(Top L to R) Ghana's defender Baba Rahman, Ghana's midfielder Mubarak Wakaso, Ghana's defender Jospeh Aidoo, Ghana's goalkeeper Richard Ofori, Ghana's defender John Boye, Ghana's midfielder Thomas Partey, Ghana's forward Jordan Ayew, (bottom L to R) Ghana's forward Owusu Kwabena, Ghana's midfielder Andre Ayew, Ghana's midfielder Samuel Owusu and Ghana's defender Andy Yiadom pose for a group picture during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Group F football match between Guinea-Bissau and Ghana at the Suez Stadium in the north-eastern Egyptian city on July 2, 2019. (Photo by fadel senna / AFP) (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

Ghana coach Charles Akonnor has named his strongest starting line-up to face Ethiopia on Friday for their start of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers with teenage prodigy Kamaldeen Sulemana grabbing a starting place, Ghanasoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

Crystal Palace star Jeffery Schlupp will also start but he is getting his natural place on the left wing which shows coach Akonnor’s desire to come out with his strongest attacking force.

The two players are the most notable changes in the Black Stars starting line-up with the usual first time players retaining their places in the team.

Goalkeeper Richard Ofori will retain his place in the goalposts despite the presence of Belgium league top shot-stopper Abdul Manaf Nurudeen and Swiss-based Lawrence Ati Zigi.

Reading defender Andy Yiadom will play from the right side of the Black Stars defence and his team-mate in English Championship Baba Rahman will play at left back.

The central defence is marshalled by experienced and calm centre-back Daniel Amartey with his partner being the impressive France-based defender Alexander Djiku.

Matster midfielder controller Mubarak Wakaso will retain his central midfield position to be partnered by hardworking Spain-based midfileder Baba Iddrisu who will join the attack.

Kamaldeen will attack the Ethiopians from the right wing with Schlupp expected to carry out similar duties from the left side of the wings will create some pace problems from the East Africans.

Jordan Ayew will lead the attack of Ghana with his elder brother and captain of the Black Stars getting the chance to play as the playmaker just behind the striker.


Below is the full starting line-up

Richard Ofori (GK)

Andy Yiadom, Daniel Amartey, Alexander Djiku, Baba Abdul Rahman

Baba Iddrisu, Mubarak Wakaso, Jeffery Schlupp, Kamaldeen Sulemana

Andre Dede Ayew, Jordan Ayew