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Black Stars to play in mini-tournament in Austria

In their bid to ensure a meaningful impact in the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, the management committee in conjuction with the technical bench of the Black Stars are working hard to get good opponents to test the Stars.

Asempanews.com has been informed by a member of the Black Stars Management Committee that they have secured a mini-tournament in Europe, specifically Austria for skipper Andre Dede Ayew and his colleagues.

Arrangements and negotiation are far advanced and in no time the Black Stars will leave for Austria to honour the competition. Last month Coach Otto Addo led the team to participate in another mini tourney on the Asia land – Japan.

It was a four-nation tournament dubbed “Kirin Cup”. Japan hosted Ghana, Tunisia and Chile. The Black Stars first lost to Japan 4-1. They bounced back powerfully to beat Chile 3-1 on penalties after a goalless draw in regulation time to win bronze medals.

Prior to the tournament the Black Stars had beaten Madagascar 3-0 and drew 1-1 against Central Africa Republic in the AFCON 2023 qualifiers in Kumasi and Angola respectively.

Coach Otto Addo says playing friendly matches against foreign teams are always important when you have crucial matches ahead. “Yes it’s good to test your strength against good teams outside ahead of the world cup. It broadens your idea about the opposition you are likely to meet when you get to Qatar” he noted.

Ghana has one Asian side, Korea Republic in their Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup group. It has one European side, Portugal to contend with in Group H. South American side – Uruguay who eliminated the Black Stars at the quarter finals in South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup are also in Group H.

Uruguay are the only former world cup champions among the four teams in Group H. They hosted the first ever world cup in 1930 and won it successfully. They came back to win it for the second time in 1950 and that was their last world cup truimph.

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