Sports News Sat, 4 Sep 2021

Black Stars to travel by chartered flight to South Africa for World Cup qualifier

Ghana's Black Stars team will travel to Johannesburg via a chattered flight from Accra for the 2022 World Cup qualifier against South Africa on Monday.

A commercial flight option will get the Black Stars arriving in the Rainbow Nation on Sunday morning, just hours before their clash with the Bafana Bafana.

If that option is also exercised, it could also expose the players to the potential of contracting the coronavirus, which initially made European clubs reluctant to release the players for the match.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) with support from the Sports Ministry has decided to make the travel to the away match seamlessly to ensure the Black Stars arrive early for the match.

The cost of getting the special flight also turns out to be cheaper which makes it more of economic sense apart from the sporting reasons which has ensured the success of the Black Stars in the past.

The team is expected to embark on recovery training in Accra on Saturday before they make their journey to Johannesburg later in the day.

The West African giants will be hoping to make it two wins from two games when they play South Africa on September 6, 2021, at the FNB Stadium.

The team will leave Ghana on Saturday for the big game.

The Black Stars will train at the FNB Stadium on Sunday as they put in final touches before the encounter on Monday.

Meanwhile, the team will be without England and Germany based players due to travel restrictions by the associations of both countries.

The English FA and the German football federation have banned players playing in their leagues from travelling to red zone areas, which includes South Africa.

This means Daniel Amartey, Andy Yiadom, Baba Abdul Rahman and Jordan Ayew will not travel to South Africa. Daniel Kofi-Kyereh, who made his debut on Friday and Braydon Manu will also not go to South Africa.

Coach C.K Akonnor might be forced into making some drastic last-minute decisions including fielding some local players against the Bafana Bafana.

Ghana started the World Cup qualifiers on a winning note despite a hard-fought game at the Cape Coast stadium on Friday against Ethiopia.

Mubarak Wakaso's long-range strike beat the Ethiopia goalkeeper, who failed to grab for the first time.

Ghana lead group G with three points with South Africa and Zimbabwe on a point each after their draw early on Friday.
Source: ghanasoccernet.com
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