Black Stars begin instant preparations to face CAR after Mali win

The Black Stars wasted no time as they began their recovery training session on Friday evening, a few hours after returning from their hectic trip to Mali for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

The team landed in Kumasi around 1 am on Friday following a crucial 2-1 victory over the Eagles in Bamako the previous night. Despite the demanding journey, Otto Addo’s squad immediately focused on their next critical match against the Central African Republic (CAR).

The recovery session was open to the public.

Ghana’s resilient performance against Mali saw them come from behind, with second-half goals from Ernest Nuamah and Jordan Ayew securing the dramatic win. This victory has lifted the team’s spirits and significantly boosted their chances in the qualifiers.

The CAR team also arrived in Kumasi on Friday morning, following theie significant win over Chad. The upcoming match between Ghana and CAR is expected to be highly competitive, with both teams eager to advance their World Cup ambitions.

Following their win against Mali, Ghana sit third in Group I with six points, level with Madagascar and Comoros, who occupy the first and second spots, respectively, due to goal difference. The group remains wide open, especially after Madagascar’s victory over Comoros. This scenario puts the Black Stars in a position where they control their destiny and can aim to top the group with a strong performance against CAR.

Ghana’s preparations are crucial as they seek to secure their fifth World Cup appearance. The match against CAR at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi is pivotal for the Black Stars, who are determined to capitalise on this opportunity to position themselves favorably in the race for the 2026 World Cup, set to be held in the USA, Mexico, and Canada.

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