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Selection headache for Ghana ahead of Cape Verde clash

Published on: 31 January 2013

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has been handed a selection headache ahead of the match against Cape Verde following the return of midfielders Mubarak Wakaso and Anthony Annan.

The Black Stars take on the Blue Sharks in the quarter-final of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Wakaso, who was instrumental in the goals the Black Stars scored in their opening two matches at the group stage of the competition, was suspended for their last match against Niger.

Annan looks to have recovered from an ankle injury after missing the group matches against Mali and Niger.

In Wakaso's absence as the team's left winger, youngster Christian Atsu stepped up to the plate and excelled leading to the 3-0 victory over Niger.

The Portugal-based youngster won the man-of-the-match award and scored the second goal leading to the emphatic Group B win.

Wakaso returns after serving the one-match ban and recovering from a knee injury, while Rabiu Mohammed has excelled in Annan's position.

The Ghana coach must now decide which of the four players must start against Cape Verde as they fight for a place in the last four.

"I must see how the players perform in training before I take any decision," Appiah said when asked about the selection headache.

"It is always good for the team when all your players are performing at the level you expect them. A decision has to be taken in the interest of the team."

Wakaso was been involved in two of Ghana opening three goals at the tournament, scoring one and setting up another.

He was suspended from the final group match against Niger because of his accumulation of yellow cards.


  • Boba Fett says:
    January 31, 2013 06:41 am
    Don't change a winning team.
  • opare says:
    January 31, 2013 08:17 am
    Wakasu and Atsu should start... Adoma should be on the bench...
  • Troy says:
    January 31, 2013 08:19 am
    All the Depends on how he wants to play. But Wakasso and Rabiu must start.
  • pk says:
    January 31, 2013 08:57 am
    I thought as much.
  • Viper says:
    January 31, 2013 09:28 am
    There is no point changing a winning team,would definitely stick with Rabiu instead of Annan, maybe bring Atsu in from the bench and start with Wakaso.
  • Assisi says:
    January 31, 2013 09:40 am
    Keep the same starting 11 that played against Niger.
  • Dr Who says:
    January 31, 2013 09:59 am
    Due to the physical play of cape verde,I think Wakaso & Rabiu should start while Atsu & Annan starts from the bench.Cape verde are used to playing aerial balls so Rabiu should be chosen due to his height.We have to preserve Atsu well for tough battles ahead.
  • says:
    January 31, 2013 10:19 am
    Whew! This is real headed. Atsu? Wakasu? Rabiu? Annan? Boakye? Gyan? Hmm
  • says:
    January 31, 2013 10:19 am
    Whew! This is real headache. Atsu? Wakasu? Rabiu? Annan? Boakye? Gyan? Hmm
  • anokwale says:
    January 31, 2013 10:22 am
    I say keep the same line up. Annan, Wakasso and Clottey can come in as substitutes between 60 and 75 minutes. Keep the chemistry so we can score early.
  • BRAFII27 says:
    January 31, 2013 10:47 am
    jus wondering a black star team of fatau essien,boye,vorsah,kissi boateng, badu agyeman,kp boateng,asamoah kojo,ayew, boakye yiadom,j ayew dis team will b very hard to be beat.
  • BRAFII27 says:
    January 31, 2013 11:00 am
    With substitute wakasu,atsu,jonathan mensah,inkoom(I BLIV WILL com gud),warris,afriyie acquah,rabiu,gyan,D.AGYEI, kwarasey,akaminko,muntari.
  • ADJEI Frick says:
    January 31, 2013 11:40 am
    RED is our best colour,Lets maintain it.It is full of luck,The Blue Shark we see today,we shall see them no more.
  • kantoose says:
    January 31, 2013 12:09 pm
    are u serious? Adomah the natural right winger on the bench?
  • kantoose says:
    January 31, 2013 12:11 pm
    Good analysis with the aerial ball comment.
  • kantoose says:
    January 31, 2013 12:14 pm
    stop putting your faith in inanimate objects. It is sinful. We will not listen to you. GO BSTARS.
    January 31, 2013 03:16 pm
  • wood says:
    January 31, 2013 03:34 pm
    You people are not current. We're is Essen again
  • A concerned citizen says:
    January 31, 2013 04:36 pm
    We don't change a winning team...1Dauda 2,Paintsil 3 Harrison 4vORSAH 5.bOYE 6.Wakaso/Annan7.Adomah 8.Badu 9.Gyan 10,Asamoah, 11 Atsu Reserves, Boakye Yiadom, Derek, Asante,
  • starlish says:
    January 31, 2013 08:25 pm
    coach pls start with rabiu and wakasu and let atsu come in the second half to change wakusu