Ghana and USA to renew rivalry in international friendly



The Ghana Football Association (GFA) is finalizing a historic friendly against their World Cup foes, the United States of America (USA) later this year Citi-sports understand.

Several sources from the US Soccer Federation and players within the Ghana team have also confirmed that talks are far advanced for the game which has been nicknamed the ‘decider’.

If it takes place the game will be a big coup for the GFA as it is the biggest friendly game since the historic game against England at Wembley five years ago which ended 1-1.

The match will be played on 11th October in Washington, D.C to decide who the best among the two sides is after three previous clashes.

The match will be the first between the two sides outside the World Cup as they have never met outside of the global tournament.

The venue for the match is the RFK Stadium in Washington DC.

The game comes few days after Coach Avram Grant’s Black Stars play Uganda in their opening 2018 World Cup qualifier on 3rd October.

For the Americans the match would come four days after the friendly against Cuba on October 7.

“We’re working on a second October game,” U.S. Soccer spokesman Neil Buethe confirmed to on Monday.

“But nothing has been finalized yet.”

Ghana and the United States have clashed in all of the Black Stars three appearances at the World Cup with the West Africans winning two of the matches.

The Black Stars defeated the Yanks at the 2006 World Cup 2-1 preventing the USA from reaching the second round of the tournament as they played their last group game.

Ghana again eliminated the Americans four years later in South Africa thanks to a sweet extra-time strike by Asamoah Gyan in the round of 16 match which also ended 2-1.

The American secured some sort of a revenge at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil by the same scoreline when second-half substitute John Brooks’ header sealed the winner.

The match in Washington will decide who the best among the two countries is as fans of both sides will be eagerly seeking the bragging rights for the historic friendly.




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