Ghana FA explains Djiku and Bukari’s absence from training ahead of Mali clash

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has clarified the reasons behind the absence of Alexander Djiku and Osman Bukari from the Black Stars’ first training session as they prepare for the crucial 2026 World Cup qualifier against Mali.

Out of the 26 players invited by coach Otto Addo, Djiku and Bukari were the only ones who missed the initial training session held on Friday, May 31, at the University of Ghana Sports Stadium.

Addressing their absence, the GFA stated, “Bukari’s late arrival is due to his transfer from Red Star Belgrade to Major League Soccer side Austin FC, while Djiku is being assessed after picking up an arm injury in the closing stages of the Turkish Super Lig.”

Despite these absences, the Black Stars pressed on with their preparations.

The Black Stars will continue their training on Saturday, June 1, at the same venue. The team is scheduled to travel next week to face Mali on June 6, before hosting the Central African Republic (CAR) on June 10.

Currently, Ghana sits fourth in Group I with three points, following a victory against Madagascar and a defeat to Comoros. The upcoming matches are crucial for the Black Stars as they strive to improve their standings and enhance their chances of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup.


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