By Ameenu Shardow, Port Elizabeth
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah is likely to push influential midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah into attack when they face Mali at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations on Thursday.
The Juventus star has been used as a makeshift left-back since the Black Stars started their Group B campaign at the tournament in South Africa.
But with the Black Stars facing a make-or-break match against Mali Appiah has been forced to rethink his strategy of using Asamoah as a defender.
The midfielder has been used by coach Appiah in the midfield since Tuesday when the Black Stars started their serious training for the Mali match.
Asamoah was played just behind striker Asamoah Gyan during the team’s final training session at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on Wednesday night.
This means he is likely to be used in that position when they face the Eagles on Thursday.
Coach Appiah has been desperate to solve the left-back problems of the Black Stars by using Asamoah in that position.
The gamble has proved very useful as he created Ghana’s first goal against DR Congo before scoring the second in the match.
But with the Black Stars lacking creativity in the last quarter of the pitch, coach Appiah is expected to bin his experiment of the Asamoah gamble.
Ghana will all but seal their place in the quarter finals if they manage to defeat the Malians.
Ghana probable starting line-up: Fatau Dauda, John Pantsil, Harrison Afful, Isaac Vorsah, John Boye, Rabiu Mohammed, Albert Adomah, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Asamoah Gyan, Mubarak Wakaso.