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2014 World Cup: USA-based charity delighted over Ghana's friendly against South Korea

Published on: 23 April 2014
Black Stars will travel to the USA to play South Korea

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has mandated the International Youth & Sports Organization (IYSO), a United States (US) based Ghanaian non-profit organization to undertake promotional activities in the US for this year’s World Cup in Brazil.

A statement by the IYSO says the non-profit is thrilled to be part of the effort to help the Ghana national soccer team, the Black Stars, make history for Ghanaians and Africans all over the world as they embark on their world cup campaign. The IYSO plans to seek sponsorship within the US and the Diaspora in support of the Black Stars.

Ghana’s Black Stars will be making its third consequetive appearance at the FIFA world cup this summer in Brazil. They are also the only African team to qualify to the quarter finals in the last FIFA world cup in South Africa 2010, an achievement fans of the team across the world highly believe could repeated if not bettered in Brazil.

The Black Stars will arrive in the United States in the first week of June as part of preparations to play their first international friendly match against South Korea in Miami Florida on June 9 at the Sunlight Stadium. Ghana fans in the USA say they are excited about the clash and opportunity to watch the pre-Brazil 2014 clash.

Samuel Kissiedu, an Orlando-based veteran Ghanaian sports journalist (formerly of the Graphic Sports) says in reference to Ghana playing in the country of their group 'G' opponent: “it is unusual to train in the backyard of your enemy before meeting them in a battle”.

Samuel, also the Florida coordinator for the IYSO believes the Black Stars’ playing in Miami demonstrates “their high level of confidence and readiness to match any side in Brazil”.

Florida has witnessed Ghana play back in 1996 when the national  Olympic soccer team——Black Meteors——played Brazil in Miami and lost 4-2. Some Ghanaian soccer enthusiasts still have memories of that game as they look forward to watching the Ghana-South Korea friendly.

Ghanaians in Miami and across the USA have been encouraged by the IYSO to support the Black Stars as the non profit hopes to raise funds through this match and other activities as part of efforts to recruit a fan base for Ghana in the USA to go support the Black Stars in Brazil 2014.

The IYSO appreciated the Ghana Embassy in Washington DC for their assistance with making the world cup campaign for Ghana a positive one.

Learn  more about IYSO at their website

Oral Ofori of #TheAfricanDream


This article has 5 comment(s), give your comment
  • smokey says:
    April 23, 2014 10:32 am
    Why play a friendly with a team we could play in the last 16 if we get out the group?
  • Assemblyman says:
    April 23, 2014 10:49 am
    Why are you surprised!! Ghana for you..All because of chop chop.else we won't play a friendly match with Japan the new two days after Egypts game in Accra then fly all the way to japan the next morning in an almost 18 hours flight to go to loose a friendly match with them.whiles we know that the players were very tired based on game they played with Egypt as well as the flight distances..a dime of a nickel can change the minds of corrupt GFA officials not think with their heads.. Nonetheless regardless of the result ,we hope it will make the players active ..
  • Benito says:
    April 23, 2014 12:34 pm
    This is bogus,I think it will come on.
  • Edward, Maryland says:
    April 23, 2014 01:35 pm
    You think "the Black Stars’ playing in Miami demonstrates their high level of confidence and readiness to match any side in Brazil”. I don't think so. You want to know what I think? This is what I think. It demonstrates nothing but over-complacency and a high level of stupidity, as well as a lack of soccer sense. I live in the US too and would love to see the Black Stars play again in the US - I saw them draw with Chile - but this is not the time. "Kwasia ano retwa ahuro a ose oretwa tea" . We underrate the US at our own peril. Times have changed so we better think straight.
  • Ali says:
    April 23, 2014 01:53 pm
    The venue for the match is not good because the USA will monitor Ghana closely and develop an antidote to the style of play of the Ghanaians. GFA officials must not sell the Nations football for corrupt and illigal dollers