Posted On Sunday, 5th February 2012
Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic has sprung a massive shock by dropping Isaac Vorsah and John Paintsil from his starting line-up to face Tunisia in the quarter-final of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday.
In the most radical shake-up to his starting line-ups since taking over last year, the Serbian drops deputy captain Paintsil who had the right-back position on lock for several years.
Captain John Mensah who suffered a thigh injury in the Black Stars’ opening game at the competition returns to the starting team.
Sulley Muntari who was benched in their previous game against Guinea also returns to face the Carthage Eagles.
Anthony Annan is maintained in the defensive midfield position despite even though he is mourning following the death of his mother.
Goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey who had been struggling with a right-knee injury has recovered and has been retained as the first choice keeper.
This means for the first time since the competition started Paintsil, who has struggled at the right-back, will make way for Samuel Inkoom to play in that position.
The central defence will be manned by John Mensah and impressive John Boye while the Inkoom and Masahudu Alhassan will be used as the right and left-backs respectively.
Annan will partner the impressive Emmanuel Agymemang Badu in midfield with Andre Ayew playing as the right winger with Muntari on the left.
Asamoah Gyan is maintained as the lead striker with Kwadwo Asamoah playing just behind the Al Ain attacker.
Ghana are seeking to reach the semi -finals of the competition where they will meet Zambia if they manage to beat the North Africans in Franceville.
Ghana starting line-up
Adam Kwarasey, Samuel Inkoom, Masahudu Alhassan, John Boye, John Mensah, Anthony Annan, Andre Ayew, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Asamoah Gyan Kwadwo Asamoah, Sulley Muntari.
What do you think about the squad? Do you think the dropping of Pantsil is good? Do you think Muntari will help? Do you think Mensah is the right person is replace Vorsah?