Sunday Sep 03, 2017. 17:00
Ghana head coach Kwesi Appiah has defended his choice to start Joseph Larweh Attamah at right-back in the country's 1-1 draw to Congo-Brazzaville on Friday.
The Black Stars 2018 FIFA World Cup hopes suffered a crippling blow as they were held to a stalemate in Kumasi, with a late goal from Thomas Partey conjuring a draw for the hosts.
Thievy Bifouma opened the scoring after 18 minutes following a costly error from Attamah who was making his competitive debut.
The Turkish-based defensive-midfielder, who started in an unfamiliar role, coughed up the ball in a dangerous position as the Red Devils pounced.
He was duly replaced by Harrison Afful following the break as Ghana showed immediate improvement down the flank. Appiah, though, stood by his decision:
"The moment John Boye was declared out of the match we thought it was important to strengthen the central defence and that's why we opted to start Attamah on the right hand side of defence," Appiah is quoted as saying by Joy Online.
"Attamah was considered based on the defenders we have and he was doing well in training. Harrison wasn't fully fit, so I had to give Attamah the nod, but as you can see, the face of the game changed the moment I brought on Harrison."
"However, sometime as a coach, you look at the performance of players at the training ground before you decide who best fits to start," Appiah concluded.