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Selection headache for Ghana ahead of Cape Verde clash

Posted On Thursday, 31st January 2013
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has been handed a selection headache ahead of the match against Cape Verde following the return of midfielder Mubarak Wakaso.

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah must decide whether to start Christian Atsu ahead of Mubarak Wakaso

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.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. Boba Fett says:

    Don’t change a winning team.

  2. opare says:

    Wakasu and Atsu should start… Adoma should be on the bench…

  3. Troy says:

    All the Depends on how he wants to play. But Wakasso and Rabiu must start.

  4. Viper says:

    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.

  5. Assisi says:

    Keep the same starting 11 that played against Niger.

  6. Dr Who says:

    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.

  7. noticebod.com says:

    Whew! This is real headed. Atsu? Wakasu? Rabiu? Annan? Boakye? Gyan? Hmm

  8. noticebod.com says:

    Whew! This is real headache. Atsu? Wakasu? Rabiu? Annan? Boakye? Gyan? Hmm

  9. anokwale says:

    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.

  10. BRAFII27 says:

    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.

  11. ADJEI Frick says:

    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.

  12. A concerned citizen says:

    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,

  13. starlish says:

    coach pls start with rabiu and wakasu and let atsu come in the second half to change wakusu





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