GFA Normalization Committee spokesperson, Dan Kwaku Yeboah has told Starr Sports that the Ghana U-20 national team, Black Satellites will finally return home on Friday.
The team exited the ongoing U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Niger last Saturday but only about five of 21 players and two team officials had been able to fly back home while rest of the playing body and technical team have reportedly been left to their own fate.
With growing reports of the Satellites being left stranded in Niger capital Niamey, the NC’s spokesperson says the rest of the team’s prolonged stay has been due to the unavailability of flight.
“I don’t think their situation is anywhere near being stranded,” Kwaku Yeboah sought to deny in an interview with Starr Sports.
“What happened was that the flight arrangement we did, we made it in such a way that they would return home after the tournament having it at the back of our minds that they could be able to go to the final.
“So when they exited, we went back to the airline and they told us that they can’t do anything about that because that was not the original plan. So we were negotiating with them.
“And you know only two flights go there so it’s been difficult but we are still in touch with them. About five players are in town but the rest will all arrive God willing tomorrow (Friday) but the reality is that they are all comfortably confined at their hotel room,” the NC spokesperson assured.
Ghana were denied a place in the semifinals and a World Cup slot by Mali who defeated them 1-0 in their final group game. The Black Satellites will now miss two successive U-20 Fifa World Cup tournaments.