Ghana coach Akonnor to name strongest side to face Ivory Coast

Published on: 11 June 2021

Ghana coach Charles Kwablan Akonnor is expected to name strongest side when they face Ivory Coast at the Cape Coast stadium on Saturday in an international friendly.

The Black Stars team arrived in Ghana on Wednesday after the friendly defeat to Morocco on Tuesday.

Despite the impressive showing by the team which lacked several first team players including vice-captain Thomas Partey and Brentford winger Tariq Fosu, C.K Akonnor could line up a much stronger team against the Ivorians.

Thomas Partey who was excused for the trip to Rabat joined training this week and should start against Ivory Coast.

Baba Rahman, Tariq Fosu, Andre Ayew and Alexander Dijku are all expected to be in the starting lineup.

In the absence of second vice captain, Richard Ofori the under-fire Razak Abalora could maintain his place in post but the coach has options in Danlad Ibrahim and Richard Ali Zigi.

The Black Stars last played Ivory Coast in the finals of the Nations Cup in 2015, where they lost on penalties.

The friendlies is to prepare the team ahead of the World Cup qualifiers later this year and for next year's Nations Cup.