TRAINING REPORT: Black Stars hits the gym; Inaki Williams report to camp ahead of the AFCON 2024 in Ivory Coast.

Four-time African champions, the Black Stars of Ghana had Day 4 of their Pre-tournament camping in Abrankese, Kumasi ahead of the African Cup of Nations 2024 in Ivory Coast. Initially, the Black Stars of Ghana decided to pitch camping in Johannesburg, the capital of South Africa ahead of the tournament but the decision was later changed to Kumasi, the capital of Ashanti Region.

However, the Black Stars of Ghana have been training at the Dr. Kwame Kyei Sports Complex, the home grounds of Ghana Premier League debutants Nations Football with twenty-five out of twenty-seven players named by Coach Chris Hughton for the African Cup of Nations for the past three days.

Inaki Williams of Athletic Club de Bilbao and West Ham United’s “star boy” Mohammed Kudus were the players yet to report to the Black Stars of Ghana camp until Inaki Williams was finally cleared by his team Athletic Club de Bilbao to the team ahead of the African Cup of Nations and it will be Inaki Williams’ first ever African Cup of Nations appearance after switching nationality from Spain to Ghana ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

In the past three days, Coach Chris Hughton and his boys have been doing ball work and went for some gym workouts in their second training session today.

With Mohammed Kudus the only player to report, here are list of players are camp:

Goalkeepers:
Lawrence Ati Zigi
Jojo Wollacot
Richard Ofori

Defenders:
Denis Odoi
Kingsley Schindler
Gideon Mensah
Abdul Fatawu Hamidu
Mohammed Salisu
Daniel Amartey
Alexander Djiku
Nicholas Opoku
Alidu Seidu

Midfielders:
Abdul Salis Samed
Baba Iddrisu
Majeed Ashimeru
Richmond Lamptey
Elisha Owusu
Mohammed Kudus*
Ransford K. Yeboah
Andre Ayew.

Wingers:
Osman Ibrahim
Joseph Paintsil
Ernest Nuamah
Jordan Ayew

Forwards:
Inaki Williams
Jonathan Sowah
Antoine Semenyo.

The Black Stars of Ghana had their gymnastics work at the Metro gym in Angola, Kumasi before moving to their hotel, Golden Bean Hotel in Ahodwo, Kumasi.

English Premier League player of the month of December nominee Mohammed Kudus is expected to report before the close of the week before the friendly against the Brave Warriors of Namibia at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi before they depart to Ivory Coast. Mohammed Kudus has scored nine goals and provided an assist this season for West Ham United since joining from Ajax.

The Black Stars of Ghana will play their first group game against the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde at the Stade Felix Houphouet in Abidjan on Sunday, January 14, 2024. Moreover, Ghana will face Egypt on Thursday, January 18 at the Stade Felix Houphouet and lock horns with Mozambique on Monday, January 22 at Stade Ebimpe all in Abidjan.

Ghana is paired in Group B with the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde, The Pharaohs of Egypt, and The Mambas of Mozambique.

 

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