On The Way To Brazil

kwadwo asamoahThe Black Stars last Tuesday had their first training session ahead of their friendly match against Holland, with 14 players and other officials turning out for the event.

They players include, Abdul Majeed-Waris, David Acham, Kwadwo Asamoah, Agyemang Badu, Harrison Afful, Samuel Inkoom, Afrieyie Ackuah, Fatau Dauda, Rashid Sumaila, Jerry Akaminko, Rabui Mohammed, Christian Atsu,Mubarak Wakaso and Stephen Adams.

The training which was led by Coach Akwesi Appiah and his assistant Maxwell Konado lasted over an hour.

But Abdul Majeed only trained for few minutes as he limped off the pitch due to injury following a clash with Dauda.

The magnitude of the injury was not disclosed at press time but was a major scare for colleagues and the numerous fans that trooped to the stadium to witness the training session.

Juventus star, Kwadwo Asamoah however arrived late to the stadium and received huge applause from the supporters who believe he would make huge difference in the Ghanaian team during the World Cup following his splendid form at club level.

The player did not train with the team but jogged alone for some time and later did few stretching while he kept eyes on his colleagues.

The President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and Minister of Youth and Sports, Elvis Afrieyie-Ankrah along side other officials, visited the team at training.

The minister urged the players to work hard and go all out into their upcoming friendly matches and subsequently the World Cup and make the nation proud.

“Government and the entire nation is behind you and will ensure you get the necessary support to conquer all nations at the World Cup,” he stated.

The GFA boss reiterated the need for the Black Stars to ensure that they make a remarkable impact at the World Cup despite the group they find themselves.

Adam Kwarasey, Daniel Opare, Jeffrey Schlupp and Albert Adomah were absent from the opening session are expected to take part in the others.

Michael Essien and Kevin Prince Boateng will not be part of the sessions at home rather they will join the squad in the Netherlands for the second phase of preparations.

They will train in Holland before facing the Dutch national team on 31 May before travelling to the United States for the second-phase of preparations.

The Black Stars will play South Korea in Miami before departing to Brazil and they are expected in their team base camp of Maceio on 11 June five days before their first match against the United States.

*Midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng says Ghana are outsiders in a tough Group G which contains Germany, Portugal and the United States.

The Black Stars, quarter-finalists at the 2010 World Cup, face a difficult campaign to better that feat at the finals in Brazil.

Boateng admits his international teammates must double efforts to sneak past Germany, his country of birth and Portugal.

“From the outside it’s obviously the Germans and Portugal,” the Schalke 04 ace told the German media.

“But we have had good moments at the world stage and we will keep our cards close to our chest.

“I must admit it won’t be easy but everything is possible.”

Boateng will join Ghana’s preparations for the World Cup in Rotterdam this weekend ahead of their friendly against Holland on 31 May. ghanasoccernet.com . By Michael D. Abayateye

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