I'm yet to have my full team - coach Jimmy Cobblah

By Vincent Ashitey
I'm yet to have my full team - coach Jimmy Cobblah
I'm yet to have my full team - coach Jimmy Cobblah

Black Satellites coach Jimmy Cobblah says he is yet to have the full complement of his team for the African Youth Championship in Niger.

According to him, Manaf Nurudeen, Konda Issaku, winger Emmanuel Toku are expected to join the rest of the team before the tournament kicks off on February 2.

The Black Satellites traveled to Niamey on Monday to continue with their preparations for this year's showpiece. Jimmy Cobblah and his troops had engaged in a series of friendlies in Ghana before leaving for camp in Niamey, with recently losing to Hearts of Oak and Dreams FC.

"I have about 85 percent to 90 percent of my squad and we are still expecting Manaf Nurudeen, our first choice goalkeeper from Belgium, KAS Eupen. He is part of their first team and they are not ready to release him," coach Jimmy Cobblah revealed.

"This AFCON is not on the FIFA calendar so sometimes you have to lobby, Alex (GFA secretary) has pushed enough. I have spoken to Makelele, the coach of Eupen, he said he can release him on the 28th," he added.

"The captain is in Austria and he will be joining us tomorrow. So, we pray for his safe arrival. We left Emmanuel Toku in Ghana because of his passport issues. We believe when it is true he will also come around."

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