On Wednesday morning, the Algerian football team, Chabab Belouizdad, embarked on a journey from Accra, Ghana's capital, to Kumasi, the city set to host their upcoming match against local club Medeama. The team had arrived in Accra the previous evening and spent the night before setting off for Kumasi around 7:30 AM, Algeria time. The short flight, lasting approximately 30 minutes, was the final leg of their journey in preparation for the highly anticipated match.
Destination: Lancaster Hotel
The Lancaster Hotel in Kumasi will serve as the team's base during their stay. Conveniently located just a quarter of an hour away from the Baba Yara Sport Stadium, the venue for Friday's match, the hotel offers an ideal setting for the team's final preparations. The upcoming game marks the second round of the group stage in the African Champions League, adding to the palpable tension and excitement.
Medeama's Uphill Battle
While Chabab Belouizdad settles into their temporary home in Kumasi, their opponents, Medeama, are facing an uphill battle. After a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Egyptian giants Ah Ahly, the local team is under pressure to perform in the upcoming match. However, the team's struggles extend beyond the pitch. Despite financial support from their headline sponsor, Goldfields, the costs of participating in the CAF Champions League have proven substantial. The team is now reliant on the release of unpaid settlements from CAF to fund their remaining away games, adding to the weight of their challenge.
A Showdown at Baba Yara Sports Stadium
This Friday, the Baba Yara Sports Stadium will host the clash between Chabab Belouizdad and Medeama. With Medeama seeking to bounce back from their previous defeat and Chabab Belouizdad aiming to maintain their momentum, the match promises to be a thrilling spectacle. As Medeama's Administrative Manager Joseph Tetteh Zutah stated, the team has learned valuable lessons from their loss and aims to redeem themselves in the upcoming game. Meanwhile, Chabab Belouizdad, with a 24-man squad including former Algeria international goalkeeper and 2019 AFCON winner Rais M'Bolhi, are ready for the challenge.