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Ghana Government Minister: We are ready to host 2018 CHAN – 2018 CHAN


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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Sep 28, 2017. 16:00


Ghana is ready to host the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), according to the country’s Minister of Youth and Sport, Issac Asiamah.

Next year’s continental competition is without a host country after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) declared that Kenya would not be ready.

The East African nation was stripped of host rights due to falling behind schedule in their venue preparation and worries over political instability.

CAF has opened a new bidding process for the tournament, which is scheduled to be staged from 12 January to 4 February next year.

Ghana Minister Asiamah insists that the country is ready to host CHAN, having successfully staged the WAFU Cup of Nations earlier this month.

The regional competition saw 16 West African teams play a total of 24 matches across two venues – and that did not include Ghana’s premier stadiums such as those in Kumasi and Accra.

“I’m adamant Ghana is ready, at any point in time, to host any CAF tournament,” Asiamah told Asempa FM, as quoted by Joy Online.

South Africa have already declared that they have no intention of bidding for the tournament, leaving Ghana as one of the clear favourites to become the new hosts.



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Gyan pays for charter flight after Ghana government reneges – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Sep 06, 2017. 14:00


Ghana’s Black Stars returned to Accra yesterday on a chartered flight sponsored by captain Asamoah Gyan.

This is after the Ghanaian government allegedly pulled out of an initial agreement to fly the team out of Brazzaville on Tuesday night following their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Congo.

After defeating the Red Devils 5-1 to somewhat revive their hopes of qualification for Russia 2018, the Ghana team was facing a lengthy return to their home country via commercial routes.

This may have seen European-based players only returning to their clubs by Friday, which could have resulted in disciplinary action or the loss of a place in the weekend’s matchday squad.

Gyan didn’t play in the match in Brazzaville due to a groin strain, but still travelled with the team to provide moral support.

And his presence later ensured that Ghana were able to land back at Kotoka International Airport in Accra just four hours after the game in Congo.



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