2023 AFCON Qualifiers: How Ghana could lineup against Central African Republic

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Ghana will take on Central African Republic in the final Group E game of the 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.

The Black Stars will head into the game needing at least a draw to secure qualification to the AFCON to be played in Ivory Coast in January and February next year. However, they’ll have to so without the services of a number of key players.

Thomas Partey, Daniel Amartey, Kamal Deen Sulemana, Joseph Wolacott, Majeed Ashimeru, Mohammed Salisu and Benjamin Tetteh have been ruled out due to injuries.

Joseph Paintsil honored a call-up but pulled out due to an injury. The Genk forward has been replaced in the team by Abdul Fatawu Issahaku who’s currently on loan at Leicester City from Sporting Lisbon.

Despite the injuries, Head Coach, Chris Hughton has a good team to choose from.

How Ghana could lineup:

Goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi who has been first choice since the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is expected to start in goal.

Alidu Seidu is expected to start at right back, while Baba Rahman comes in left back, making his first start since at the World Cup against Uruguay. Joseph Aidoo and Alexander Djiku are expected to be paired in defense.

In midfield, Salis Abdul Samed and Baba Iddrisu are expected to sit in front of the defense. Jordan Ayew and Osman Bukari are expected to occupy either flank, while Mohammed Kudus and Inaki Williams occupy the number 10 and 9 positions respectively.

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