Ghanaian President Mahama appoints coordinator for Africa Nations tourney

Ghanaian President Mahama appoints coordinator for Africa Nations tourney
# 11 January 2013 02:40 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama Thursday assigned former Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Edward Omane-Boamah, to coordinate Ghana's participation in the 2013 Africa Nations Cup tournament scheduled for South Africa from January 19 to February 10, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

A statement signed by Presidential Spokesperson John Abdulai Jinapor said President Mahama had tasked Omane-Boamah to ensure Ghana's successful preparation and participation in the tournament.

Ghana's senior national football team, the Black Stars, is currently camping in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to prepare for the Cup of Nations tournament.

The Black Stars have lined up friendly matches against Tunisia and Egypt in Abu Dhabi ahead of the tournament.

The Black Stars, who are drawn in Group B alongside Mali, Niger, and DR Congo, will be based at Port Elizabeth in South Africa.

Ghana were placed fourth at the 2012 CAF Nations Cup co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

President Mahama last Thursday charged the national team to win the Nations Cup trophy in South Africa to end the country's 31- years trophy drought after winning it for the fourth time in Libya in 1982.

The head coach of the Black Stars, James Kwesi Appiah, Wednesday submitted his final 23-man squad, including 10 debutantes, to the Confederation of African Football (CAF).