Businessman and an ardent supporter of the Black Stars Samson Deen has suggested a change in the date for Ghana’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Egypt.
The Black Stars are slated to face the Pharaohs in the first leg of the playoffs on October 13 at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.
The Ghana FA are to confirm this date to the world football governing body FIFA by close of Friday.
The Ghanaian businessman is however urging the Ghana FA to strongly consider the possibility of delaying the match for two more days to ensure the Black Stars get enough time to prepare for the clash against Egypt.
“This is not a small match and everybody including people at the Ghana FA know this,” he told GHANAsoccernet.com.
“We need to give our team the best of preparations to ensure we win this match and win it well.
“I however foresee a little problem about the date fixed for this game, that is October 13.
“FIFA has made us aware that we as the home team can choose any day between October 11-15 for the game and I think we should make very good use of this latitude.
“The Egyptians have more time to prepare than us because their league of which almost all their players play in is not active so they can move to camp early.
“We on the other side have almost all our players playing abroad and might arrive late for this game.
“So for us to ensure that we give the coach enough time to train with the boys so they become very conversant with his tactics and all I believe we should rather play the match on the final day that FIFA has given us.”
Deen’s suggestion might however not go down well with many people who believe playing the match on Tuesday can affect productivity as it is a working day in Ghana.
But the Chief Executive of the African Origin Group of Companies believe sacrificing a working day for the benefit of the Black Stars is worthwhile especially as it will not be the first time a match is played on a working day.
“We have been able to play a match on a Friday and it worked for us then even under tighter schedules,” he added.
“I don’t think we will have a problem with attendance for this game which every Ghanaian I believe will want to see.
“Our interest should however be geared towards giving our team the best of preparations which also comes with enough time together as a group.
“The players and coach will get more time together, we will be able to detect hidden injuries if any and so on because this is simply a very crucial game and we can’t leave anything to chance.
“I really feel the Ghana FA should consider this strongly before making the proposed date official to FIFA by Friday. It will serve our team better.”