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Vorsah in Ghana starting line-up to face Mali - Akaminko, Atsu axed

Published on: 24 January 2013

Ghana have named their strongest starting line-up to face Mali on Thursday with Isaac Vorsah, Rabiu Mohammed and Harrison Afful returning to face the Eagles while Kwadwo Asamoah will play in midfield.

Influential midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah has been returned to his favourite playmaker role as coach Kwesi Appiah attempts to spark his midfield into action in the competition in South Africa.

The Black Stars coach axed Jerry Akaminko, Derek Boateng and Christian Atsu from his starting line-up that played in their opening 2-2 draw against DR Congo in the Group B match in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

The injection of fresh blood into the starting line-up means the Black Stars will be attacking- oriented as compared to the cautious approach they adopted in the match against DR Congo.

Goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey will remain on the bench as home-based shot-stopper Fatau Dauda, who excelled in the match against the DR Congo, will continue in the position.

Experienced right-back John Paintsil will maintain his regular right-back position with Harrison Afful taking the place of Kwadwo Asamoah at left back.

The Juventus star will now get the chance to play just behind striker Asamoah Gyan as coach Appiah adds some more creativity in the Ghana attack.

Even though Asamoah excelled in the left-back position, it was thought that Christian Atsu and Mubarak Wakaso struggled to create opportunities for striker Gyan during the match against DR Congo.

Vorsah, who has recovered from a thigh injury, takes the place of Akaminko as the heart of the Ghana defence to partner John Boye who has been impressive.

Akaminko pays the price for his jittery performance against the DR Congo and has been blamed by many for pulling down the Congolese attacker Dieumerci Mbokani in the penalty box which allowed them to equalise.

With Antnony Annan showing fews signs of recovery, Rabiu Mohammed takes the place of Derek Boateng at the heart of the Ghana midfield with a tough battle expected in that part of the field where Mali are greatly endowed.

Mohammed will partner Emmanuel Agyemang Badu in that position as they seek to undo star midfielder Seydou Keita and Mohammed Sissoko, who are both world-class performers.

Speedster Albert Adomah will get another chance at the right wing and he is expected ot provide the crosses for striker Asamoah Gyan as well as acting as the ghost striker.

Mubraka Wakaso will take the place of Chrsitian Atsu on the left wing with the latter expected to provide more assistance to left back Afful as well as joining Rabiu and Badu in the mdifield battle against the Malians.

Gyan will remain the lone striker upfront with Kwadwo Asamoah playing playing just behind the Al Ain goal-poacher.

Ghana 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.

