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Wakaso returns in Ghana's starting line-up to face Burkina, Adomah dropped

Published on: 06 February 2013

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah will name midfielder Mubarak Wakaso in his starting line-up to face Burkina Faso today while winger Albert Adomah will be dropped to the bench, has observed.

The coach of the Black Stars will continue to tinker with his starting team in the semi-final of the Africa Cup of Nations in Nelspruit on Wednesday. made this selection observation during Ghana’s final training session in Nelspruit on Tuesday night as the Black Stars tried their tactics for the clash with the Burkinabe.

The second-half heroics of Wakaso in Ghana’s previous game against Cape Verde has helped Wakaso force his way back into the starting line-up of the Black Stars.

The Espanyol midfielder was benched in their previous match against Cape Verde because he had only just recovered from a knee injury.

But Wakaso came on as a second-half substitute to score two goals to seal Ghana’s place in the last four of Africa’s flagship football competition.

His place in the starting line-up was taken by youngster Christian Atsu who was named man-of-the-match in their second Group B against Niger.

With Wakaso hitting his full fitness level ahead of the clash against the hard-tackling Burkinabes, coach Appiah is expected to return him to the starting line-up to help in the midfield dogfight.

With Atsu also impressing since taking the place of Wakaso it is expected that Albert Adomah, who plays on the right wing, will make way for the Black Stars’ leading scorer in the tournament so far.

Ghana will rely on the dexterity of Kwadwo Asamoah to unlock the tough defence of the Stallions with the Juventus star playing just behind lone striker Asamoah Gyan.

Emmanuel Agyemang Badu will partner youngster Rabiu Mohammed to provide the steel in midfield.

The defensive set up is expected to remain unchanged as they have not conceded any goal since the 2-2 draw against DR Congo in their opening Group B match.

Towering Isaac Vorsah and John Boye will stay at the heart of the central defence to provide cover for impressive goalkeeper Fatau Dauda.

John Paintsil and Harrison Afful will play at the right back and left back respectively and they must be in their best form to stop the Burkinabe star man Jonathan Pitriopa, who plays in all positions from the midfield to attack.

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

Ghana probable line-up against Burkina Faso:

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

What do you think of this starting line-up to face Burkina Faso today? Make your views known in the box below:


