In an attempt to minimise distraction, former Ghana captain Stephen Appiah is demanding that the Ghana Football Association (GFA) complete its pre-Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) preparations for the Black Stars.
Appiah’s remarks come in the wake of a recent admission made by Evans Opoku Bobie, the deputy minister for the Ministry of Youth and Sports, that the team’s camp location was unknown to his ministry before to the 2023 AFCON.
In an interview, Bobie stated that in front of another continental quest in the Ivory Coast, the GFA had not yet presented its intentions to the ministry.
With 33 days remaining until the event, Appiah told Joy Sports that if problems like the camping location are not resolved, the players might become preoccupied.
“[Not knowing where to pitch camp at this point] brings a lot of distraction because, at the end of the day when you are going to a tournament, you want everything to be done ahead of time,” he said.
“Here we are, we still don’t know the venue where the team will go and camp.
“We hope that whatever is happening, they [GFA] know better. They should finalise everything so the boys will go to camp in peace. They will represent Ghana well in Cote d’Ivoire and we will see what they will come out with.”
The 2023 AFCON will kick off on January 13 and conclude on February 11, 2024.