The Sports Ministry has quashed reports that the Ghana U-20 female side, Black Princesses played a warm-up game in rented jerseys over the weekend.
A picture of some members of the Princesses donning kits not recognized as national apparel popped up on Sunday with reports that the team had to hire kits to play the game.
But the Sports Ministry has moved “to state unequivocally and place on record that at no point did the Black Princesses honour a friendly in a RENTED JERSEY as purported,” the PR unit of the Ministry wrote.
Explaining further in a note, the Ministry said: “Fact is the team will begin an official residential local camping tomorrow Monday 9th July 2018 as part of preparation for the Women’s U-20 World Cup in France next month.
Ahead of the official announcement, some members of the team (Black Princesses) mostly based in Kumasi decided to keep in shape ahead of official camping in Accra.
Indeed, after 3 days of continuous training, the group decided to engage in a warm up match with a select team in Kumasi in kits just purposely for the warm up exercise.
It would be disingenuous on the part of any media person to assume or put as fact that the National team honoured a match in a RENTED JERSEY.
We therefore urge the public to ignore this mischievous piece of information circulating on social media which is deliberately calculated to tarnish the image of our National Team (Black Princesses) and treat it with the contempt it deserves.”
The Black Princesses were forced to cut short preparations for the World Cup in France days after the #Number12 documentary on corruption in football was premiered. The team has lost about three weeks of preparation time ahead of their opening match against the tournament hosts on August 5.