Stars pop up in Abu Dhabi

15 years ago

Ghana’s camp base in Abu Dhabi, a city with rich historic background dating back to some 200 years ago, has remained busy since the Black Stars arrived late Wednesday for their pre-African Cup of Nations training camp.

The team has kept to its strict camping rules devoid of any destruction as Ghana prepares for the competition with more than half the number of the 27-man playing team training twice a day under Claude Le Roy.

First to touch down in the beautiful city before the travelling party from Accra, Ghana’s capital, was Quincy Owusu Abeyie.

The Celta Vigo striker, has joined the Ghana team, his first meeting with the rest of the Black Stars for an assignment since Ghana mooted the idea to have his nationality switched despite having played for the Dutch Under-21 team.

World soccer governing body, FIFA are yet to decide the striker’s status to enable him make that switch.

Other players have jetted in already from their various bases in Europe.

And the numbers at Ghana’s camp would increase on Saturday morning when Moussa Narry and Junior Agogo arrive in camp.

Then on Sunday, a complete team would be available to Claude Le Roy when Bernard Yao Kumordzi and Sammy Adjei join their colleagues.

Also joining in on Sunday would be the English-based group of four; Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, John Paintsil and Richard Kingson.

Stephen Appiah, who is ruled out of the competition due to injury would join his colleagues next week in a non-playing capacity, rather, he would be present to inspire his mates to claim glory.

Ghana squad


Richard Kingson (Birmingham City, England), Sammy Adjei (Ashdod, Israel), Fatau Dauda (Ashantigold, Ghana)


John Paintsil (West Ham, England), Dan Opare (Ashantigold, Ghana), Nana Kwasi Asare (FC Mechelon, Belgium), John Mensah (Rennes, France), Alhassan Illiasu (FC Saturn, Russia), Francis Dickoh (FC Utretcht, Holland) Hans Adu Sarpei (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany), Harrison Afful (Asante Kotoko, Ghana)


Anthony Annan (I.K. Start, Norway), Eric Addo (PSV Eindhoven, Holland), Michael Essien (Chelsea, England), Bernard Kumodzi (Panionios FC, Greece), Laryea Kingston (Hearts, Scotland), Haminu Draman (Locomotiv Moscow, Russia), Moussa Narry (Etoile du Sahel, Tunisia), Stephen Appiah (Fenerbahce, Turkey), Sulley Muntari (Portsmouth, England), Andre Ayew (Olympique Marseille, France), Ahmed Barruso (AS Roma, Italy)


Matthew Amoah (NAC Breda, Holland), Asamoah Gyan (Udinese, Italy), Baffuor Gyan (FC Saturn, Russia), Junior Agogo (Nottingham Forest, England), Quincy Owusu-Abeyie (Celta Vigo, Spain), Kwadwo Asamoah (Liberty Professionals, Ghana).