Black Stars arrive in Japan for friendly

Thomas Partey

Thomas Partey

The senior national team of Ghana, the Black Stars have arrived in Tokyo for the International friendly against the Blue Sumarai of Japan.

The Black Stars will face Japan tomorrow as part of their preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with the Asian giants also preparing for the World Cup in Russia.
Coach Kwesi Appiah named a 21-man squad for the game against Japan. The team spent a week training in Accra with most of the players absent but will meet the rest of the squad in Tokyo.
Ghana missed the World Cup but has begun AFCON qualifiers on a bright note after thrashing Ethiopia 5-0 in Kumasi.
After the Japan game, the team will next face Iceland in another friendly.
Head coach of the side Kwesi Appiah insists the game will help build a formidable team ahead of the Arica Cup of Nations in 2019.
Meanwhile, Black Stars midfielders Afriyie Acquah and Mubarak Wakaso have not travelled with the squad to Japan.
The duo, according to reports, opted out of the games after being told they would receive an appearance fee of $2000 for each game instead of the usual $5000 the players get for friendlies, an amount they deemed ‘inadequate.’
Each player will now earn $4000 from the two games instead of $10,000.
But Citi Sports sources have now disclosed that Acquah has made a u-turn on his decision and will now travel to Japan on his own to join the team.
The team touched down in Tokyo in the early hours of Monday after a transit through the Netherlands.

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