Black Stars arrive in Johannesburg for Ethiopia game


Black Stars have landed in Johannesburg where they aim to beat Ethiopia in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Thursday.

Ethiopia opted to play the match at the Orlando Stadium after CAF banned them from using their home ground, the Bahir Bar Stadium, because it does not meet the required standards for a Fifa World Cup qualifier coupled with the troubles in the Tigray region.

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Black Stars arrived on Wednesday with the technical team led by Milovan Rajevac and the playing body by captain Andre Ayew.

Meanwhile, Deputy Captain Thomas Partey isn’t included as he is still in London because of a groin injury.

US-based Jonathan Mensah – injured – and youngster Felix Afena-Gyan also didn’t make the trip. For the latter, his club AS Roma refused to release him.

Ghana are second in Group G with nine points, one behind leaders South Africa who play Zimbabwe in the same city, raising the stakes in the group.

Should both Ghana and South Africa win their respective games, the group winner will be decided on Sunday at the Cape Coast Stadium where the two meet.