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2022 WCQ: Andre Ayew, Issahaku dropped as Milovan Rajevac names Black Stars starting XI against Zimbabwe


Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac has announced the Black Stars starting squad for the matchday four games of the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers against Zimbabwe.

The Black Stars will be hosted at the Zimbabwe National Stadium today at 13:00GMT.

Ghana won the first leg tie 3-1 at the Cape Coast stadium on Saturday to return to winning ways after falling to South Africa in September.

The Serbian coach looks to have axed his captain Andre Ayew because of the obvious groin problems the midfielder has struggled with since he came to camp but managed to play through the pain barrier in Saturday’s match against the same opponent.

The decision to leave out Ayew and Fatawu Issahaku means Baba Iddrisu and Benjamin Tetteh will get the chance to start the crucial match in Harare.

Under-fire Jordan Ayew will keep his place in the starting lineup as the lone striker as Rajevac is confident over the overall contribution of the Crystal Palace striker to the Black Stars team.

The decision to start Iddrisu means Arsenal superstar Thomas Partey will start in an advanced attacking position.

Impressive goalkeeper Jojo Wollacott will get the chance to start the match with the England-based duo of Daniel Amartey.

Baba Rahman maintains their right and left-back positions respectively.

Alexander Djiku and Jonathan Mensah will keep their partnership in the centre of the defence while Iddrisu and Partey will form a solid central midfield partnership.

Jordan Ayew and teenage prodigy Kamaldeen Sulemana will be switching positions on the right and left wings of the Black Stars attack while playmaker Mohammed Kudus will play just behind striker Benjamin Tetteh.

Below is Ghana line up to face Zimbabwe

  • Jojo Wallocott (GK)
  • Baba Rahman
  • Alexander Djiku
  • Daniel Amartey
  • Jonathan Mensah
  • Baba Iddrisu
  • Thomas Partey (C)
  • Benjamin Tetteh
  • Kudus Mohammed
  • Kamaldeen Sulemana
  • Jordan Ayew
Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah

Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah

Sports Journalist

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