We’re prepared for South Africa – Charles Akonnor


Ghana coach, Charles Kwablan Akonnor is not worried by the absence of seven of his key players.

The Black Stars travelled to Johannesburg without some of their key players who will miss the game for various reasons .

England-based stars, Daniel Amartey, Jordan Ayew, Jeffrey Schlupp, Andy Yiadom and Baba Abdul Rahman were all ruled out of the clash due to Covid-19 restrictions in the United Kingdom while Kamaldeen Sulemana of Stade Rennes and St Pauli’s Daniel Kofi Kyereh were recalled by their respective clubs on Sunday.

Speaking to the media ahead of the clash at the FNB Stadium on Monday night, Akonnor said he had anticipated that things will not be smooth with the on-going pandemic affecting all countries worldwide.

“Don’t forget we invited 32 players because we were aware of the situation, so we are prepared,” he explained.

“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 happened so it’s not going to be an excuse,” he added.

South Africa drew 0-0 against Zimbabwe on Friday afternoon while Ghana defeated Ethiopia 1-0 at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium.

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos is still looking for his first victory since taking over the reigns in May. The Belgian technician has made it known that he is looking for four points in the first two games of the qualifiers.

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By Prince Sobayeni