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Ghana starting XI vs Portugal: Jordan Ayew dropped, Partey and Seidu start

15:31 GMT 24/11/2022
Thomas Partey Ghana 2022
The Black Stars are looking to be the first African team to win a game in the ongoing tournament

Ghana head coach Otto Addo has named his starting XI to face Portugal in their World Cup opening game on Thursday.

Thomas Partey starts for the African nation, while Inaki Williams has been deployed as the focal point in the front line.

Jordan Ayew has been benched as the Black Stars' technical bench opts for a more defensive formation.

Here's how Ghana line up for the showdown:

  • Lawrence Ati-Zigi Ghana.

    Lawrence Ati-Zigi

    The 25-year-old goalkeeper was Addo’s fallback plan after the goalkeeping department was hit by Joe Wollacott and Richard Ofori’s injury setbacks.

    After keeping a clean sheet against Switzerland in a friendly, he is now expected to do the same as the Black Stars commence their campaign.

  • Baba Rahman

    Baba Rahman

    Rahman starred against Switzerland at left-back, and much is expected of him as the Black Stars look to be the first African nation to register a victory in Qatar.

  • Alidu Seidu Ghana 2022.

    Alidu Seidu

    The Clermont defender has been deployed at right-back in what looks like a more defensive approach adopted by Addo.

  • DF_Daniel Amartey

    Daniel Amartey

    Being one of the more experienced players in Ghana’s setup, the Leicester City defender is expected to be rock solid at the back as he gets his 47th cap for the African nation.

  • Alexander Djiku Ghana

    Alexander Djiku

    Djiku will work closely with Amartey in the centre of Ghana’s defence.

    Will they hold on tightly and ensure Cristiano Ronaldo and his fellow Portuguese attackers do not score?

  • Mohammed Salisu of Ghana, Brazil's Matheus Cunha

    Mohammed Salisu

    Addo has once again decided to go with the defensive wall that contains both Amartey and Salisu.

    The duo started together against Nicaragua and Switzerland, and the Portugal game gives them an opportunity to improve their chemistry further.

  • Thomas Partey Ghana

    Thomas Partey

    He was not involved in Ghana’s friendlies and returns to the starting XI for the crucial opener.

    Will the Arsenal star inspire the Black Stars to a winning start?

  • Jeremy Doku Salis Abdul Samed Lens Rennes Ligue 1

    Salis Abdul Samed

    After impressing in midfield during Ghana’s victory over Switzerland, the technical bench has maintained him in the starting XI.

  • Andre Ayew, Ghana

    Andre Ayew

    Despite criticism, especially from the fans, Addo has stuck with Ghana’s most-capped player in his starting XI.

  • Mohammed Kudus Ghana

    Mohammed Kudus

    After being left out of the match against Switzerland, Kudus makes it into the starting XI.

    His involvement is expected to add more flair to the attacking department.

  • Inaki Williams, Ghana

    Inaki Williams

    The Athletic Bilbao forward will lead Ghana’s attacks as they hope to upset Portugal in their opening game.