Arsenal star Thomas Partey will lead Ghana in their international friendly clash with Mexico at the Bank of America Stadium in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, United States.
Partey has returned to the team for this month’s clash after missing Ghana’s last two victories over the Central African Republic and Liberia owing to an injury as Chris Hughton, the head coach, is determined that he was fit enough to start.
Ghana’s goal is to halt a three-match losing trend against Mexico, hence this game is crucial for them.
Hughton’s decision to use Partey indicates that he wants to strengthen the midfield and hinder the Mexican team’s attempts.
Goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi, who is still the first choice, is paired with Partey in the starting eleven.
Kingsley Schindler, Gideon Mensah, Stephan Ambrosius, Joseph Aidoo, and Nicholas Opoku make up the defensive line-up.
Partey will receive assistance from Elisha Owusu in the middle, with Mohammed Kudus and Joseph Paintsil also participating in midfield play. Attack is being led by Antoine Semenyo.
Jordan Ayew, Ernest Numaha, and Inaki Williams are Ghana’s substitutes; the latter has promised to score his first goal for Ghana against Mexico. They are anticipated to enter the game for the Black Stars.
Under coach Hughton, who has presided over five games and recorded three victories, Ghana enters the contest with an undefeated record. Following this, Ghana will play the United States, and both contests will serve as practise matches for the November World Cup qualifiers and the early-2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.