Ghana Without Five Stars Vs Bafana
Ghana have suffered a blow ahead of their FIFA World Cup qualifier against South Africa on Monday.
The Black Stars who won their opening game 1-0 against Ethiopia will miss five players from that win because South Africa counts as a red-listed country for English-based players.
As a consequence, Daniel Amartey, Jeffrey Schlupp (both Leicester City), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace), Baba Abdul Rahman and Andrew Yiadom (both (Reading FC) were not part of the traveling party to South Africa, while Thomas Partey had already stayed in England due to an ankle injury.
“Don’t forget we invited 32 players because we were aware of the situation, so we are prepared,” coach Charles Akonnor said ahead of the match.
“We knew that the England based players might not come here with us because of the COVID-19 situation and so we were prepared and we knew exactly what will happen so it’s not going to be an excuse.
“The whole issue has been a problem, not just me but other national team coaches across the World. Today, you have a plan, tomorrow you wake up and a player has COVID-19 and he cannot join the team.
“Others are not allowed to join the team for the same reason. I don’t know if CAF and FIFA are handling the situation well because one may ask, can’t we play somewhere else if we cannot bring our players here.
“There are so many questions to answer and its not making us comfortable. It’s so difficult. We come under severe pressure from our Nation, we have to win at all cost yet this COVID-19 issue has become a major setback and I don’t know if CAF and FIFA are handling the situation very well.”
South Africa last beat Ghana in a friendly match in 2010 and have lost two of their five clashes since.