Black Stars Land in Tamale for Uganda World Cup Qualifier


The Black Stars have arrived in Tamale for Friday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Uganda…

The Black Stars arrived in Tamale on Wednesday morning ahead of Friday’s opening 2018 World Cup qualifier against Uganda. Coach Avram Grant’s players were met on arrival at the by local football fans who thronged the airport to welcome the team. All 23 players who were invited by the coach for the game against the Cranes were present.

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This follows the overnight arrival of Adam Kwarasey, Jeff Schlupp and Thomas Partey who missed the first day of training on Tuesday. The trio arrived from their bases in Europe on Tuesday night and were part of the team in Tamale.

They were welcomed to the city by the Northern Region FA chairman Abu Abdullahi  and his other top executives. Local football fans riding on motorbikes created a good atmosphere around the team as the team bus made its way to the team.

Captain Asamoah Gyan and stand – in deputy captain Emmanuel Agyemang Badu led the players in prayers on arrival at the airport before they headed to their hotel. Preparations and trainings for the clash with Uganda has continued since Wednesday afternoon.

Ghana last played at the Tamale Stadium in November 2014 during their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Togo. The Ghana Football Association has arranged for the team to pay courtesy calls on the Gulkpe-Naa and the Dakpema, the Paramount Chief and Chief of Tamale respectively, at their palaces.

Gyan Ready for Friday’s Ghana vs Uganda Clash

Black Stars striker and captain, Asamoah Gyan has disclosed his readiness to lead the national team to face Uganda in the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifier to be played on Friday in Tamale.

Gyan ready

Asamoah Gyan who has not captained the Black Stars for sometime now as a result of injuries disclosed after yesterday’s training in Accra that he is almost fit to take Ghana against Uganda. Speaking to the press, he said that although he is not yet 100% fit, he is doing all within his ability to see that he becomes strong enough to face the Friday contest.

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Speaking further, he pointed out that he was able to play for 90 minutes and also scored twice in his last match for his new club, Al Ahli. He however stated that he needs to work more on his endurance.

Asamoah Gyan made it clear that the match is going to be a very tough one. According to him, Uganda has been a ‘headache’ to Ghana since 2003 when he joined the national team – it has always been a defeat for Ghana or a draw with the Ugandans. However, the all-time leading top scorer gave the assurance that his team will do their best to break the long standing jinx by defeating the Ugandan team in Friday’s match.

Gyan also seized the opportunity to plead with fans to come out in mass to throw their support behind the Black Stars as this will go a long way to give them the desired victory. He pleaded that Ghanaians forget their past grievances and look forward to what the future holds for the team.