Press statement: Black Stars journey from Houston to Connecticut

The Ghana Football Association’s attention has been drawn to media commentary about the Black Stars journey from Houston to Hartford, Connecticut.

We had to fly the Black Stars for the journey from Houston and Hartford because there were no direct flights on the journey.

Because of the distance the FA decided to fly all the players business class as is the norm in travel for the senior national team.

Because of the numbers the airlines could not accommodate all of the players on one flight, so we had to break the team into groups, this clearly created some inconveniences.

However, the federation ensured that each group travelled with at least a management member all the way through.

For the two players who joined us in the US, the Vice President of GFA George Afriyie, was on call at the airport to pay so that they will not travel on another separate airline. The airline regrettably could not accept cash. Captain Asamoah Gyan paid with his credit card and was subsequently reimbursed.

Since the team arrived here in Hartford many Ghanaians based here in Connecticut have come to support the team and out of enthusiasm have brought them Ghana food although unsolicited.

The management had already arranged for food from the hotel’s restaurant before the team’s arrival and the team was fully sufficient with food.

Let’s also put it on record that the GFA ONLY paid for the players, technical and management on this trip.

Any other Ghanaian who travelled here be it journalists, fans, members of the Ghana football fraternity or relatives of officials of the GFA we not paid for by the GFA.

Ghana FA Communications