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