Stars shift camp to Kumasi today

Kwesi Appiah

Kwesi Appiah

The senior national team, the Black Stars will commence the second phase of preparation for June’s triple-header on Monday at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium from Monday.

The Black Stars will engage Ethiopia in an AFCON qualifier on Sunday June 11 before emplaning to the United States of America (USA) where they play two international friendly games against the USA and Mexico.

Preparation, however, started at the Accra Sports Stadium on Thursday with more than half of the contingent invited by new coach, Kwesi Appiah, in attendance.

They include Felix Annan, Joseph Addo, Richard Ofori, Yaw Yeboah, Majeed Waris, Daniel Amartey and Samuel Sarfo.

The rest were Daniel Darkwah, Winful Cobbinah, Nicholas Opoku, Andre Dede Ayew, Jordan Ayew, Afriyie Acquah, Frank Acheampong, Thomas Agyepong and Rashid Sumaila.

Ghana Football Association (GFA) Spokesperson, Saanie Daara told the media that about 14 of the invited players were yet to report for camp but expect a full house on Monday when the leaves Accra to the Garden City of Kumasi where the qualifier against Ethiopia would be held.

Mr. Daara revealed that striker Godsway Donyoh picked up an injury while playing for his club, a situation he noted that the medical team of the Black Stars was monitoring closely to see if he would be available for the games.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Captain of the Black Stars, Andre Dede Ayew, has said that the team’s current preoccupation remains qualification to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

This, he said, was the reason why they must start the qualifiers on a winning note against Ethiopia on June 8 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

“We want to go and win AFCON 2019 and as a first step we must qualify for the tournament. That is what we are all aiming at; we are taking a game at a time.”

Ayew said “we must start the qualifiers on a very good note and that is what all the players called up have resolved to do.”

He said the bad results against Uganda and Egypt in the World Cup qualifiers have made the 2018 World Cup campaign a very difficult one even though for him all is not over yet.

“For now we have sidelined the World Cup agenda to focus on the game against Ethiopia. We want all three points and we are going to work towards that,” Ayew stated.

By Raymond Ackumey

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