(Sporting Alert) — Ghana and Guinea will be hoping to book a semi-final place when the pair meet in the Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal on Sunday.
The Black Stars will start as the firm favorites for the win on Sunday, but head coach Avram Grant has warned his team about being complacent heading into the fixture.
Grant, in the meantime, has decided to hand Cambridge United’s Kwesi Appiah his first start of the tournament as he makes two changes from the side that played the last outing.
Appiah, who made his debut in Ghana’s final group match win against South Africa, will play alongside captain Asamoah Gyan in attack.
Also coming into the starting lineup is John Boye and he will play in the backline alongside Baba Rahman, Jonathan Mensah and Harrison Afful.
Mubarak Wakaso, Afriyie Acquah, Andre Ayew and Christian Atsu all kept their starting places in the side.
Jordan Ayew, Mohammed Rabiu, Solomon Asante, Daniel Amartey and Frank Acheampong are listed among the substitutes.
Ghana won Group C of the tournament on goal-difference after finishing with six-points, the same as Algeria.
Guinea beat out Mali for the runner-up slot in Group D after both teams shared the same records.
They come into this matchup losing their last three Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals, but are convinced that they are ready to upset Ghana and book a place into the last four for the first time since 1976.
Ghana v Guinea Team News
Ghana Team: Braimah, Afful, Rahman, Boye, Mensah, Wakaso, Acquah, Atsu, Dede, Appiah, Gyan.
Subs: Gyimah, Awal, Badu, J.Ayew, Sowah, Rabiu, Asante, Otoo, Dauda, Amartey, Accam, Acheampong.
Guinea Team: Yattara, Sankoh, Paye, Fofana, Camara, Conte, Cissé, Constant, Sylla, Razzagui Camara, Traoré. Subs: Yattara, Sylla, Zayatte, Landel, Camara, Keita, Keita, Soumah, Kamano, Diarra, Camara.