The Blackstars is gearing up for its international friendlies over the weekend, and their new players have arrived in camp.
Tariq Lamptey, Ransford-Yeboah and Inaki Williams, have arrived for their first training session ahead of the team’s friendlies. All three players have switched nationality from Spain, England and Germany, respectively, to become Ghana internationals. All three players had a call-up to the Blackstars from coach Otto Addo and are expected to make their debuts when the Black Stars face Brazil in an international friendly on Friday and Nicaragua four days later.
The three players are not the only ones to have shown up. On Sunday, 25 out of the 29 players who Otto Addo invited were at the first training session. These include goalkeepers Abdul Manaf Nurudeen and Jojo Wollacott, defenders Denis Odoi, Joseph Aidoo, Stephan Ambrosius, Gideon Mensah, Alexander Djiku, Abdul Baba Rahman, Thomas Partey, Alidu Seidu, Fatawu Issahaku, Kamaldeen Sulemana, Mohammed Kudus, Daniel Kofi Kyere, Jordan Ayew, Daniel Afriyie Barnieh, Andre Ayew and Antoine Semenyo. Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Richard Ofori arrived in camp on Tuesday morning, while Mohammed Salisu, Daniel Amartey and Felix Afena-Gyan are the only ones yet to report to training at the team’s camp in France.
In a related issue, the Bank of Ghana has warned that Mara, the Blackstars official new sponsor, is not licensed to operate. In a letter addressed to the public, the Central Bank noted that Mara had no licence to undertake cryptocurrency activities within the country as mandated by law.
“Further to the Bank of Ghana Notice the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by Notice Number SEC/PN/003/03/2019 dated 29th March 2019 also drew the attention of the general public and investors to the fast growing interest in the issue, investment and trading in cryptocurrencies in Ghana.
“The above-mentioned activities offered by unregistered and unlicensed entities on digital on-line trading platforms with promises of high returns on investment are not sanctioned nor registered by the SEC. The SEC stated that it had not regulated these types of products, offerings and their accompanying on-line trading platforms or Exchanges,” portions of the statement read.