Black Stars’ history of pre-AFCON camping outside Ghana from 2002 to 2023

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The senior national team, the Black Stars, are camping in Ghana ahead of an Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament for the first time in 21 years.

The last time the team pitched a pre-AFCON camp in Ghana was in 2002 when they were based at the Winneba Sports College.

Ahead of the 2023 tournament, set to kick off in 9 days in Cote d’Voire, the Ghana Football (GAF) had announced Ghana’s pre-tournament camping was going to be based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

However, that plan was aborted after public outcry, with Black Stars now based in Kumasi prepping for the 2023 AFCON.

The number of players in camp now stand at 25 after the arrival of Jordan Ayew and Richard Ofori on Wednesday, with Mohammed Kudus and Inaki Williams the players yet to report.

Black Stars Pre-AFCON camping since 2002

2002 – Winneba, Ghana

2004 – Did not qualify

2006 – Rades, Tunisia

2008 – Abu Dhabi, UAE

2010 – Nelspruit, South Africa

2012 – Rustenburg, South Africa

2013 – Abu Dhabi, UAE

2015 – Seville, Spain

2017 – Dubai, UAE

2019 – Dubai, UAE

2021 – Doha, Qatar

2023 – Kumasi, Ghana

Black Stars have only camped in Ghana before an AFCON twice since 2002 (including this time). Here are the locations around the locations they have preferred. #JoySports— #JoySports (@JoySportsGH) January 3, 2024

Ghana is set to open their group stage campaign against Cape Verde on Sunday, January 14, 2024.

The Black Stars will then play against record champions Egypt in their second group match against Egypt in four days before wrapping up the group face against Mozambique on January 22.

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