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Black Stars denied access to Tang Palace hotel, players stranded

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Ghana’s preparations to play Kenya in their final 2019 Africa Cup of Nations got off to a bad start when players and coaching staff were denied access to their team camping base of Tang Palace Hotel on Monday night, Ghanasoccernet.com revealed.

This has left several players who had travelled from abroad to to join the team to start their training stranded in the streets of Roman Ridge in the suburb of Accra where the hotel is located.

Members of the technical team have also been left stranded and unable to access their rooms after the management of the hotel refused to allow the national team to start their camping.

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There is uncertainty over why the hotel as refused to allow the team to gain access as the saga is proving to be a major serenity setback for coach Kwesi Appiah.

With most of the players based in Europe and only used to excellent organisation and preparations for matches this is likely to draw their ire and dampen their spirits.

Hotel insiders say the Normalisation Committee has not paid some huge amounts owed the hotel while others claim the hotel is demanding immediate payment before the players are allowed in.

The Black Stars were scheduled to open camp at the plush Tang Palace Hotel ahead of Saturday’s match against Kenya in Accra but now the status of them staying there is unclear.

This is a major embarrassment for the Normalisation Committee as their first big assignment in the country has hit a snag, drawing sharp criticism over the shambolic arrangements.

It also brings into question the competences of the recently named Black Stars management committee packed with politicians who are supposed to pull the strings for the Black Stars.

Head coach Kwesi Appiah is expected to hold his first training session at the Accra Sports Stadium on Tuesday.

Ghana squad:

Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori (Martizburg, South Africa) Lawrence Ati (Sochaux, France), Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko, Ghana)

Defenders: Kwadwo Asamoah (Inter Milan, Italy) Lumor Agbenyenu ( Göztepe S.K, Turkey) Andy Yiadom (Reading Football Club, England) Amos Frimpong (Asante Kotoko, Ghana) Nuhu Kassim (1899 Hoffenheim, Germany) Nicholas Opoku (Udinese, Italy) John Boye (Metz,France) Joseph Aidoo (Genk, Belgium)

Midfielders: Andre Ayew ( Fenerbahçe S.K, Turkey) Mubarak Wakaso (Alaves, Spain) Christian Atsu (Newcastle, England) Kwame Bonsu (Asante Kotoko, Ghana) Ernest Asante ( Al Jazira, UAE) Thomas Partey (Atlético Madrid) Alhassan Wakaso ( Vitória S.C, Portugal) Jeffery Schlupp ( Crystal Palace, England), Alfred Duncan (Sassuolo, Italy)

Strikers: Caleb Ansah Ekuban(Trabzonspor, Turkey) Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) Emmanuel Boateng (Dalian Yifang, China) Kwasi Appiah (AFC Wimbledon, UK