Local Black Stars Play The Gambia Today In WAFU Opener
| Updated Sep 09, 2017 at 12:37pm
Amos Frimpong and Patrick Razak (right) ready for the WAFU campaign. Courtesy/Daily Graphic
The national local-based senior side, Black Stars B, will be aiming to redeem their image when they play host to The Gambia this afternoon in the opening game of the WAFU Nations Cup tournament at the Cape Coast Stadium.
After failing to qualify for next year's African Nations Championship (CHAN), losing 3-4 on aggregate to Burkina Faso, Black Stars B will have an opportunity to appease Ghanaians by getting off their WAFU Cup campaign on a winning note and claiming the ultimate title on September 24.
Coach Maxwell Konadu and his players face a tough test as the host team playing under a weight of expectation to win the competition and $100,000 prize money at stake.
Having been handed the coaching role of the local-based side, after briefly deputising for Coach Kwasi Appiah until last week, all eyes will be on Konadu as he organises the players to put the team's CHAN failure behind them and show class in the sub-regional tournament.
Coach Konadu, who led Ghana to the final of the 2014 CHAN in South Africa, has had enough time with the players to put them in shape for the challenge ahead as the Premier League has been put on hold to enable the league’s finest players to prepare adequately for the WAFU Cup.
A win for the Ghanaian side is essential to create a feel-good atmosphere among Ghanaians to drive fans to the Cape Coast Stadium and the Nduom Sports Stadium at Elmina.
The Gambia on the other hand, will hope to upset Ghana despite playing against a side tipped to go past this weekend’s preliminary round.
And even though statistics favour Ghana, Burkina Faso’s 2-1 win over the Black Stars B in Kumasi last month provides enough warning that home advantage may not be enough to get past the Scorpions and even go far in the competition.
Coach Konadu knows too well that the CHAN failure puts the spotlight on him and his players to live up to expectation. And he is confident the Black Stars B will deliver the desired results.
“We know that as for Ghana even our West African counterparts respect us a lot, so we also have to live up to expectation,'' he said.
"Ghanaians are expecting a lot from us so we will also do our best to impress them”.
“I believe the boys will impress and make us proud.”
Ghana’s most authentic station with the nationwide coverage, GBC will telecast live all matches of the 5th edition of the West Africa Union Championship through GTV, GTV Sports and live commentary on all GBC Regional Stations across the country powered by Uniiq 95.7 Megahertz.
Meanwhile, the entire Black Stars B team have assured Ghanaians of a great WAFU championship after their disappointing performance against Burkina Faso in the CHAN qualifier, which saw them missing out on the Kenya tournament.
The Black Stars B are paired in Group A alongside Gambia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Mali, Mauritania, Guinea and Guinea Bissau.
The Stars are ready to put smiles back on the faces of Ghanaians again by winning the WAFU tournament.
FIXTURES FOR ZONE A
GHANA VS GAMBIA
NIGERIA VS SIERRA LEONE
MALI VS MAURITANIA
GUINEA VS GUINEA BISSAU
FIXTURES FOR ZONE B
SENEGAL VS LIBERIA
BURKINA FASO VS NIGER
COTE D’IVOIR VS TOGO
BENIN VS CAPE VERDE
GHANA'S FINAL 18 MAN SQUAD FOR WAFU Cup of Nations
1. Joseph Addo – Aduana Stars
2. Felix Annan – Asante Kotoko
3. Amos Frimpong – Asante Kotoko SC
4. Ahmed Adams – Asante Kotoko SC
5. Samuel Sarfo – Liberty Professionals
6. Vincent Atinga – Hearts of Oak
7. Emmanuel Ampiah – Elmina Sharks FC
8. Daniel Darkwah – Aduana Stars
9. Thomas Abbey – Hearts of Oak
10. Patrick Razak – Hearts of Oak
11. Isaac Twum – Inter Allies FC
12. Kelvin Andoh – Wa All Stars
13. Gideon Waja – WAFA SC
14. Winful Cobbinah – Hearts of Oak
15. Richmond Lamptey– WAFA SC
16. Seidu Salifu – Unattached
17. Stephen Sarfo – Berekum Chelsea
18. Kwame Kizito – Hearts of Oak
Panel discussions starts at exactly 2pm and kickoff is at 3pm live on GTV, GTV sports and all GBC digital platforms