Ghana opponents Mali to pitch camp in Morocco

Mali will travel to Casablanca, Morocco for preparations ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations which kicks off next month in Gabon, according to the country’s football federation.
The Eagles are paired with Ghana, Egypt and Uganda in Group D.
Alain Giresse’s men will spend two weeks in the North African country, training at the Wellness Sports Centre from December 31 to January 13, 2017 before leaving for the finals.
They will engage one or two local clubs in warm up games before facing Burkina Faso in an international friendly on January 7. Their first match at the Afcon will be against Egypt before facing Ghana four days later and then Uganda in the final group game.
Giresse will announce Mali’s final 23-man squad in the coming days, ahead of their trip to Morocco, according to reports.
Ghana are rumoured to have chosen Equatorial Guinea to fine-tune due to the similarities of weather conditions with Afcon host nation Gabon.
Head coach Avram Grant is expected to submit his provisional squad and training schedules to the football association in the coming days.
The Black Stars were handed a major boost last week after captain Asamoah Gyan recovered from a hamstring injury and returned to action with his side Al Ahli.
Ghana are chasing their fifth AFCON title and the first since 1982 after losing on penalties to Cote d’Ivoire in the final of the 2015 edition.



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