Ghana defender Akaminko fit for AFCON after accident
Ghana defender Jerry Akaminko has declared himself fit for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations after being involved in a motor accident on Friday.
The 24-year-old, who is part of the Black Stars preliminary squad for next month’s tournament in South Africa, was involved in the accident in Koforidua in the eastern part of Ghana.
Akaminko, who plays for Turkish side Eskisehirspor, was driving his Infiniti SUV when it crashed into a taxi, a bus, before veering into the woods.
The accident came just six days before the Black Stars travel to the UAE to embark on training tour before the AFCON starts in South Africa on 19 January.
It was feared the accident could affect his chances of joining the Black Stars for the training camp in Abu Dhabi.
But the defender says he is fit to play in the tournament in South Africa as he had no injuries or psychological problems following the accident.
“I am okay and I had no injuries at all. Thank God I survived the accident,” the Turkey-based defender tweeted.
“I am with my family and I thank God for the life of my family and myself. It was a minor incident and I am in good psychological condition.”
“Lastly thank you to my fans and friends for showing care. Everything happens for a reason and I thank God that I am okay.”
But the defender is in danger of legal prosecution for his role in the accident as he was accused by by-standers as the cause of the accident accusing him of dangerous driving.
The Police in Koforidua have started investigations into the matter before deciding the next line of action.
The Black Stars will depart for Abu Dhabi on 4 January ahead of their participation in Africa’s flagship tournament in South Africa.
Akaminko spent four seasons in Turkey with his first club being Orduspor in the Turkish second-tier before joining Eskisehirspor at the start of the season.
In June, he scored on his Ghana debut in the 7-0 win over Lesotho at the Baba Yara Stadium in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier.