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Black Stars facing possibility of three games in a week

Published on: 09 April 2020
Black Stars facing possibility of three games in a week
Black Stars

Ghana's senior national team could have to play three matches in a week later this year to haul in fixtures postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Black Stars will have three matches to catch up after Fifa who, at the weekend, cancelled all international matches scheduled for June.

They were travel to face Bafana Bafana of South Africa on June 6 in a top-of-the table clash in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying group.

Ghana has already seen March’s two Group C qualifiers against Sudan at home and away postponed.

Fifa is planning‚ reports say‚ to press national teams to catch up quickly and ensure the international calendar gets back on track before the end of 2020.

As the calendar stands now‚ Ghana must play Sao Tome and Principe home in September in their last Cup of Nations group C qualifier and then in October and November begin their World Cup qualifying campaign against Ethiopia‚ South Africa and Zimbabwe.

But the fixture list is to be shifted out‚ leaving the Black Stars having to play Sudan (twice)and South Africa in a seven-day spell between September 2-8 and then Sao Tome and Principe and‚ possibly‚ their opening two World Cup qualifiers from October 7-13.

That will put the qualifying calendar back on track with a further World Cup qualifier set for November.

Three matches in seven days in September would mean Black Stars coach CK Akonnor would need to select a bigger squad and use more players.

The coach could save his best XI for the Bafana Bafana clash and two games against Sudan before that against Sao Tome with second stringers.

They would still be fancied to win against the tiny island nation.

Ghana must play Sudan twice before taking on Bafana.

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