- Minister of Youth and Sports in Ghana, Mustapha Ussif, has disclosed the reason for the Black Stars' camping in Doha
- The Sports Minister disclosed that Ghana camped in the Asian country to acclimatize with the weather ahead of AFCON
- Honourable Mustapha Ussif is confident the team will return to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup later this year
The Minister of Youth and Sports in Ghana, Mustapha Ussif, has revealed that the Black Stars team were camped in Doha to acclimatize with the weather before AFCON 2021.
The Black Stars spent three weeks in the Asian country before leaving for the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, but failed to progress beyond the group stages.
The Minister, who was speaking on the floor of parliament following the team's performance in Cameroon, said part of the reason for being in Doha was because the World Cup will be hosted in Qatar.
"The ministry and the GFA agreed to camp in Doha because the Black Stars have the opportunity to qualify for the World Cup and we are going to play Nigeria. If we get the opportunity to qualify then it's only important the players acclimatize," he said.
Although the team spent three weeks in Doha, the Black Stars failed to win a game and finished bottom of group C at the Nations Cup.
Meanwhile, the weather conditions in Doha and Cameroon were totally different at the time the Black Stars went for camping.
The Black Stars will next play Nigeria for a place at the World Cup in Qatar in a two legged game in March.
Ghana will host Nigeria in Kumasi or Accra
Earlier, SportsBrief.com reported that, the Black Stars of Ghana will host the Super Eagles of Nigeria in their 2022 World Cup qualifier play-offs at either the Accra Sports Stadium or the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.
The National Sports Authority has informed the Ghana Football Association to consider the two venues for March's crucial game.
According to the NSA, the Cape Coast Stadium which was used for Ghana's home games since the start of the qualifiers will serve as the grounds for this year's independence celebrations.