Key players; Anthony Annan and Isaac Vorsah have dropped out of Ghana’s starting line up to face DR Congo on Sunday.
The two influential players will start from the bench despite recovering from injuries in the opening Group B game at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
It appears coach Akwasi Appiah has opted for only 100 percent fit players for the expected crunch game against the Leopards.
First choice goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey is also a major casualty as he loses out to locally-based Fatau Dauda for the game in Port Elizabeth.
The Stromsgodset shot-stopper’s several mistakes in the post for Ghana seems to have cost him is no.1 position to the more assured AshantiGold goalkeeper who is yet to concede an international goal.
Experienced John Paintsil fills-in in his regular right-back position with Kwadwo Asamoah doing same on the other defensive flank for the Black Stars.
The central defensive pair of John Boye and Jerry Akaminko will be relived from their Heart of Lions days with Derek Boateng sitting right in front of them to provide cover.
Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu will be the anchor man in midfield and will be flanked by Mubarak Wakaso and Albert Adomah.
Christian Atsu is expected to provide the vital assists for lone striker Asamoah Gyan.
Ghana’s starting line up:
Fatau Dauda – John Paintsil, John Boye, Jerry Akaminko, Kwadwo Asamoah – Derek Boateng, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Mubarak Wakaso, Albert Adomah, Christian Atsu – Asamoah Gyan.