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Ghana FA chief Nyantakyi reveals why Black Stars can't camp for long for World Cup

Published on: 04 March 2014
Kwesi Nyantakyi says Black Stars cannot camp for long before the World Cup

Ghana FA chief Kwesi Nyantyakyi says the Black Stars are unable to embark on a long-term camp unlike their World Cup group opponents the United States because almost all the players in the national team play abroad.

A section of the Ghanaian public has called for a long-term camp for the Black Stars before they head for the global football showpiece event in Brazil in June.

These calls have been sparked by America's starting of their pre-tournament camping in Sao Paolo in January leading to calls for Ghana to replicate a similar thing.

With almost all of Ghana's players plying their trade mostly in Europe with top clubs, they will not be released by their clubs until FIFA dates for international matches.

The United States held the camp in Sao Paolo thanks to the fact that many of their player play for MLS sides and because their season ended in December, coach Klinsmann was able to send them for their pre-tournament camp.

America's Europe-based players could not join in because their season is still underway.

Nyantakyi insists that Ghana cannot camp for long because most of the players are abroad.

“The Black Stars is a team in exile, in other words, you don’t have the players in camp all the time," the GFA capo said when asked about long-term camping for the Black Stars.

"Our players are all scattered in Europe and elsewhere. We’re, therefore, not in camp nor is there any real training session at the moment.

“This is a very important trip for us because it’s the last match before the team assembles for the final lap of World Cup preparations,” he added.

Ghana continue their preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday with an away friendly against Montenegro.

For the global showpiece, Ghana – quarter-finalists in 2010 - were put into a particularly tough group alongside Germany, Portugal and the United States.


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  • Lord Dennings says:
    March 04, 2014 02:15 pm
    It is quiet understandable,but we have to make sure that advanced preparations have been made for the players to be available for training for the days granted by Fifa. All the necessary documents needed to travel must be in place. Players could not secure visas and other excuses are simply not acceptable. We need all our selected players to be available and to be accessed by the coach before the tournament. This player could not get visa or got to the airport late are unseasonable excuse. we do not know why Afful could not visa to join the Black stars. This match was arranged long time ago.Do the players have to apply for their own visa or it is done by GFA. Who ever is in charge must work diligently to ensure that get the necessary documents to travel on time.