18 January 2013

Africa: Ghana Touch Down in Port Elizabe

Ghana have checked in at the Garden Court Kings Hotel in Port Elizabeth for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Black Stars landed in Johannesburg on Thursday night and moved to their tournament base today (Thursday).

Ghana flew in from Abu Dhabi where they spent 11 days to prepare for the tournament which officially kick-starts on Saturday. The four-time African champions are among the last batch of teams to arrive for the continental showpiece.

In a related development, Ghana have moved four places up in the latest FIFA ranking released for the month of January. The Black Stars climbed from last year's 30th place to 26 but remained the continent's fourth best nation.

Ghana amassed 788 points on the table but stayed behind their Nations Cup Group B opponents Mali who maintained their world ranking in 25th position.

The four-time continental champions beat Egypt and Tunisia last week in pre-Nations Cup friendlies.

Ivory Coast still remained the best ranked Africa country after an unchanged 14th place on the FIFA ranking.

Algeria, who face Ivory Coast, Togo and Tunisia in Group D, slipped three places down to 22nd but held on to second spot on the continent.

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