  • Mayor-inno. says:
    February 06, 2013 07:33 am
    Kwodjo asamoah should go to the left wing and provide cover for afful against the danger man j. Patriopa, and put wakasu behind the striker. Pls i love gh. Dont break our hrt bb jet.
  • bawah says:
    February 06, 2013 07:41 am
    this is a killer team
  • real sabacious says:
    February 06, 2013 07:47 am
    @maclicking good one there! Honestly speaking I wasn't expect the team to reach this far , mainly bcos we've too much average players in the team.with the exception of k.asamoah(though he's not having a good tournament) all our players are 5/10-4/10 players.I hope the luck we've been enjoying will take us to the finals
  • Joburg says:
    February 06, 2013 05:41 am
    Time to start buying handkerchiefs.
  • Union Leader says:
    February 06, 2013 05:50 am
    S. Asante must start this game for Ghana. Again,am not too comfortable with Paintsil. However,I trust the Stars will come up top at the end. Please Black Stars the whole of Ghana need this. Now go get 'em !Go Black Stars,Go!!!
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    February 06, 2013 06:13 am
  • eb says:
    February 06, 2013 06:19 am
    do we have to always play with one on top?
  • maygo says:
    February 06, 2013 06:42 am
    what is kwadwo asamoah still doing in this match? if someone shd b drop it must b him not adomah, atsu must move to kwadwo asamoah position, behind gyen,wakaso to the left, adomah must start this game, if he shd b drop i don't think it shd b this match.
  • Bengin says:
    February 06, 2013 06:48 am
    Awaal mohammed shd b given de chance he is de best defender in de team n Gyan shd pave way 4 boakye-yiadom while JP shd b talk very well or drop .......go black stars go.......all de best stars
  • Shotto says:
    February 06, 2013 06:55 am
    more VIM.
  • MackLicking says:
    February 06, 2013 07:03 am
    Hmm As?m b?ba dabi. Ghana should watch out in today’s match. Because we have been losing our entire 5th match starting from 2008 when playing a tournament. In AFCON 2008 hosted by Ghana, we were trash by one (1) goal to nil by Cameron. (07/02/2008) That was our 5th match. In AFCON 2010 hosted by Angola we lost to Egypt by one (1) goal to nil in the final after Togo were pulled out in the group stage. (31/01/2010) That was our 5th match. In South Africa 2010 World Cup we lost to Uruguay on penalties. That was our 5th match. (02/07/2010). Just last year in Equatorial Guinea/ Gabon we lost to Zambia by one (1) goal to nil. That was our 5th match of the tournament. (08/02/12). We have lost four (4) continues tournament and today is the 5th time in our 5th game. As we are looking forward for our 5th Nation Cup trophy. Are we going to stop this history or history is going to repeat itself..???? Hmm we are behind you BLACK STARS. GO BLACK STARS GO.... Compiled by Donny MacLicking>>>>+233241659194 for more details on history..Text don;t call
  • Big mouth says:
    February 06, 2013 07:50 am
    We need to go into this game with two strikers. I mean we should be playing two on top. what is Boakye Yiadom doing out there? Gyan will be out marked and neutralized and the battle will be in midfield, therefore the need to introduce a second partnering striker. The best in KASA can actually be seen on the left of midfield while wakasso will just be too fine playing behind Gyan considering his aggressiveness. You need not have a UEFA License A cert'. to see all these. All the same, i hope we ride on the stroke of luck again into the finals proper. Good Luck boys!!!!
  • Rony nkrumah says:
    February 06, 2013 07:50 am
    I think asamoah gyan shd be benched for a trial with clottey or adoma
  • ogbonanah says:
    February 06, 2013 07:54 am
    Solomon Asante must start.Kwesi Appiah let asante start this game oo...yooooo...
  • Bemol says:
    February 06, 2013 08:01 am
    Gyan shld be bench. Kwadwo left back.
  • just shall live by faith says:
    February 06, 2013 08:03 am
    @Maclicking, the just shall surely live by faith and hopefully & gracefully today, the jinx will be broken.Like i saw in my dreams, it was a finals between Ghana & Nigeria. Surely Nigeria in my dreams also mauled Mali so just watch my predictions will surely come to pass today in JESUS NAME.
  • texas says:
    February 06, 2013 08:22 am
    Can you guys have some faith oh ye men of no faith! All you can do now is to pray for the players and encourage them to fight till the end. All the best BS! Go for the kill.
  • KK says:
    February 06, 2013 08:24 am
    This team can beat Barcelona
  • D.K.Bonpha says:
    February 06, 2013 08:28 am
    Fantastic line up,Ghana will win by 2goals to nil.GO BLACKSTARS GO FOR GOLD
  • Dr Who says:
    February 06, 2013 08:40 am
    Our secret weapon will be Asante & Adomah in the 2nd half who will bring pace down the flanks on tired Burkina legs.
  • Nii Nii says:
    February 06, 2013 08:43 am
    Sometimes I just read people's comments to have a good laugh, especially Maygo and Bengin. Hahahaaahahahahahaa. You talk as if you're in camp with the players, and training with them as well. Meanwhile u just watch them play on TV only during matches. ALLOW THE COACH TO DO HIS WORK.
  • theprince says:
    February 06, 2013 08:48 am
    We don't have anything to offer let leave it to almighty god he knows better
  • onevim says:
    February 06, 2013 08:54 am
    collect selection,why afraid? Burkina no dey play any gud football dan us ma brothers,we are going crash them out because we are not their size....
  • Chamz says:
    February 06, 2013 08:55 am
    History will repeat it self. Bfaso is settled and have played 4 games on the bad pitch. Just like last year, Ghana will choke again. Bfaso 1. Ghana-0. Nothing against Ghana pure fact. Mali 2-Nigeria 1.
