Venue for Stars’ next match still undecided

FBL-WC-2014-GHA-PRESSThe Ghana Football Association is reported to be still in dialogue with the Sports Ministry over the venue for next month’s Afcon 2017 qualifier against Mauritius.

The Black Stars will host the opening qualifier on Sunday, June 14, but not at the recently adopted Tamale Stadium.

According to sources, the change in venue is as a result of a directive for the national teams to cut costs.

During the Afcon 2016 qualifiers, the Black Stars had to move their entire entourage from Kumasi to the North, to honour their home games due to a backlash from the home fans.

With the new directive, the Accra Stadium will be the ideal venue to host the Black Stars but it has had its own peculiar challenges – a dysfunctional scoreboard, floodlight issues and a not-perfect playing surface.

Meanwhile,Ghana will play neighbours Togo in an international friendly next month in preparation towards the start of the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Black Stars will play the Hawks in Accra on 7 June as they prepare for the matches to be played in the qualifiers next month.

Ghana’s leading football website, www.GHANASoccernet.com, reveals that the Togolese Football Federation has confirmed the friendly from their base in Lome.

The Chairman of Standardization Committee, Antoine Folly has also announced the decision on Togo national television (TVT).

The Hawks, who played the Black Stars in the qualifiers to the last edition of the Nations Cup, want to use the exhibition match to test their readiness for the campaign.

Ghana coach Avram Grant also wants to give the chance to some players who are likely to be given the opportunity to impress to make the squad.

Togo begins their qualifiers in Group A against Liberia at home before engaging Djibouti and Tunisia to end the first round.

New coach Tom Saintfiet wants to make a huge impact in-charge of the Hawks.

Ghana plays at home to Mauritius on June 14 before playing Rwanda and Mozambique.

 

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