Neither side in Saturday’s contest has anything but pride to fight for, but seats at the game shouldn’t be vacant
By: KickerGH Staff
Few see any reason to be present on September 3 when Ghana takes on Rwanda in their final Afcon 2017 qualifier, with the hosts’ ticket already picked up as Group H winners and the visitors long out of contention for a place in Gabon next year. Still, from a Ghanaian perspective, there is no shortage of reasons to be at the Accra Sports Stadium for the game and, below, KickerGH attempts to convince you not to miss it.
STARS WITHOUT STAKES
While the Black Stars‘ playing body — especially its foreign-based members — might justifiably feel rawly dealt with by the Ministry of Youth and Sports over unpaid ticket fares and slashed bonuses for the ‘stale’ Rwanda game, this occasion presents the team (particularly those actors in the unfortunate Brazil 2014 drama still around) the opportunity to redeem itself and prove that playing for Ghana isn’t all about the money and other accompanying luxuries. That mission has been partly fulfilled by the willingness of the invited professionals to cater for their own travel expenses, but would they be just as eager to give their best — in a dead rubber, no less — for only half the ‘usual’ fee?
Be there to witness and judge for yourself.
‘LAST’ DAY IN ACCRA?
Ghana’s next competitive home game would be against Uganda exactly a month from Saturday in the team’s opening 2018 Fifa World Cup Group E qualifier and, given the general apathy fans in Accra have lately displayed when the Stars have been on show in the capital, it’s likely another venue — preferably Kumasi, but with Cape Coast and Tamale also probable options — would be chosen to honour that date and subsequent ones. If so and you’re in Accra, this could be your last chance in a good while to see Ghana live in action.
HOW LOCALS WOULD FARE
Courtesy a variety of factors, the number of home-based players invited by Ghana head coach Avram Grant to his squad has risen from two to five, and there is the possibility that — in a reluctant nod toward popular appeal — the Israeli would give a couple of those some minutes to show what they’ve got. For those so concerned about the Ghana Premier League and the quality it offers, that’s just enough reason to be present.
NEW KITS ON DISPLAY
It’s been reported that Ghana would outdoor — i.e. play in — the new jerseys designed for the team by its kit sponsor, Puma. From what’s been leaked, the Germany-based manufacturer’s latest offering is quite a piece of art — especially when viewed without the ‘obstacle’ of a screen, if you catch my drift.
To borrow a phrase from Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie, what else, really, would you be doing on a Saturday when virtually every league on the planet worth watching — our own GPL included, if you will — pauses to afford the international front rare prominence?