A strong team made up of mostly players that represented the nation at the last world cup in South Africa arrived in Kumasi to a rousing welcome yesterday in preparation for the CAN 2012 qualifier against Sudan at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

The team was led by acting captain John Mensah who is optimistic of leading the Stars to victory to brighten their chances of qualifying for the 2012 African Nations Cup which will be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Other players that were in the team include Sunderland’s Asamoah Gyan, John Painstil, Anthony Annan, Agyemang-Badu, Samuel Inkoom and Prince Tagoe.

The rest are Isaac Vorsah, Hans Adu-Sarpei, the Ayew brothers, Jonathan Mensah, Richard Kingson among others.

Immediately they arrived in Kumasi, the team zoomed straight into action to fine tune themselves for the crucial game on Sunday.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the team began their quest to continue their dominance in the group with trainings at the El Wak Sports Stadium in Accra.

Debutant striker Emmanuel Clottey scored a hat trick as the Black Stars thrashed second division side State Envoys 10-2 on Thursday night ahead of their game against Sudan on Sunday.
The emphatic win has given Black Stars fans in Kumasi the hope that they will see a goal harvest during the Nations Cup qualifier against the Nile Crocodiles.

Bechem Chelsea striker scored three goals in his first game for the Black Stars as they defeated the lower division side in their preparation for the game.

Youngster Jordan Ayew and Asamoah scored two goals apiece with Prince Tagoe, Kwadwo Asamoah and Anthony Annan scoring the others.

Meanwhile, Coach Akwasi Appiah, temporarily in charge of the squad, is upbeat the Stars would rise up to the occasion by outclassing their opponents in the Group 1 encounter.

The former deputy to Milovan Rajevac says it is important to sustain the winning performance and ensure quick qualification.

Ghana beat Swaziland at home in the first group match.

The football environment has changed considerably. Upsets and shocks are no more a rare happening," Appiah told ghanafa.org before the team emplaned to Kumasi yesterday.

"Obviously we’re the strong favourites to qualify. Our recent performances have raised the level of expectation no matter the opposition we are to meet. I don't expect the Sudanese to buckle down for us.

We would be in for a tough match but the most important thing is to stick with our game and impose it on them [Sudan].

"We have a very professional unit who are determined to do a professional job. We just have to give them the confidence and support them."

Ghana were held to a 2-2 drawn game the last time they played Mali in a World Cup qualifier.