Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

News

Black Stars Set for Kenya Camp

Ghana’s Black Stars have finally opted to camp in Naivasha, Kenya, ahead of their penultimate AFCON 2019 qualifier against Ethiopia in Addis Ababa on November 18.

A source close to the senior national team confirmed to the Graphic Sports last Saturday the team’s plans for the Ethiopia clash, as well as the return of the Ayew brothers, Andre and Jordan, to the national team after a year’s hiatus.

The source explained that the Stars’ technical handlers settled on the resort town of Naivasha, which is 76 Km from the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, due to the first class facilities there.

On September 8, the Stars lost 0-1 to Kenya’s Harambee Stars in a group qualifier at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.

The source pointed out that despite Kenya’s interest in the AFCON qualifiers, the Stars handlers considered Naivasha as the ideal camping ground because it had a similar high altitude just like Ethiopia.

Coach Kwasi Appiah and his players are expected to assemble at their familiar camping base at least five days before the crucial game against Ethiopia, whom they walloped 5-0 in the opening AFCON qualifier in Kumasi on June 11, 2017.

Another refreshing news is the much-anticipated return of the Ayews who last featured for Ghana on September 1, 2017.

Andre, who is on loan at Turkish side Fenerbahce, and younger brother, Jordan, of Crystal Palace, skipped a crucial Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Congo in Brazzaville on grounds of ill-health.

Their action was viewed as a lack of commitment to the team and put them on a collision course with Coach Appiah, who opted to stick with the group of players who stood with him in those difficult times.

Since then, the relationship between Appiah and the Ayews has been nothing but acrimonious until recently when the coach spoke with the two players on telephone prior to the botched Sierra Leone qualifier last month.

According to the coach, the days where players merely walked into the national team to pick up jerseys, or cherry-picked matches they wanted to feature in, were over as he was bent on ensuring stiff competition for every position.

The return of Andre and Jordan is expected to sharpen the Stars attack as they join teammates such as the captain Asamoah Gyan, Emmanuel Boateng, Abdul-Majeed Waris, Raphael Dwamena and Richmond Boakye-Yiadom to provide the coach with a lot of options to select from.

Andre has been on target twice for Fenerbahce this season in the Turkish Super Lig, while Jordan is yet to find target for Palace in the English Premiership.

Ghana are bottom in Group F with three points, trailing group leaders Kenya and Ethiopia who have seven points and four points respectively but with two games less.

Trending Stories

News

A new COVID conspiracy theory is making the rounds, the theory is linking the ongoing global pandemic with the rollout of 5G communications networks....

International

Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care after his condition worsened, Downing Street has said. The prime minister was admitted to St Thomas’...

News

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has announced that the government will take care of water bills of all Ghanaians for the next 3 months. Addressing...

News

Ghana has confirmed nine additional COVID-19 cases; six from Greater Accra and three from Ashanti region. This brings the total confirmed cases to 214....

News

Northern Regional Minister Salifu Sa-eed has banned prostitution in Tamale with immediate effect. This comes after a Guinean national who tested positive for the...

News

Jacques Joaquim Yhombi-Opango, former president of the Republic of the Congo, has died after contracting coronavirus, his family said. Yhombi-Opango died in a Paris...

News

The Northern Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed, has confirmed that a coronavirus patient who was under quarantine in his region has fled the facility, leaving...

News

Sixteen persons have been arrested in Kasoa in the Central Region for failing to give tangible reasons why they were in town during the...

News

A video of a young man paying dearly for refusing to adhere to the directives of the president to remain indoors has emerged barely...

News

President Nana Akufo-Addo has earned massive praise from some prominent people around the world over list latest statement on the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). President...

News

There are now more than 3,200 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the continent, with a number of African countries imposing a range of prevention...

News

The President for Institute of Liberty and Policy Innovation (ILAPI), Mr Peter Bismark, has stated that Ghana requires GH₡15 billion for 28 days’ total...

Copyright © 2020 GhanaStar Media Group. All rights reserved