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23.03.2009 Football News

Stars hold first training session ahead of Benin game

Stars hold first training session ahead of Benin game

Ghana's Black Stars have undertaking their first training

session ahead of Sunday's crucial Group “D” 2010 World Cup/Africa Cup of

Nations against Benin.
Only 11 of the 22-member squad were present at the session held on Monday

afternoon at the Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra under the instructions of head coach

Milovan Rajevac.
The players at training included six foreign-based ones, made up of Jonathan

Quartey (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa), Jonathan Mensah (Free State Stars, South

Africa), Samuel Yeboah (Hapoel Tel Aviv, Israel), John Paintsil (Fulham, England),

Nana Akwasi Asare (KV Mechelen, Belgium) and Moussa Narry (Auxerre, France).

The local component includes Philemon MacCarthy (Hearts of Oak), Harrison

Afful (Fetteh Feyenoord), Samuel Inkoom (Asante Kotoko), Rahim Ayew (Eleven

Wise) and Daniel Yeboah (Heart of Lions).
The session lasted for more than 30 minutes as Coach Rajevac and his charges

tried out some tactics ahead of the crucial match.
A source close to the Stars technical team hinted GNA Sports Stars that captain

Stephen Appiah and the rest are expected by the close of Monday.

The Stars are expected to leave for Kumasi on Thursday where they will continue

with their warm up training ahead of the match at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, the

venue of the match 0n Sunday, March 29.
The Stars will also play Mali and Sudan in the final round qualifiers for the first

World Cup to be staged on African soil, come 2010 in South Africa.