Ghana's Black Stars fell to Kenya's Harambee Stars in the 2019 Afcon Qualifier played on Saturday.
A Nicholas Opoku own goal, under pressure from Michael Olunga, was all the hosts needed to set a major upset at Kasarani, Nairobi. However, questions were raised by a section of the Ghanaian fans about coach Kwesi Appiah's decision not to start the likes of Raphael Dwamena, Harrison Afful and Kwadwo Asamoah.
The tactician has explained to Goal the reason behind that move. “It was a game we wanted to win and I had to play the best. Those who started were match fit, and that is why they were given first priority.
“I could not start a player who is not fit, but at the end of the day the chances we lost cost us. We could not capitalize on them unlike Kenya, who used theirs.”
Ghana will welcome Sierra Leone, who lost away to Ethiopia, with Harambee Stars entertaining the Walya Antelopes.