Ghana coach to ring changes to face Niger
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah will make at least one change to his starting line-up when they play Niger in their decisive 2013 Africa Cup of Nations clash on Monday.
Influential midfielder Mubarak Wakaso who has been key for the Black Stars will not available for the match in Port Elizabeth.
Spain-based Wakaso misses the game as he is serving a one-match ban after picking up his second booking of the tournament for his goal celebration against Mali.
The Espanyol would have missed the match against Niger even if he was not suspended because he is nursing a knee injury he suffered in the match against Mali.
This means coach Appiah must find a replacement for the hard-tackling midfielder who has been key in the opening two matches for the Black Stars.
Winger Christian Atsu is likely to be called in to replace Wakaso at the left wing position with the several other players set to maintain their positions from the last game against Mali.
Ghana must beat Niger to finish top of Group B and stay in Port Elizabeth for the quarter-finals.
Niger could still qualify if they win, however if they do and Mali draw with DR Congo then it would come down to a mini-table within the table.
Ghana’s probable line-up: Fatau Dauda, John Paintsil, Harrison Afful, John Boye, Isaac Vorsah, Rabiu Mohammed, Albert Adomah, Agyemang Badu, Asamoah Gyan, Christian Atsu, Kwadwo Asamoah.