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Breaking News: Four dropped from Ghana's starting line-up to face Egypt - Yiadom, Mensah, Tetteh start

Published on: 25 January 2017
Breaking News: Four dropped from Ghana's starting line-up to face Egypt - Yiadom, Mensah, Tetteh start
Black Stars will play for victory against Egypt this evening

Ghana coach Avram Grant has named a totally unrecognizable starting line-up to face Egypt this evening, handing four players Jonathan Mensah, Agyemang Badu, Andy Yiadom and Samuel Tetteh their first starts of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

The Israeli coach rested four players who played key roles in the Black Stars perfect start with Jordan Ayew, Frank Acheampong, Thomas Partey and Wakaso Mubarak all dropped to the bench.

The former Chelsea boss also switched position for hardworking defender Harrison Afful who will play at the left-back instead of his original right-back position.

This means Afful takes Acheampong's position at the left back while England-based Yiadom takes the position of Afful at the left-back with goalkeeper Razak Brimah keeping his place.

Mensah, who was the first choice before Amartey took over at the start of this competition, will now get the chance to play along John Boye at the heart of the defence as the Leicester City ace is rested.

Enterprising and hardworking Daniel Amartey will play in midfield and so will talented Christian Atsu keep his place on the right wing.

Badu will partner Andre Ayew behind lone striker Asamoah Gyan as the Black Stars adopt a cautious approach of taking control of the midfielder.

Ayew's position on the left wing will be occupied by another youngster Samuel Tetteh as the Black Stars seek to finish the group with a win.

A draw in Port Gentil on Wednesday would be enough to see already qualified Ghana finish top of Group D and set up a quarter-final meeting with Morocco.

Egypt need to win or at least draw against Ghana as they are second in group D with four points, two behind Ghana who ensured their place in the last eight after a narrow 1-0 victory over Mali earlier on Saturday.

Egypt's loss would be a great present for Mali who need to win against Uganda to collect four points.

The runners-up in Group D will play the Democratic Republic of Congo in the quarter-final on Sunday.

Ghana's starting line-up:

Razak Brimah, Andy Yiadom, Harrison Afful, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Daniel  Amartey, Christian Atsu, Agyemang Badu, Asamoah Gyan, Andre Ayew and Samuel Tetteh.

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