Ghana commences its campaign for the 2019 African Cup of Nations this evening playing against their West African Neighbor, Benin at the Ismailia.
Coach Kwesi Appah named his line up nine hours before kickoff as the Black Stars will be seeking to start this year’s tournament on a good note.
The Coach despite using a 4-4-2 formation for the qualifiers will be relying on a 4-2-3-1 formation for this first game of the tournament.
A system he tried in Black Stars last pre-tournament friendly against South Africa which ended 0-0 which saw some impressive performances from Benedict Owusu and the likes, though it ended in a goalless draw.
Making their debuts in the Africa Cup of Nations will be Lumor Agbeyenu, KasimNuhu and Thomas Agyepong.
A shocking omission of the general captain and the vice-captain Asamoah Gyan (Kayserispor) and Kwadwo Asamoah;The Inter Milan star who was reportedly Ghana’s best player in two pre-tournament friendlies.
Maritzburg goalkeeper Richard Ofori is the first choice to start in goal.
Harrison Affulis out of the squad due to injury, Reading defender Andy Yiadom starts right back with Lumor Agbeyenu starting ahead of Baba Rahman.
Metz defender John Boye will partner German-based Kassim Nuhu with Mubarak Wakaso and Partey shielding the back four.
Atsu will play from his favorite right flank and Thomas Agyepong will be on duty on the opposite flank.
Skipper Andre Ayew will play behind his brother Jordan Ayew.
Ghana’s starting XI vrs Benin:
Richard Ofori- Andy Yiadom, LumorAgbeyenu, John Boye, KasimNuhu- Mubarak Wakaso, Thomas Partey, Thomas Agyepong, Christian Atsu, Andre Ayew, Jordan Ayew.
Story by: Ohene Antwi|Univers Sports|universnewsroom.com