GFA lacks funds to organise friendly matches for Black Stars, says Saanie Daara


The Black Stars will have to wait for June before they can play any game since the football association seems to be struggling to raise funds following recent decisions taken by the government

Ghana Football Association communication director Ibrahim Saanie Daara has revealed that they could not attract any country for an international friendly in March since the association doesn’t have the financial resources to pay for costs involved.

The Black Stars were reported to have planned to lock horns with the Reggae Boys of Jamaica this weekend but negotiations fell through after the Concacaf country revealed that Ghana FA will be paying their bills including flight tickets and bonuses.

Already, the country’s ministry of youth and sports had revealed that, government wasn’t prepared to continue with the footing of the Black Stars’ friendlies as they seek to save money and solve other pressing issues.

“If the funds [to organise matches] are not available, there is very little we can do about it,” Saani Daara said.

“We don’t have any opponent to play against for this window. The only match we have lined up will be in June when we take on Iceland in a pre-World Cup friendly as they will be using it to prepare.

“It is about cost and this is a decision the country has to make, if we don’t have friendly matches we must organise them and pay for it,” he added.

According to AshesGyamera‘s sources, the complete take over of Unibank by Bank of Ghana, following the financial institution’s liquidation dur to improper management, has added insult to injury, as they were one of the two sponsors of the Black Stars.

The decision to pull out of the friendly will affect Kwesi Appiah’s plans to qualify and win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations to be stage in Cameroon since the Black Stars didn’t qyalify to the 2018 Fifa World Cup.

Ghana is ranked 54th in the FIFA World ranking released for the month of February.


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