Black Stars start training ahead of Egypt clash


The Black Stars held their first training session at the Cape Coast Stadium on Tuesday afternoon ahead of Sunday’s last African qualifier for the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.

Twenty-one(21) players including captain Asamoah Gyan took part in the session at the match venue against runaway Group winners Egypt.

The Turkish-based striker was making a return to the squad after missing last month’s matches against Uganda and Saudi Arabia.

Newcomers Nana Ampomah and Nasiru Mohammed also trained with the senior national for the first time.

Bologna midfielder Godfred Donsah was joining his international teammates for the first time despite receiving two call-ups under Avram Grant but was sidelined by injuries.

The only players absent were defender Harrison Afful and striker Patrick Twumasi, who recently lifted the Kazakh Premier League for the fourth successive time with giants Astana.

After the session, Gyan called on Ghanaians to rally behind the team in their final qualifying game.

“I expect Cape Coast fans to come in their numbers and support the Black Stars. This is the first time we playing in-front of the Cape Coast because most the players have not played here before likewise many fans not being able to see lots of these stars,”

“So it’s going to be a 50-50 thing, so am pleading for everyone to support and I also entreat the journalist to promote the game to improve the numbers at the stadium.”

Kwesi Appiah and his backroom staff will continue to train on Wednesday for the redundant qualifier.