Ghana To Host World Cup Tie Versus Sudan In 'Unfriendly' Accra

High-riding Black Stars will play their next World Cup qualifier against Sudan in September at what many see as a hostile Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra...

Ghana hope to extend their perfect run in the World Cup qualifying series at the Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra in September, officials have announced.

The match comes up on September 5, but rather than play the game at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi, where they narrowly defeated Benin 1-0 in March, it will now be shifted to the capital city of Accra.

In recent times, the Black Stars have been apprehensive of playing in Accra, saying that they do not get enough support there as they do when they play in the country's commercial centre of Kumasi.  

After successfully playing host to the Africa Cup of Nations last year, Ghana have several top standard stadiums to choose from for their home games. Besides Kumasi, they have also played in Sekondi and even staged a recent friendly against Uganda in the norther city of Tamale.

In the meantime, Ghana acting Minister of Youth and Sports, Rashid Pelpuo, has pledged government's support to ensure the Black Stars qualify for their second World Cup finals.

"[The] Government will do our best to motivate you (Black Stars) and we expect you to give off your best in the remaining games," said Pelpuo.

"There are three games left and our appeal is for you to give off your best to ensure a smooth passage to the World Cup."

Ghana lead Group Four with nine points from three matches while Mali have shot to second place after Saturday's 3-1 win at home to third-placed Benin. Sudan are bottom of the standings with a point.

Samm Audu, Goal.com