  • Faisal says:
    February 06, 2013 09:59 am
    All Burkina Faso have to do is let Pitriopa play on their left wing and run at John Painstil and they will win this match easily, cos Paintsil will back peddle the moment his opponent give a go at him and we saw that against DR Congo..I still believe Asante should start this game. In as much as I want Ghana to win this game, I don't see that happening.
  • concern says:
    February 06, 2013 10:01 am
    Painstil and Afful are the most unproductive players in the team...I wish and pray we get better pairing of players to suit the position..
  • wambachi says:
    February 06, 2013 10:11 am
    These uncircumcised dark stars will see red this evening as the stallions will use rocky mbombela stadium as their homeground not to record loss. Appiah brace yourself for a definite exit as it is guaranteed that the burkinabe will this even tie your dark stars together, shake them well, and hit them to the ground, while they walk out of the pitch sobbing like little boys. If u have never seen gyan wail, this is the moment. stay glued to your big screen til 90mins to witness what stupid Ghanain claim has never happened. Go stallions Go, the entire continent is behind you. Ghanaian Neighbours, Ivorian Coast full of bragging, packed their bags a couple of days ago, assist them to follow suit this evening.Teach them a good lesson so that they get to know that football is spherical and can roll in any direction. Pwa hah ha hahahahahaha kekekekekeke
  • Edward says:
    February 06, 2013 10:27 am
    What is Agyemang Badu doing in the starting line up? Asamoah Gyan should step up his performance. He has been very slow on the ball, especially in the match against Cape Verde. How come Ghana recorded no shot on target in the entire first half of the Cape Verde match?? Kwadwo Asamoah has played averagely too. Isaac Vorsah should not put up the same performance he did against Cape Verde. He should be that giant-stopper at the back as he did against Mali in the group match. Burkina Faso will be a tough opponent, so the players should take their chances. Go Ghana.
  • Fabregas 4 live says:
    February 06, 2013 10:30 am
    For me i think this is the perfect squard to face the burkinabe's and for that matter we are going to win by 2 goals to nothing.
  • Asamoah Gyan says:
    February 06, 2013 10:56 am
    exactly,you r right i need a strike partner
  • Asamoah Gyan says:
    February 06, 2013 11:05 am
    players do nt win tournaments ,u need team wrk. BS is just doing fine
  • African Consciousness says:
    February 06, 2013 11:14 am
    This is a safe comfortable line up, it is a very conservative line up it is a line up that says I want to be careful and not take any chances. The only changes I would make to this line up is to bring in a couple of fresh legs. Rest Paintsil and bring in Akaminko. If Paintsil stays defensive and does not make runs up to attack then he is fine in the back. On this sandy pitch I say Paintsil stay back and let the midfield do their job. Just give short passes to the midfield and stay goal-side of your man. The Coach has lost faith in Akaminko because of that lone PK against DR Congo which was not his fault. I would also rest Agyeman Badu and bring in Annan. Having said that the squad is very competitive and they know each other so let's give them, the Coach and Technical Staff the benefit of the doubt. Any combination of Black Stars will bet Burkina Faso. They are minnows who have over-achieved up to this point, rank 92 while Ghana enjoys the rank of 26. I say Ghana Black Stars should prove their quality on the pitch and dispatch the Stallions.
  • bb aka says:
    February 06, 2013 11:15 am
    Ghana will win this match by 4:0 so go learn how spell before writting your stupid comments. Guess you are just an old jealous, stupid mother fucker so go suck your mama BITCH ASS HOLE.
  • African Consciousness says:
    February 06, 2013 11:22 am
    Or if Rabiu gets another yellow early I would pull him and bring in Annan, because then Rabiu is a lame duck and would not even be playing in the finals. As a matter of fact any play that gets a second yellow should be relegated to the bench because they could potentially get a red card reducing the team to 10 men a recipe for disaster so any second yellow should be a red flag that should signal the Coaches to sub the player and bring on his replacement.
  • African Consciousness says:
    February 06, 2013 11:24 am
    Beat Burkina Faso!
  • Master k says:
    February 06, 2013 11:39 am
    Adomah should start. We need his pace and strength infront of panstil. But hmm the coach knows what he is doing. Good luck ghana.
  • Anakin says:
    February 06, 2013 12:18 pm
    i think Asamoah gyan hs become dull int the previous matches played and for that matter the captain band should be given ti another player
  • ALLAN says:
    February 06, 2013 12:33 pm
  • Ijahman says:
    February 06, 2013 01:20 pm
    This is the World cup squad. 2014 here we come. 1. Fatau Dauda (Adam Kwarasey,Daniel Agyei) 2. Daniel Opare, (John Paintsil) 3. Kojo Asamoah (Afful Harrison) 4. Michael Essien (Isaac Vorsah) 5. John Mensah (John Boye) 6. Emma Frimpong (Anthony Anan) 7. Christian Atsu (Asante) 8. Agyeman Badu (Derrek Boateng ) 9. Asamoah Gyan (Jordan Ayew, Boakye Yiadom) 10. Dede Ayew 11. Sulley Muntari (Wakaso Mubarak)
  • shatta wale says:
    February 06, 2013 01:28 pm
  • Killer says:
    February 06, 2013 01:37 pm
    SO AA can't bench Pantsil? this dude position is too weak men! AA should stop what we called senior players and put up a better squard, he even can't change Gyan if he is tired bcos he is senior player