Black Stars coach CK Akonnor plans friendly matches ahead of AFCON double-header

Published on: 22 February 2021

Black Stars coach Charles Kwablan Akonnor has confirmed that his side will engage in friendly games before their 2021 African Cup of Nations double header qualifiers against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe next month.

Coach Akonnor recently named a 32-man home based players to begin preparation for the matches and had four days of residential camping in Accra before they were released to their clubs for this weekend's Ghana Premier League and Division One League fixtures.

According to CK Akonnor, the friendly games will adequately prepare the team and allow him to assess his players before they engage their Group C counterparts.

"We are looking at having friendly matches for the team before the two qualifying matches against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe when they resume training on Thursday," he told Graphic Sports.

"I am going to have them for over three weeks before the matches and I believe that will offer me enough time to assess them properly before the matches."

Ghana will be away to South Africa on March 22 before returning home to lock horns with Sao Tome on March 30, with a win from the two matches enough to guarantee them a place at the Nations Cup in Cameroun.