Vice President of the Ghana Football Association, George Afriyie has attributed the rocky relationship with the ministry for their inability to play more pre- Afcon matches but has nonetheless hailed Black Stars players’ attitude towards training in Dubai ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations which begins this weekend in Gabon.
The Black Stars have failed to secure a competitive match ahead of the tournament which the FA has charged Avram Grant to win the trophy. The team defeated Bunyokdor by 2:0 in Dubai as part of the preparation toward the tournament.
There has been hugely disagreement between the Sports Ministry and the FA. The outgone Sports Minister, Nii Lante Vanderpuye indicated that he outfit has drawn a budget for the team ahead of the tournament but according to the FA, what the ministry gave is not enough and if care is not taken what happened in Brazil in 2014 will happen in Gabon.
“You know the ministry suggested that we camp in Equatorial Guinea while that FA insisted on Dubai that also affected our preparations a bit.” the FA Vice-President told Asempa FM
“The training has been going on very well in Dubai. The players are responding very well and this has led to intense competition among the players for positions into the starting XI and that is healthy for every team.
“Every player at the camp is doing his best and hoping to catch the eye of the Avram Grant ahead of AFCON and that has generated a fierce competition. This is undoubtedly a clear sign of determination and focus for the team and it will help in achieving our target,” he added.
The Black Stars have been paired with Egypt, Uganda and Mali in Group and will open their campaign against Uganda on January 17.