Ghana considering Cosafa Cup pull-out due to xenophobic attacks

The head of Ghana local Black Stars management committee says the team will not hesitate to forgo the Cosafa Cup if xenophobic attacks in South Africa intensify

Ghana might reconsider its decision to participate in the 2015 Cosafa Cup in South Africa if ongoing xenophobic attacks escalate, according to head of Ghana local team management committee.

Fred Pappoe said the anti-immigrant violence, which has left at least seven people dead in South Africa, according to reports, has raised concerns about the safety of players and the entire Ghanaian delegation.

“We have not received any information concerning safety measures from organisers, except a regular message from SAFA which was issued last week,” Pappoe told Joy FM.

“It is not a competitive tournament but only a preparatory competition that we have been invited to participate in. And so, it is not an extremely important event with consequences if we don’t show up. If normalcy returns and we are assured we will travel to take part. However, if it worsens, we would have no other choice,” he said.

The local Black Stars are preparing for the upcoming 2016 African Nations Championship qualifiers against neighbours Cote D’Ivoire and had happily welcomed the invitation to take part in the Cosafa Cup, which is an annual tournament for teams from Southern Africa organised by Council of Southern Africa Football Associations.

However “nobody will sacrifice his life for the tournament. If the situation guarantees a trouble-free showpiece we will surely be there. But if it degenerates we wouldn’t mind quitting.”

“The important thing is that our preparations are on course and geared towards our qualifier against Cote D’Ivoire next October,” he said.

Ghana were invited alongside Tanzania to replace Angola and Comoros Islands for the tournament.

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