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Ghana abandon plan to camp in the United States ahead of 2014 World Cup

Posted On Friday, 20th December 2013
Ghana Black Stars team in training

Ghana Black Stars team in training

By Ameenu Shardow, follow on Twitter @alooameenu

Ghana is abandoning earlier considerations of  holding their pre-2014 World Cup camp in the United States about being put in the same group with the north Americans in the tournament in Brazil.

The Ghana FA and the Ministry of Sports had earlier considered the possibility of having the Black Stars prepare in the United States for next year’s finals.

The United States’ superior training facilities and proximity to Brazil gave stronger grounds for its consideration as some team will also be camping there to boost their preparations.

This plan will however be abandoned after Ghana was drawn against the USA in a tough World Cup group which also includes Germany and Portugal.

The Ghanaian authorities don’t want to risk anything by camping in enemy’s territory for the finals.

“There was an initial suggestion that we camp in America to prepare the team for the tournament due to some facilities there,” Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah told Metro FM.

“But now that we have been drawn against America, we cannot go and camp in enemy’s territory.

“So that suggestion needs to be reviewed to see whether we will camp in Europe or Asia, it is up to the technical team and the FA.”

Ghana will begin its third successive World Cup campaign against USA on June 16 in Natal.

The Black Stars will then face Germany and Portugal in the remaining group games in Fortaleza and Brasilia on June 20 and 24 respectively.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. Millennium says:

    Ei, You call America, an enemy because of football? Ei!!!!!!!

  2. kukuphilly says:

    u demm right millennium.thats how serious we take our football.

  3. adam4eve Ag.Swedruni ba says:

    @millinium..in football yes,they even consider us their worst enemy than ever…like my bro kuukuphily said it demonstrates how serious we take our football to be…so dont pani from the fact that Mr.Ankra said they are our enemy.that exactly how how he has to state it or u preffered the word “rivalry” to enemy right?
    See nigerians are our rivalry not our enemy b’cos they share the some continent with us and more or less our brothers but for US narrr..am done!!!

  4. Jimmy says:

    Chile will be a good place to camp!

  5. tbdarko says:

    Good decision, camping in U.S will give them full access to monitor our training EVEN IF ITS CLOSED :-)

  6. DOGO says:

    If you like Camp in Ougadougou CIA will come if they want to. Just camp here in Yankey so we can also enjoy the Black stars small. Lol!!!

  7. Askantwi says:

    Please we must camp in America, not in Europe.

  8. GHANSON says:

    Good idea.but I think Guyana or Puerto Rico will be our best bet(closer to Brazil).Both wont be participating in the WC so they care less how we train or whatsoever.
    And we must get there wayyyyyy earlier to get settled and well situated for the fiesta.

  9. FABU THE BEST & GREATEST says:

    He could have used the word “opponent” instead of ” enemy”. We are not at war with the US. It’s a game.

  10. LoLvFunny says:

    Look Y’all Americans and NSA don’t have time for the BS.. there are better fishes to Fry. We need to start preparing for the world cup ASAP. We should have played one or two friendly by now. We need to stop these time wasting adventures.

  11. kuukuphilly says:

    Dogo u r a fool.

    • DOGO says:

      Why you dey insult me. Kuukuphilly! What i do wrong? By ur name i guess you dey philly. Right? I dey the DMV inside just some hours from Philly. I just want us to enjoy the Black Stars too. I have never met any black star player in my life and this would have been an opportunity for some of us including you Kuukuphilly, to meet them. I want to see Asamoah Gyan, Kassa, John Boye. J.M sooo bad. Lol!

  12. Pinkus says:

    Camp the Black Stars in a high altitude south American country, that will be the only solution. Do not camp in a low ground territory. I will even prefer and Ethiopian camp. This world cup is about sacrifice not enyoyment.





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