AFCON 2023: The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has announced the relocation of the Black Stars preparatory camp for CAN 2023 from Johannesburg, South Africa to Kumasi.
This decision follows a review meeting between management and the technical team, which marks a deviation from the initial plan.
Initially scheduled to begin their training camp in South Africa from Sunday December 31, 2023, for ten days in preparation for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast, the Black Stars will now set up camp in Kumasi from Tuesday on. January 2, 2023.
In addition to this change, the international friendly match against Botswana scheduled for Monday January 8, 2023 in Johannesburg has been canceled.
The Football Association assured fans that a new opponent for the team would be announced soon as part of the build-up to the tournament.
Additionally, the team’s training in Kumasi will take place behind closed doors, without access to the public and media.
However, an exception is made for a special session with the media. The friendly match, which replaces the clash against Botswana, will be open to the public, followed by a post-match press conference.
Ghana, placed in Group B alongside footballing powerhouses Egypt, Cape Verde and Mozambique, will begin the CAN 2023 campaign against Cape Verde on Sunday, January 14.
Subsequent group stage matches include clashes with Egypt on January 18 and Mozambique on January 22.
The decision to change the camping location follows public fury over the initial announcement of South Africa as the venue for the 10 days of preparation.
Critics say the decision failed to take into account the financial implications in the circumstances, as well as the weather differences between South Africa and Ivory Coast.