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Ghana to camp in Ethiopia for world cup qualifiers

23 May 2013, 14:01

Accra - Ghana's Black Stars will camp in Ethiopia ahead of the double-header World Cup qualifying matches against Sudan and Lesotho next month, the Ghana Football Association said here Wednesday.

The head coach of the side, James Kwesi Appiah, made this known when he revealed his final training plans for June's 2014 World Cup qualifiers in Khartoum on June 7 and Maseru on June 16.

The Black Stars will start non-residential camping in Accra on May 27 before flying out to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on May 30 where they will be camping until June 5 when they arrive in Khartoum for the Sudan game.

The team will then travel to Johannesburg on June 9 and train in the South African capital for four days before departing for Maseru for the match against Lesotho, the GFA said.

Ghana has ruled out playing any friendly match before next month's World Cup qualifiers against Sudan and Lesotho.

The West African country earlier cancelled a planned soccer friendly match against Kenya on June 1 in Nairobi, and was forced to make alternative arrangements and plans following its inability to assemble top stars on time for the game, as well as to effect a change in the date for its World Cup qualifier against Sudan.

"The reasons for the cancellation are that the date for our qualifying match with Sudan has been shifted from the June 9 to June 7. This thereby forces us to adopt new plans," the Ghanaian FA said in a letter to the Kenyan Football Association (KFA) last week.

A few days later, reports emerged that they had approached Uganda for a friendly but the GFA has dismissed the reports.

Ghana lies second in Group D of the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifications with six points, a point behind former African champions Zambia who are on seven points.

The team needs to win its remaining matches, including the tough test against Zambia in Accra in September, to book a place for the world cup scheduled for Brazil in 2014.

- Xinhua

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