Salomon Kalou of Ivory Coast is not going to represent Ivory Coast in their upcoming Africa Cup of Nations against Sierra Leone which is scheduled to take place on September 3 and Ivory Coast will need to claim at least a draw in this match in order for them to qualify for the next rounds of the competition.
The main reason of why Kalou is not going to be able to perform in this match is due to recent family losses that the 31 year old player has experienced.
Ghana will be coming up against the likes of Congo, Uganda, and Egypt in the qualification round for the World Cup 2018.
Coach Avram Grant claims that it will be extremely difficult for the Black Stars to qualify for the tournament. This negative claim is unlikely to sit down well with the Ghana FA, who have seen the team perform well under the regime of Grant. The team qualified for the 2017 African Cup of Nations quite comfortably after finishing top of their group. Included in a group containing the likes of Mauritius, Mozambique, and Rwanda, Ghana finished the campaign unbeaten from the five games.
England youth player Joe Dodoo opted to play for the Black Stars of Ghana, ignoring the English national team.
He joined the training camp of Ghana in the country’s capital despite concerns over his eligibility, according to local reports. The Leicester City attacker's decision to play for his country was surprising as he has played for the England youth team.
Ghana manager Avram Grant says that he should receive a lot of credit for rebuilding the national team in a short span of time.
The former Chelsea manager took over as the national team boss of the African nation after the World Cup 2014, which had just ended as a major disaster. Grant has done reasonably well at his previous clubs like Chelsea, Portsmouth, and West Ham. However, the 61-year-old feels that he has never received proper credit for the work.
Ghana have been in fine form since Avram Grant became the manager in 2014.
However, the national team has been involved in a number of draws over the last few games and this has not been good enough for the temperament of Grant. The former Chelsea boss claimed that his team were looking for a win but were disappointed to get only a 0-0 draw against Mozambique in the Africa cup of nations qualifiers. Even though Ghana remain in a strong position for qualification, a victory would have put them beyond the reach of teams like Mauritius and Rwanda.