Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says he is excited by the competition for starting places in his squad ahead of their opening Group B match against DR Congo.
The Black Stars take on the Leopards in Port Elizabeth with uncertainty over his side’s starting eleven at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Under previous coaches the Black Stars starting line-up was predictable but the injection of young and new players in the squad by Appiah has brought competition in the squad.
Appiah says the intense fight for starting places and hardwork by the young players in the squad means he must wait until the last minute to make his starting line-up.
“If I tell you that I know my starting team against DR Congo, I would be telling a lie because the competition for places in the first team has been intense,” Appiah said on Saturday night.
“There is competition everywhere in the team and no player can afford to be complacent as they all have to fight for places.
“We now have young talent who are competing and so anyone who finds himself in the first team has to take his chance.”
Midfielders Christian Atsu, Mubarak Wakaso and Albert Adomah have forced their way into the team since the Black Stars finished fourth at the 2012 tournament in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea.
They performances means the other players who are already established in the squad are uncertain over their starting places in the team.