2026 WCQ: 24 players hold first Black Stars training at UG Sports Stadium

On the first day of the Black Stars’ preparations for the upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Mali and the Central African Republic, 24 players trained at the University of Ghana Stadium.

The Black Stars gathered in Accra on Thursday, May 30, to begin their training camp for these crucial matches.

Except for Osman Bukari and Alexander Djiku, all players participated in the training session on Friday.

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Bukari’s delayed arrival is due to his transfer from Red Star Belgrade to Major League Soccer side Austin FC, while Djiku is being evaluated for an arm injury sustained at the end of the Turkish Super Lig season.

Ghana is eager to bounce back after a mixed start in Group I, having secured one win and one loss in their first two matches.

The Black Stars began their campaign with a 1-0 victory over Madagascar in Kumasi but then suffered a 1-0 defeat to Comoros in Moroni.

The training squad includes Lawrence Ati-Zigi, Fredrick Asare, Joseph Wollacott, Alidu Seidu, Tariq Lamptey, Salisu Mohammed, Jerome Opoku, Abdul Mumin, Thomas Partey, Salis Abdul Samed, Gideon Mensah, Ebenezer Annan, Mohammed Kudus, Ernest Nuamah, Ibrahim Sulemana, Edmund Addo, Elisha Owusu, and Abu Francis.

Other players present are Abdul Fatawu Issahaku, Antoine Semenyo, Jordan Ayew, Ibrahim Osman, Kamal Deen Sulemana, and Brandon Thomas-Asante.

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Training sessions will continue at the University of Ghana Stadium today, June 1, 2024.

Ghana will play against Mali in Bamako on June 6 and then host the Central African Republic at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on June 10.

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