Ghana warm up against Uzbek side, struggle to arrange another friendly before AFCON 2017

Ahram Online , Saturday 7 Jan 2017,
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Ghana skipper Asamoah Gyan and coach Avram Grant (Reuters)

Ghana will face Uzbekistan side Bunyodkor on Tuesday in a warm up game for next week's Cup of Nations.

A statement on the Ghana Football Association (GFA) official website said Saturday that the the game will be played at the Sevens Stadium in Dubai and that the Black Stars are "likely to play another friendly before the team departs to Gabon".

The four-time African champions have started a training camp in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday but struggled to find any opponent to face due to financial troubles.

“We are struggling to find opponents. We lodge in the same hotel with Morocco but they are not prepared to play us in a friendly," GFA vice president George Afriyie told Kumasi-based Kessben FM on Saturday.

“There are other teams that we are speaking to and hoping to confirm but all this [struggle] has to do with our budget which has not been approved.

"We are even here in Al Ain without a budget. We hope that this will change very soon,” he concluded.

Ghana were placed in Group D alongside Egypt, Uganda and Mali.

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