The Communications Director of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Henry Asante Twum has debunked a revelation from the Minister of Youth and Sports (MoYS), Hon. Mustapha Ussif, that the Black Stars team were camped in Doha for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) to acclimatize with the weather before the upcoming FIFA World Cup.
The Black Stars spent three weeks in Qatar before leaving for the ongoing AFCON in Cameroon. The decision didn’t go down well with a myriad of football followers.
Speaking on the floor of parliament last week in the wake of the team’s disastrous showdown in Cameroon, Hon. Mustapha Ussif revealed that the team camped in Qatar to acclimatize with the weather before the FIFA World Cup to take place in Qatar later this year.
“The ministry and the GFA agreed to camp in Doha because the Black Stars have the opportunity to qualify for the World Cup and we are going to play Nigeria.
“If we get the opportunity to qualify then it’s only important the players acclimatize,” Hon. Mustapha Ussif said in Parliament last week.
Nevertheless, the spokesperson of the FA, Henry Asante Twum has downplayed the revelation, stating that the team camped in Doha to seek for high profile friendly games.
“We didn’t go to Qatar to acclimatize but to seek high profile friendlies. Despite already sealing a date with Algeria, we were even in talks with Gambia and Egypt,” Henry said on Asempa FM.
Despite the camping in Qatar, the Black Stars endured their worst display in the history of the AFCON.
Ghana were knocked out of the group stages of the tournament in Cameroon with a point. The team lost 1-0 to Morocco in the first group game, threw an early lead to draw 1-1 against Gabon in the second game and lost 3-2 to minnows Comoros in the final group game.
The disappointing performance led to the sacking of Head Coach Milovan Rajevac and the dissolving of the Technical team and Management Commitee of the team.
Per reports, former Black Stars midfielder and Assistant Coach of Borussia Dortmund, Otto Addo has agreed to occupy the vacant Black Stars managerial role on interim basis. He will lead the team in the playoff of the World Cup qualifiers against Nigeria in March.