Ghana coach Jimmy Cobblah has expressed his unhappiness at his team being forced to play two Africa U-20 Cup of Nations matches within 48 hours of each other.
The Black Satellites’ opening match at the tournament in Niger was set for Sunday 3 February but ended up being postponed to Monday 4 February due to issues with the floodlights at the Maradi Stadium.
Ghana will play their second Group B match later today when they face Senegal at the same venue, just 48 hours after they defeated Burkina Faso 2-0.
The quick turnaround has angered Cobblah, who feels the tournament organisers should give his team an extra day’s rest.
“The program for the competition was long given to us, and it required that we rest for 48 hours [from the day after a match] before another game, but with the new development, the team now have only 24 hours to rest and train for their second game against Senegal,” complained Cobblah.
He added, “I don’t think it is right for anybody to ask the team to play after 24 hours in a competition of this sort, it is not done anywhere, and I believe the organisers [should] look into the fixtures, and get Ghana to play after 48 hours.”
Ghana won their first match against Burkina Faso thanks to a brace from Daniel Lomotey. A win over Senegal will secure both a place in the tournament semifinals and a berth at the U-20 World Cup in Poland later this year.