Why Ghana camped in Qatar for the 2021 AFCON

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The Minister of Youth and Sports in Ghana, Hon. Mustapha Ussif, has revealed that the Black Stars team were camped in Doha to acclimatize with the weather before the upcoming FIFA World Cup.

The Black Stars spent three weeks in Qatar before leaving for the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon. The decision didn’t go down well with a myriad of football followers.

Speaking on the floor of parliament earlier this 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,” he said in Parliament on Wednesday.

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.

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