Black Stars Coach Blames FIFA For Poor Preparation Of Team
Head coach of the Black Stars, Milovan Rajevac has lamented about FIFA’s decision which permitted European clubs to keep hold of AFCON bound players till January 3, six days before kickoff of the competition.
The Black Stars has been in Algeria preparing for their AFCON campaign against Morocco on January 10.
However, the buildup to AFCON has been dominated by exchanges between CAF, FIFA and European clubs. The ECA, who are against the timing of the tournament, were unwilling to release their players citing an upsurge in the coronavirus pandemic as a reason.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has also been vocal about the timing of the tournament suggesting for it to be pushed to the autumn. CAF have however been against another postponement of the tournament and insisted that the games will go on as scheduled.
After back and forth amongst the three parties, they finally reached an agreement for AFCON bound players in European Leagues to join their respective national teams on the third day of the new year.
The 24 participating teams, the Black Stars in principle, scheduled a 17-day training camp for the 30 invited players. But the decision of FIFA pulled plugs on plans of many of these nations and Milo reveals the Black Stars have suffered.
Source Joy Sports