Local Stars To Take On Libya

local starsPlayers from Kumasi Asante Kotoko dominate the latest 22-man squad of the local Black Stars for next’s friendly against Libya. Michael Helegbe, Richard Mpong, Kofi Nti-Boakye, Kwabena Edusei and Michael Akuffo were drawn from the Ghana Premier League champions as reported by Kumasibased Metro FM yesterday.

The squad list which is yet to be confirmed by the Ghana FA also features Aduana Stars’ impressive full back Godfred Saka, the Berekum Chelsea pair of Jordan Opoku and Jackson Owusu as well as Abeiku Ainooson and Asiedu Attorbrah from New Edubiase.

Two players were also called from Wa All Stars in Joshua Otoo and Tijani Joshua. Hearts of Oak’s Moro Abubakar, Francis Morton from Ebusua Dwarfs and King Faisal’s Sulley Mohammed are also included.

Three goalkeepers in Stephen Adams, Adade Foli and Joseph Addo from Aduana Stars, Ebusua Dwarfs and Heart of Lions respectively were called. The team is expected to begin camping at a yet to be announced date to continue preparations ahead of the CHAN tournament to be staged early next year in South Africa.

The Ghana Football Association wants to keep the team busy and ready for a third successive appearance in the tournament.
But the venue and date are yet to be confirmed by the two associations.

The team last played a competitive match early June when they hosted Ivory Coast in a two-legged friendly at the Baba Yara and Len Clay Stadia. Libya also gained automatic qualification to the finals from the North Zone after Algeria withdrew. Ghana failed to progress from the Group stage at the last tournament hosted by Sudan in 2011.

Ghana booked a place in the tournament for the third successive time without kicking a ball after Benin withdrew from the preliminary qualification round.

A professional group from Spain; Zinac International are to construct several multipurpose training facilities while holding training clinics in Ghana. The team held a meeting with Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah on Wednesday to present the purpose of their visit to Ghana.

The team has football as one of its main programs to be undertaken in the country. The team looks impart the superior methodology and enhanced facilities used by several Spanish club and national sides resulting in their success in various international tournaments on Ghanaians. “Spain for the past four years have won the European championships twice and have been World champion in South Africa,”
leader of the Spanish delegation Fernando Gomes in the meeting with the Sports Minister.

“It therefore shows that Spain’s way of training and preparation is good and we want to teach it to Ghanaians.” Spain have dominated world football at both club and international level in recent years. Their national team have won back-to-back European championbships and a World Cup. Sports Minister Afriyie Ankrah thus hopes the the team can replicate the use of its superior plans for success for the benefit of Ghanaians.

“I am thrilled to receive such a delegation who intend to help us realize our fullest potential as world beaters,” he said. “What we know here in Ghana is that there are a lot of talents and we need facilities and programs such as these ones to help unearth
and nurture these talents.”

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