Mohammed Kudus In, Andre Ayew Out as Chris Hughton Names Black Stars Starting Line-Up Against Angola

Ghana black Stars captain Andre Ayew will not be involved this afternoon’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Angola.

In naming his maiden starting line-up since being appointed as Black Stars boss, Chris Hughton left the skipper entirely the out of the squad, with sources claiming it was a precaution

Lawrence Ati Zigi, however, maintains his position in post, having been Ghana’s starting goalkeeper at the Qatar 2022 World Cup

He is flanked by a defensive quartet of Denis Odoi, Gideon Mensah, Alexander Djiku and Daniel Amartey as Mohammed Salisu sits out due to injury

Thomas Partey also starts as captain of the side and will be partnered in midfield by the returning Edmund Addo.

Premier League duo Jordan Ayew and Kamaldeen Sulemana, who play for Crystal Palace and Southampton, respectively, are tasked with providing width.

In-form Ajax star Mohammed Kudus has been deployed as a no.10, with Athletic Bilbao’s Inaki Williams leading the line as lone striker.

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