It appears Congo carried out their threats of making the Black Stars go through alleged frustrations endured when they arrived in the Ghana airspace for last Friday’s World Cup qualifier in Kumasi.
A 42-man Congo delegation was grounded by the Ghana Immigration Service at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra and denied their wish to land at the Kumasi Airport straight from Brazzaville.
Footy-Ghana.com reported that the Congolese team was prevented due to the size of the aircraft they were traveling. It was described as one too ‘large’ to park at the Kumasi Airport for over 24 hours.
Amidst the frustrations, all manner of allegations were thrown at Ghana of which some slipped into threats of a retaliation when the Black Stars take their turn for the reverse on Tuesday, September 4.
And it seems the case happened when the Ghana national team arrived in Congo on Monday night .
According to a report on the Ghana FA official website, “the Black Stars had some frustrations on arrival at the Maya Maya Airport as it took two hours for the team to be cleared to go through immigration despite assistance from the Ghana consulate in Congo.”
“Management encouraged the players not to be dejected by the treatment meted out to the team on arrival, urging them to focus on the game to be played on Tuesday.
“The Black Stars were taken to their team hotel after being cleared through customs,” it added.
Coach Kwasi Appiah and his team of 21 players had earlier in the day trained at the Accra Sports Stadium before the departure to the Congolese capital for the game.
The delegation was led by Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi, his deputy George Afriyie and Black Stars management committee member Wilfred Osei Kwaku.
Ghana are seeking to grab their first win of Group E of the qualifiers as a victory in Brazzaville and a draw in the group’s other between Egypt and Uganda could spark some life into the Black Stars qualification chances.
Ghana trail Group E leaders Uganda by five points and Egypt by four points after picking up just two points from their first three games of the qualifiers.
The Congo-Ghana game kicks off at 14:30 GMT.