Ghana’s Black Stars B will descend on the Stade du 4 Août (August 4 Stadium) in Ouagadougou this afternoon with a mission to fight for a favourable result against neighbouring Burkina Faso and ease the pressure on them in the return leg at the Baba Yara Stadium next Sunday.
The 32-man contingent, led by the Management Committee chairman of the Black Stars B, Nii Komiete Doku, checked in at the Palace Hotel in Ouagadougou on Wednesday night with the sole aim of brightening their qualification chances towards the Kenya 2018 Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) after missing the boat to the last event in Rwanda last year.
The Ghanaians are just two legs away from picking one of the three West Zone B tickets to Kenya 2018 and coaches Kwasi Appiah and Maxwell Konadu are bent on making a mark this time round with a bunch of determined home-based players.
The solid 18-man squad which made the trip are goalkeepers Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko) and Joseph Addo (Aduana Stars), Amos Frimpong (Asante Kotoko), Daniel Darkwah (Aduana Stars), Awal Mohammed (Asante Kotoko), Musah Nuhu (WAFA SC), Samuel Sarfo (Liberty Professionals) and Moro Ibrahim (Bolga All Stars).
The midfielders are Gideon Waja (WAFA SC), Isaac Twum (Inter Allies), Winful Cobbinah (Hearts of Oak), Farouk Mohammed (Elmina Sharks), Patrick Razak (Hearts of Oak), Zakaria Mumuni (Aduana Stars), Thomas Abbey (Hearts of Oak), and Emmanuel Gyamfi (Asante Kotoko), with Sadick Adams (Asante Kotoko) and Felix Addo (Elmina Sharks) as the arrowheads.
The team’s morale will be boosted by the presence of the president of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, who was scheduled to arrive in camp on Friday.
The Ghanaians go into the game with an impressive record of five wins against The Gambia, Togo, Inter Allies, Great Olympics and Elmina Sharks, while the Stallions also look well prepared for the game after embarking on a training tour abroad.
The Black Stars B, two-time finalists of the competition in 2009 and 2014, are expected to overcome every frustration from their opponents, with skipper Awal Mohammed as the commander on the field.