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17.01.2005 Football News

Black Stars Miss out on West African Tourney

By JOY ONLINE
Black Stars Miss out on West African Tourney

The failure of Ghana to get into the top four of the continents ranking has cost the senior national team the Black Stars the chance to represent at the maiden mini-WAFU tournament.

The Black Stars now positioned 77th in the latest FIFA world rankings were omitted from the maiden competition because of their placing.

All four participating teams were selected by virtue of their current standings in the FIFA world rankings.

Ghana rivals Nigeria together with Senegal, Mali and Cote d' Ivoire would be competing for the trophy of unity, an initiative of the West African Football Union-WAFU.

The competition that would be kicking off from February 23rd to the 24th would see the four participating countries fielding an entirely locally based squad as the WAFU requirements stipulate.

Kwesi Nyantakyi, the vice chairman of the Ghana Football Association and chairman of WAFU's technical and development committee told Joy Sports that the competition would encompass all sixteen nations after the maiden tournament.

The FA vice chairman also stated that the competition is aimed at reviving the domestic football leagues and also promote local talents

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