Boateng stakes a claim

Midfielder could start for Ghana in World Cup opener

Boateng: Impresses manager

Kevin-Prince Boateng may start for Ghana in their World Cup opener after impressing against Latvia.

The Portsmouth midfielder played well against the European side on Saturday and could make the first-team line-up against Serbia in South Africa.

Black Stars manager Milovan Rajevac is looking for options in the middle of the park with injury doubts hanging over Sulley Muntari.

Rajevav said: "It was his first game and he played in an unfamiliar role for him, but he handled it quite well.

"It is the role I want to give him but for a first game with Ghana he did well."

Boateng, 23, started against Latvia alongside Anthony Annan in midfield before eventually being substituted in the 66th minute.

That could be how Ghana line up against Serbia, with Muntari still doubtful and Michael Essien ruled out.

Muntari did not feature against Latvia because he aggravated a thigh strain in the friendly match against Holland on Tuesday

Ghana have been drawn in Group D for the World Cup, alongside Australia and Germany as well as Serbia.