Stars To Camp In Turkey Now

Michael EssienGhana have abandoned plans to camp in Addis Ababa before this month’s FIFA World Cup playoff return leg against Egypt, can confirm.

The team will now pitch camp in Turkey and train for six days before flying direct to Cairo, the match venue. An advanced team led by assistant coach Maxwell Konadu and Ghana Football Association Executive Committee member George Afriyie were not impressed by facilities in the East African country.

Black Stars head coach Kwesi Appiah had planned to camp in the Ethiopian capital from next Monday 11 November to prepare for the Pharaohs.

Arrangements are being made to see if the team can train in Turkey before arriving in Cairo on 18 November. “Black Stars will be based in Turkey ahead of the November 19th FIFA World Cup duel in Cairo. This is after an advanced party from the GFA visited the proposed venue in Ethiopia and reported back that it falls short of expectations,” Yaw Ampofo-Ankrah, special aide to the Sports Minister posted on his Facebook page.

The Black Stars hold a 6-1 first leg advantage after an impressing showcase at the Baba Yara Stadium on 15 October.
Meanwhile, samoah Gyan insists the Black Stars are battle ready to face Egypt in their World Cup play-off return leg at volatile Cairo on November 19.

Ghanaian authorities are unhappy that FIFA have rejected two appeals for the game to be moved from Cairo due to safety fears.
The world governing body ruled that the North African country has given security guarantees for the game, which will be the first international match held in the capital for more than two years.

But Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has allayed the fears of soccer fans, insisting they have come too far to miss out at the final stage.
“We appealed to FIFA earlier because of the political tension, but they sanctioning the venue is enough proof that the venue is safe for use,” Gyan is quoted by Daily Guide

“Wherever FIFA asks us to play the second leg, we will defeat them. We are approaching the game as if we are the underdogs.
“I am in touch with my colleagues on regular basis and you could feel how ready they are for the game. We are only praying for strength and a good day.

“We have come too far to miss the Brazil 2014 World Cup bus. We don’t want to miss it, we are determined to give our best shot, and that alone is enough motivation to conquer them at their own backyard. Ghanaians should relax and continue to pray for us for a good day. We won’t disappoint them,”

Political and social unrest has led to disturbances in Egypt since the overthrow of President Morsi, while football in the country has been deeply affected since the Port Said riot in 2012 that led to the deaths of more than 70 fans.The aggregate winner will qualify for next year’s final in Brazil and Ghana are heavy favourites to book their place.

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