2019 AFCON qualifier: Kwesi Appiah names starting line-up to face Kenya

2019 AFCON qualifier: Kwesi Appiah names starting line-up to face Kenya

Black Stars coach, Kwesi Appiah, has dropped returnee Kwadwo Asamoah and Levante forward Raphael Dwamena from his starting line-up for Saturday’s 2019 AFCON qualifier against Kenya in Nairobi.

The coach also excluded right-back Harrison Afful from his team in favour of England-based Andy Yiadom for the match at the Kasarani Stadium.

Coach Appiah also pulled a surprise when he named Majeed Waris ahead of in-form Levante attacker Dwamena.

2019 AFCON qualifier: Kwesi Appiah names starting line-up to face Kenya

Black Stars training (Photo credit: Facebook)

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The Black Stars trainer who has observed both players clearly thinks the Nantes goal poacher deserves to start ahead of Dwamena.

The decision looks to have come from the fact that he is deploying just one attacker in anticipation of a big fight in midfield for the ball.

Kwadwo Asamoah's absence has also raised eyebrows but it is clear the coach wants to give the Inter Milan player the chance to observe things from the bench before giving him the chance to play for the country for the first time in four years.

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Maritzburg United goalkeeper Richard Ofori will keep his place between the sticks with Reading defender Andy Yiadom playing at right back while Dan Opare will operate at left back.

Daniel Amartey will be the captain on the day – the Leicester City guardsman will operate in central defends with Udinese player Nicholas Opoku.

Afriyie Acquah is starting in midfield with US-based Ebenezer Ofori and Christian Atsu as well as Edwin Gyasi.

Thomas Partey will play behind striker Abdul Majeed Waris.

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Below is the Black Stars line-up against Kenya:

Richard Ofori, Andy Yiadom, Dan Opare, Nicholas Opoku, Daniel Amartey, Afriyie Acquah, Ebenezer Ofori, Christian Atsu, Edwin Gyasi, Thomas Partey, Majeed Waris.

Subs: Lawrence Ati Harrison Afful Kwadwo Asamoah Isaac Sackey William Owusu Raphael Dwamena Rashid Sumaila.

The Black Stars will be targeting a second consecutive win in Group F after an opening 5-0 win over Ethiopia last year in Kumasi.

On the other hand, the Harambee Stars suffered a 2-1 defeat at Sierra Leone and they will be looking for their first win when they meet Ghana.

Meanwhile, Frank Acheampong has pulled out of today’s game because of an eye problem.

The Tianjin Teda star was granted permission by head coach Kwesi Appiah to leave the team's camp in Nairobi.

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