By Rahman Osman
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USA coach Jurgen Klinsman admits Berti Vogts’ experience on African soil played a major rule in his decision to hire him as Special Advisor for the 2014 World Cup finals.
Vogts was Nigeria coach when Ghana eliminated them at the quarter-final stage of the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations with a 2-1 scoreline.
He is also coached Scotland, Kuwait and Azerbaijan.
Klinsmann hopes his experience can help him progress from a difficult group comprising Ghana, Portugal and his native Germany.
"Berti Vogts has been in coaching for years. He has coached Nigeria before and they are very similar to our group opponents Ghana,” Klinsmann said.
"He has had close ties to European teams and that again is very important.
"The decision to bring Vogts was an easy one,his records in the game is incredible and will be very crucial to our course."
The US will be looking to start well against Ghana, who have beaten them twice in two editions, on 16 June.