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6 September 2013 | Sports News

Southern Africa's Zambia, gradually seem to be the most troubling contender for Ghana in this 2014 FIFA world cup qualifier. These two teams ahead of the crucial and decisive heddle-ledge are confident their victorious flags will upsurge at their various countries after Friday's clash.

The black Stars of Ghana are set to host the Chipolopolos of Zambia at the Baba Yara sports stadium on Friday.

The Zambian national team has raised several concerns as to been ill treated by their Ghanaian opponents.

The Zambians, who were expected to hit Ghana on Wednesday as they communicated to the Ghana football Association, were nowhere close to Ghana as at the late hours of the Wednesday with an excuse of been deprived a landing permit.

It is reported the Chipolopolos wanted a direct flight from their capital city, Lusaka to Kumasi, a local airport that was undergoing maintenance at the moment. According to FIFA's regulation on flight-issues, it is outlined that the guest team is expected to land in the capital city of the host nation before being drifted to the venue of attraction.

The team then extended their apprehensions to FIFA that Ghana has deliberately decided to push the Zambian team to be frustrated in their quest ahead of the game on Friday.

At their arrival in Ghana on Thursday, the team was not allowed to train at the Baba Yara Sports stadium on Thursday evening. According to a Zambian journalist (Zambian Broadcasting Corporation), Chiko Mokoka, the team was told they had arrived late at the grounds and that their training time had elapsed.

' The team did not have enough time to train in Zambia due to the unfortunate incident that occurred with Ghana's aviation authorities but they were prevented from training at the Baba Yara stadium yesterday because the team was told they were late.' Chiko told Asempa fm.

He explained after the team was denied access to the stadium, they decided to train at the fore court of the stadium but the unreceptive crowd did not allow the team. He condemned this act saying it does not be- fit Ghana and negatively affect the continent.

'In the African continent, this is not new thing, but it should stop because it doesn't speak well of the continent. The world will have a bad impression about we the blacks. You shouldn't frustrate your opponent to win a match'.

He also raised concerns that, the Zambian fans are encountering ticketing problems because the Ghana FA did not reserve tickets for the opponents.

In response to this, the Ghana Football Association (GFA), has described their (Zambia) mannerism as a mind game to distract Ghana.


According to a member of the Ghana Football association, Lawyer Kwaku Ayeah, the Zambians are encountering these problems at their own cost not that of the Ghana FA.

In his explanation, he noted that, the Zambians failed to communicate their plans to the GFA weeks ahead of the crucial match.

' Anytime they were asked about their plans, they gave an excuse they will get back to us (GFA)they sent scouts to Ghana for more than 14 days ago so they decided they wont allow the GFA manage anything for them, rather depend on their scouts' lawyer said in an interview on Asempa Fm.

' GFA does not control the civil aviation, we only facilitate. We never heard from them, all we heard was they wanted to fly straight to Kumasi in a charted flight.. the aviation authorities knew best so they had to land in Accra and continue to Kumasi' he added.

Mr. Ayeah disclosed that the Zambians refused to give the necessary information for the necessary reservations.' where did the Ghana FA go wrong???'.

The Zambians are the cause of their own problems or they are being ill-treated by the Ghanaians.

From: Nana Ama Adez Essel

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