GFA Considering Playing in Accra For Ghana-Uganda AFCON Qualifier
The Ghana Football Association is yet to confirm a venue for the Black Stars opening African Cup of nations qualifier against Uganda on September 6.
Ghana takes on the Cranes in a crunch game next month in the first of six qualifying matches in group E, but the FA is yet to name an appropriate venue for the crucial encounter.
According to the FA Communications director, Ibrahim Sannie Darra, the FA is taking into consideration the traveling arrangement of the Black Stars as they will have to travel every week for a game hence wants to name a venue which will make traveling easy for the Stars.
The Black Stars will have to travel to play Togo in their second group game four days after taking on Uganda in Ghana.
“We all know we have played most of games in Kumasi, so we must also decide either to share between the two venues or the two Cities. Thus to play in Accra or to play in Kumasi. But is a view we must also consider the coach’s view in all of these things,” Sannie said.
“We should remember the qualifiers are just four weeks away so all of these things must be taken into consideration. Because in case we play the game on a Saturday or Sunday we take on Togo in the following three or four days. This obviously will make traveling difficult”.
“We are playing six matches in just three months. Those who will have an excellent travel arrangement will qualify. So in all of these things we want to take into consideration travel. Maybe you play Uganda in Kumasi, which means you have to come back to Accra and travel for the return encounter. So in good thinking you would probably want to say we should rather play the match in Accra and not use one day or so to travel again”.
“So if you play the match in Accra and finish around 6 O’clock, then you can straight away travel that night to wherever you have your next game”.
The Black Stars finds themselves in group E alongside Uganda, Togo and Guinea. Ghana takes on Uganda at home on September 6 before traveling to face neighbours Togo in their second game on September 10, and then complete the first round of matches by playing Guinea away on October 11.