Ghana to know opponents Oct 19

Ghana will know her group opponents for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations on October 19 when the draw is held in Libreville, the capital of the host country Gabon.

The Black Stars will be playing in their 21st Nations Cup finals after topping their group which included Mozambique, Mauritius and Rwanda.

At the weekend, all 16 qualified nations were confirmed for the tournament to be hosted by Gabon.

Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Zimbabwe will be represented.

Others are Uganda, Burkina Faso, debutants Guinea Bissau, Senegal, Mali, DR Congo alongside host nation Gabon.

The Black Stars are expected to be among the top seeds in the draw per their position on the FIFA/CAF rankings.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Amateur and Juvenile Soccer Club Owners Association (GHAJSCOA) has criticised groups and individuals who are calling for the sack of Sports Minister Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye.

GHAJSCOA General Secretary Kwamena Bamfo Sakyi, who addressed a press conference at Adabraka Sahara Park on Saturday September 3, explained that Mr. Vanderpuye was the “boldest Sports Minister in Ghanaian history who has taken steps to reduce the winning bonuses of the Black Stars players to the barest minimum to conform to international standards to save cost”.

For him, this proved that Mr. Vanderpuye had Ghanaian sports at heart and was the only minister to lead a revolution to channel funds to the development of other sports.

The association lauded the Sports Minister for again slashing bonuses of the Black Stars management committee members “who sit in the luxurious VIP lounge to enjoy football games and also take same bonuses as our footballers after 90 minutes

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