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Breaking News: Ghana coach Appiah bows to pressure - names Kwadwo, Baba in starting line up to face Cameroon - Lumor axed

Published on: 29 June 2019
Breaking News: Ghana coach Appiah bows to pressure - names Kwadwo, Baba in starting line up to face Cameroon - Lumor axed
Kwesi Appiah Ghana coach

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has caved in to the criticism of his selection by naming top stars Kwadwo Asamoah and Baba Rahman in his starting line up for Saturday's crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations clash with Cameroon.

But legendary striker Asamoah Gyan remains on the bench along with unimpressice left-back Lumor Agbenyenu on the sidelines.

The selection for Saturday is part of the four changes the coach is making with injuries, poor form and suspension conspiring to lead to the changes.

This comes after intense media and public criticism of players used for the Black Stars opening game four days ago which resulted in the shock 2-2 draw against minnows Benin.

The absence of Inter Milan star Kwadwo Asamoah and Baba Rahman whose positions were taken by less experienced Thomas Agyepong and Lumor drew the loudest criticism. With Agyepong injured the only option was to replace Lumor who received some flak for his performance.

Jonathan Mensah will come in for John Boye who was shown the read card in the previous match against Benin.

Injury means Kwadwo Asamoah will play in the place of Thomas Agyepong on the left wing with while Baba Rahman will play on the left side of the defence ahead of Lumor who was not top in the first form in match.

These changes are part of the strategy by the coach to help him defeat the Indomitable Lions in a crucial match that could  decidethe fate of the Black Stars in the tournament.

Goalkeeper Richard Ofori maintains his starting place with the more experienced Baba Rahman on the left side of the defence in the place of Lumor.

England-based defender Andy Yiadom will play on the right side of defence with Mensah partnering Kasim Nuhu at the heart of the defence.

Mubarak Wakaso and Thomas Partey will continue to play in central midfield while Christian Atsu and Kwadwo Asamoah playing on the right and left wings respectively.

Jordan Ayew will play at the top with his elder brother Andre playing just behind him.

 

 

Full Ghana line up

Richard Ofori Andy Yiadom Baba Rahman Kassim Nuhu Jonathan Mensah Mubarak Wakaso Thomas Partey Andre Ayew Jordan Ayew Christian Atsu Kwadwo Asamoah

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