and Kojo can interchange and Ayew can also be perfect when he play as 2nd striker!!!

  45. kindy-blitz nana boadu derickson says:

    1.F. Dauda
    2.Afful
    3Kissi. Boateng
    4.Jonathan Mensah
    5.Boye
    6.Rabiu
    7.wakasu
    8.k. Asamoah
    9.Majeed
    10.Gyan
    11.Ayew
    (4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1)
    I was tempted to pick Kelvin for the right wing (no.7) but i remembered he performed poorly there the first time he played in Ghana against Congo. Kwesi Appiah must find a natural and the best right footed player who can cross the ball well to bring balance to the team. I love Asante but he needs competion not Adomah, that guy is fluke

  46. African Consciousness says:

    1. Braimah
    2. Opare
    3. Afful
    4. Mensah
    5. Sumailah
    6. Chibsah
    7. Essien
    8. Acheampong
    9. Prince
    10. Gyan
    11. K. Asamoah

    I will not start Boye because he got burned twice by the Zambians.

    Wakaso is too volitile for this game we need cool heads.

    Any player who get a yellow must make way for another Black Star, we have enough Stars on the bench no sense risking a red card from two yellows.

  47. GHFUO, BE SERIOUS NOT PRIDEFUL! says:

    532
    dauda,
    2. opare
    3. kissi boat
    4awal
    5. mensah
    6 rabiu
    7.kasamoah
    8badu
    9.gyan
    10. dede
    11. acheampong

    afful, boye, essien, kp boat, wakasso must come in the 2nd half or used as subs…

  48. GAWUCHO says:

    1.Razak Berimah
    2.Daniel Opare
    3.Harrison Afful
    4.Jonathan Mensah
    5.J Boye
    6.R.Yusif Chibsah
    7.K P.Boateng
    8.Micheal Essien
    9.Gyan
    10.K.Asamoah
    11.Adre Ayew

  49. Ghost of Sparta says:

    4-2-3-1 Formation.

    ———————–Gyan

    FM Acheampong———KP Boateng———–A Ayew

    ————-A Badu—————M Essien

    H Afful———————————-D Opare

    ———J Boye———–J Mensah

    ————–A L Kwarasey

  50. Eb says:

    4 – 3 – 3 Formation

    1. Dauda
    2. Opare
    3. Afful
    4. Boye
    5. Mensah

    6. Rabiu
    7. Asamoah
    8. Essien

    9. Gyan
    10. Dede
    11. KP Boateng

    or 4 – 2 – 3 – 1

    1. Dauda

    2. Opare
    3. Afful
    4. Boye
    5. Mensah

    6. Rabiu
    8. Essien

    7. Asamoah
    10. Dede
    11. KP Boateng

    9. Gyan

  51. Pesh Cool says:

    I have followed the Zambia National Soccer Team, the guys are talented and quick on the ball and on their day they can upset any team!!!!

    1. Kennedy Mweena (He is just the best in Africa)
    2. Davies Nkausu
    3. Chisamba Lungu
    4. Stophila Sunzu (Very Strong on the ball)
    5. Hichaani Himoonde
    6. Nathan Sinkala
    7. Fwayo Tembo (watch out for this lad, Very talented and Strong)!!!
    8. Rainford Kalaba (The master)
    9. Emmanuel Mayuka
    10. Christopher Katongo (He is Soldier!!)
    11. Jacob Mulenga
    WATCH OUT GHANA!!!

  52. abubakar says:

    The coach should start Kwarasey.
    Braimah nd Dauda haven’t kicked a ball so far in their leagues.
    To talk of calling only active players, are these two goalkeepers active so far? Razak is a goalkeeper of a Spanish second division, has been changing clubs yearly since 2008 or so. Isn’t it this same boy that ran away when Narnia of Abedi went to Germany and went underdog at his family in order to get European citizen?
    Kwarasey should start point blank!



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