Management Committee Chairman of the Black Galaxies, Dr. Tony Aubynn has explained the decision to play Algeria and Mozambique before the commencement of the 2023 CHAN tournament.
The home-based national team, who are competing in the tournament for the first time since 2014, are expected to face a challenging test in their quest to win the title.
Annor Walker’s side will face host country, Algeria on Saturday, January 7 before taking on Mozambique on January 10 in friendlies ahead of the tournament which is set to start on January 13.
Explaining the rationale behind the Algeria and Mozambique friendlies, the Ghana FA ExCo member said, “Algeria in particular is playing and who knows maybe we will go to finals with them, so testing our strength against Algeria which is a very strong side is the best. Don’t forget most of the Algerian players plays here and they constitute the first national team”
“So they are a tough side to pitch your strength against, I think that is very good. After the Algeria match, we going to play with Mozambique, who are another set of Southern African type of football that we are going to experience. So I think the choice by management to play these two teams internationally, I think is very good” he said.
Ghana will open their campaign on 15 January against Madagascar before taking on Sudan four days later.
Their final Group C match will be against tournament-favourites Morocco on 23 January 23.
All three matches will be played in the city of Constantine.
The tournament is scheduled to kick off on January 13, 2023.