U-23 coach snubs foreign-based players

GHANA U-23 coach, Malik Jabir has decided to exclude foreign-based players from his squad to face Liberia on Sunday in their 2016 Olympic Games qualifier first leg tie.

The players abroad are reported to have failed to impress and that has forced the technical team to take a decision to leave them out.

Two weeks ago, players Isaac Horny, Yussif Raman Chibsah and Roda JC’s Raymond Gyasi helped the Black Meteors to overhaul a 1-0 first defeat to Mozambique with a 2-0 win at the Tamale Sports Stadium.

Jabir believes in the locally-based players and will work to get the best out of the them especially New Edubiase United’s Latif Anabilla who has showed prospects of playing top-tier football.

“I think the technical team realized that it is impossible to have these foreign based players for the match because it is not sanctioned by FIFA and clubs are not obliged to released them,” a source told GHANASoccernet.com

The team have been training in Tamale, venue for the matcah.

Meanwhile, the national u-20 Team, the Black Satellites will embark on a two-week training tour of Australia in preparation for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

The Satellites will touch down in Australia on the 15th of May and depart to New Zealand on the 29th May for the tournament which starts a day after.

The Ghanaian side will limber up in the Oceana nation for two weeks before the start of the championship from May, 30 to June, 20.

The camp will give head coach Sellas Tetteh the opportunity to select his final 21-man squad for the 24-nation competition.

The Black Satellites, bronze medallists at the 2015 African Youth Championship (AYC) in Senegal, are expected to play a four-nation tournament iun New Zealand from May 2nd to 13th, before travelling for the two-week-long camp in neighbouring Australia.

Ghana is paired in Group B alongside Argentina, Panama and Austria and will open its campaign against Austria on Saturday May 30 at the Wellington Regional Stadium in New Zealand.

Ghana is the only African side to have annexed the FIFA U-20 World Cup trophy in 2009.

Mali, Nigeria and Senegal are the other sides to represent Africa at this year’s U-20 World Cup.

*Ghana Champions Asante Kotoko has lined-up a friendly with Romanian giants Petrolul Ploie?ti. The Club has confirmed.

The Porcupine Warriors are scheduled to play the European side at the Babayara Sports Stadium on September 4.

A deal between management of Asante Kotoko and officials of the Romanian side is expected to be agreed by the end of the week following advance negotiation between the two parties.

Officials of Petrolul are expected to arrive in Ghana on Tuesday to finalize the deal.

A press conference will however take place at the Golden Tulip Hotel on Wednesday April 22 to brief the media on the upcoming friendly between the two giants.

The game is however expected to build a strong connection between Asante Kotoko and Petrolul.

Petrolul Ploie?ti has won the Romanian League title thus the Ligue 1 on four occasions. The team has been able to lift the Cupa României three times as well as the Supercupa României.

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