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Comments

  • May his peace prevails says:
    January 24, 2013 11:52 am
    This is what we've got! I shall throw my support behind you.
  • Words says:
    January 24, 2013 11:56 am
    Let's hope for da best. Good luck boys
  • Silas Gyau says:
    January 24, 2013 12:11 pm
    Good luck to the stars. Any links to the live match?
  • Viper says:
    January 24, 2013 12:15 pm
    Just scroll up and click on the link 'watch live matches'
  • Big mouth says:
    January 24, 2013 12:17 pm
    Well, good luck boys. I hope JP gets a good game to aid Ghana's course. Go Ghana!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Yello says:
    January 24, 2013 12:17 pm
    here is a link: http://www.thefirstrow.eu/
  • Yello says:
    January 24, 2013 12:18 pm
    http://www.thefirstrow.eu/
  • josimar kwesi says:
    January 24, 2013 12:22 pm
    Wat T?????h?????e????? hell is paintsil A?????n? Adomai still doing in our starting lineup,hmmm I see danger oo!christian Atsu ond bench one of our best midfielders,our coach Appia is confused A?????n? a fool!I tip Mali to overun us again 2-1,its after ds game dat W??????????? wud realise W??????????? ve Gat no team jst names,droppin T?????h?????e????? talented Ayew brothers was a huge joke,players for today A?????n? for future,Afful is another minus one, keita A?????n? returning frm injury guy Modibo maiga wud a kill joy for Ghana, he so deadly ind air A?????n? ond ground.Ghana wud surely bit T?????h?????e????? dust 2day due poor selection A?????n? our incompetent A?????n? inept coach Appiah,if W??????????? manage to. Pick up a draw W??????????? go gv »?·???·??????????????????????k?????????????·???·???«???? giving in church. Josi kwesi says so via Nokia 3210 ,long live Ghana
  • yopoo says:
    January 24, 2013 12:23 pm
    Where is Annan again? Mr coach you will for not starting with Annan and Kwarasey again.
  • kwame pito says:
    January 24, 2013 12:38 pm
    good squad. CRITICS please you should be silent because the MALI COACH IS currently READING THIS SITE.
  • kuuku philly says:
    January 24, 2013 12:38 pm
    Yopoo,Annan is injured..
  • Flezy says:
    January 24, 2013 12:43 pm
    well, that's formidable xi, Go Ghana Go Black Stars
  • NaijaBull says:
    January 24, 2013 12:43 pm
    Ghana is not going any where. You people will be crying after this loss. You guys just need to start praying. Mali 4 Ghana 1. I rest my case. Na advice ooo! I don't think there is anybody that can stop Keita's left foot.Essien is not there. Abi?
  • asensoh says:
    January 24, 2013 12:44 pm
    GOOD LUCK TO THE BOYS. LET'S ALL SUPPORT THEM TO EXCEL. I BELIEVE ATSU WILL DO BETTER IF HE REPLACES ADOMAH IN THE COURSE OF THE GAME ON THE RIGHT FLANK.
  • NaijaBull says:
    January 24, 2013 12:48 pm
    Hey Site administrator post my comments now, what moderation are you doing?
  • Troy says:
    January 24, 2013 12:52 pm
    Can we get another link please? Mobile friendly
  • Troy says:
    January 24, 2013 12:53 pm
    Can we get another link please? Mobile friendly.
  • Faisal says:
    January 24, 2013 12:57 pm
    It does not matter who the coach selects, becos its not about the team he puts out there, but the mere fact that he is tactically bankrupt. The silver lining for Ghana is that Kwesi Appiah will be sacked after the tournament otherwise more trouble ahead cos he will not be able to qualify Ghana to the world cup.
  • 2yung says:
    January 24, 2013 01:14 pm
    Where is Atsu
  • freshboi says:
    January 24, 2013 01:16 pm
    espn3.com
  • JKQ says:
    January 24, 2013 01:17 pm
    Ow dear, K Asamoah has had two years to play in that position behind the striker and it didnt work. He was doing fine at left back. If they want him in midfield, play him at the playmaking DM position he played next to Annan at the Nations cup 2010 when we got to the final. Either way, I back whatever the coach does. God bless our homeland Ghana!
  • Johnny says:
    January 24, 2013 01:36 pm
    "Even though Asamoah excelled in the left-back position, it was thought that Christian Atsu and Mubarak Wakaso struggled to create opportunities for striker Gyan during the match against DR Congo" Opportunities were created for him; he just squandered them. "Mubraka Wakaso will take the place of Chrsitian Atsu on the left wing with the latter expected to provide more assistance to left back Afful as well as joining Rabiu and Badu in the mdifield battle against the Malians." LOL!! GSN, did you not just write that Atsu is not in the squad?
  • Benjamin says:
    January 24, 2013 01:45 pm
    Lol! ghanaians re still relyin on gyan.hmm, where re the other strikers cos gyan performed abysmally in the last game against drc.
  • Nana, USA says:
    January 24, 2013 01:48 pm
    go to www.wiziwig.com/streams. then click football. u can watch all the live matches. back to the match, ghana will win by 2-1.
  • knee says:
    January 24, 2013 01:49 pm
    who will u prefer he starts with
  • knee says:
    January 24, 2013 01:53 pm
    erm essien has not been around for a long time we still went to 2010 and almost got to the semis so whats ur point erm where has keita taking mali lately in the world sef oya find hole and enter and stop disturbing
  • knee says:
    January 24, 2013 01:55 pm
    please tell me where the tactical bankruptcy is exactly. please please tell us or just keep quiet.
  • access says:
    January 24, 2013 01:58 pm
    Ghana black stars will deliver in syle.Ghana is going to attack and there will be goals.
  • Bemol says:
    January 24, 2013 02:14 pm
    Our problem is GYAN drop him period. For those of u glamorin 4 keita sorry but we shall witness d outcome.
  • Livingston says:
    January 24, 2013 02:23 pm
    Ghana will win,enemies will cry.
  • bbc says:
    January 24, 2013 02:49 pm
    hahasport.com