Ghana’s Black Stars will be heading for the United States to finalize their preparation for the 2014 World Cup by setting up a training camp in sunny Florida.
With 36 days to football’s biggest global gathering, Ghana and other World Cup teams expect to take advantage of Florida’s tropical climate conditions and time zone which are similar to that of host nation, Brazil, to polish their strategies.
Others headed to cities across the sunshine state to bask in the heat and humidity are African champions Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, England, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ecuador, Honduras, Japan and South Korea.
The Stars are scheduled to begin their training camp in Florida first week of next month and will play a friendly game against South Korea on June 9 at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida.
It will be Ghana’s final warm up game before the stars head to Brazil for their opening Group G clash with the United States in Natal a week later.
Meanwhile Ghanaians in Florida in particular relish the opportunity of watching the Stars in action before they move to Brazil, with the various Ghanaian community groups already mobilizing to accord the national team a memorable stay in Florida.
Ghanaian groups are working in collaboration with the International Youth and Sports Organisation (IYSO), a US-based Ghanaian NGO,to implement a programme of action.
IYSO has been mandated by the GFA and the Ministry of Youth and Sports to undertake fundraising and promotional activities, including an event in Miami themed: “A day with the Black Stars” at which soccer fans will interact with the players get photo opportunities and purchase souvenirs and a special World Cup publication.