The Ghana Under-20 male team has rejected an artificial training field offered by hosts Ethiopia ahead of Sunday’s 2017 Africa I-20 Cup of Nations qualifier in Addis Ababa.
The decision, team coach Mas-ud Dramani insists, is due to the fact that the Zambia 2017 second round first leg qualifier will Be played on natural grass
“The match will be played on a natural grass but they offered us an artificial ground (to train). I told them astro is not what the official game will be played on and that we want to have a feel of a natural one.
“We will start training (this morning) – a reawakening session which will be some walking and series of movement just to aid blood circulation. In the afternoon, we will train at the match time and tomorrow (Saturday) also we will continue at the match venue at 4pm local time..”
Coach Dramani however mentioned that reception from the hosts has been good since arrival in the Ethiopian capital Thursday night.
“We arrived safely and we were met on arrival by our hosts and officials of the Ghanaian embassy. We had a smooth reception unlike when I came with the Black Princesses…
“The protocol officer here is someone I worked with during the club licensing. They quickly moved us to the hotel we had arranged”
“We are very prepared for the and we are hoping for a good results. The two friendly games we played against Cameroon and China helped us to rectify our mistakes. We want to have marginal errors and we are very positive we will return home with good results.”
Ghana will host the second leg on the weekend of June 10-12, 2016. The team to advance will face either Tunisia or Senegal in the third round, the final qualification phase later in July. At the end, seven teams will join hosts Zambia for the Championship set for February 26-March 12, 2017.