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2014 World Cup: USA coach wants to use Nigeria friendly to prepare for Ghana opener

Published on: 07 June 2014
USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann

By Ameenu Shardow

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USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann is hoping to use their friendly match against Nigeria to equip his side adequately for their 2014 World Cup opener against Ghana.

The Yanks will be facing the Super Eagles in their final warm up match on Saturday before they head out to Brazil for the World Cup.

USA have won all two build up games against Azerbaijan and Turkey and will be hoping to extend this good form against Nigeria who play an almost similar style of football to that of Ghana – USA’s Group G opponents.

Coach Klinsmann admits his side remain a work in progress but is putting a lot of premium on Saturday’s friendly against the West Africans to offer him the final piece of the pawn ahead of their June 16 clash against the Black Stars.

"We're still in the building phase," he said.

"We still have [some] days to go. So we're not done now with all the work we're going to put in their legs and minds. . . . We've got to work, work, work.

“We time it, hopefully, the right way to get them all sharp, all right, all fresh for Ghana, but still we're a work in process right now."

Comments

  • Pasi says:
    June 07, 2014 08:10 am
    Go***
  • Andy D says:
    June 07, 2014 07:45 am
    Almost all Klisman interviews i have heard has always been about Ghana...These guys are dead serious.... “We time it, hopefully, the right way to get them all sharp, all right, all fresh for Ghana'' not for the world cup but Ghana...Hope our guys are also very serious about the u.s.a match
  • nana adwoa twekese says:
    June 08, 2014 12:26 am
    Did you really watch Nigeria vrs U.S.A?...listen go and watch it so that you can refrain from your baseless preditions. Klinsmann beat the Keshi from the bench, tactically klinsmann knows what he was doing, played varied tactics during play and the yankees were quicker and hunglier. Tactically Akwasi Appiah is very weak, often get lost in his own game approach. What was he doing tactically when Ghana play Holland, please don't tell me it was just a friendly. With Akaminko out of the team, the defence is very weak, can he leave Essien on the bench and play formidable Afriyie Idoubt.
  • nana adwoa twekese says:
    June 08, 2014 12:30 am
    Did you really watch Nigeria vrs U.S.A?…listen go and watch it so that you can refrain from your baseless preditions. Klinsmann beat Keshi from the bench, tactically klinsmann knows what he was doing, played varied tactics during play and the yankees were quicker and hunglier. Tactically Akwasi Appiah is very weak, often get lost in his own game approach. What was he doing tactically when Ghana play Holland, please don’t tell me it was just a friendly. With Akaminko out of the team, the defence is very weak, can he leave Essien on the bench and play formidable Afriyie I doubt.
  • 21guns says:
    June 07, 2014 11:22 am
    This game will decide the Ghana usa game, I am expecting tough between usa and nigeria
  • Ali says:
    June 07, 2014 12:43 pm
    USA can even play Brazil and win but not Nigeria or Ghana In Sha Allahu. Allah bless African teams.
  • 21guns says:
    June 07, 2014 12:16 pm
    Guys the first comment is not my comment it a guy who forged my name. Take note
  • Ghost of Sparta says:
    June 07, 2014 10:52 am
    Break a leg Nigeria. No really, break a leg.
  • wee ba says:
    June 07, 2014 10:18 am
    The yanks can neva beat nija,over my dead body.if they beat nigeria then it means they are really ready to face us
  • OHENENANA says:
    June 07, 2014 01:51 pm
    Nigeria and ghana are two different teams both are athletic and technicaly gifted but they use different tactics Ghana plays 4-4-2 and can play multiple ways possesion or counter atacking and most balls go trough midfield Nigeria plays 4-3-3 and direct and counter atacking most balls go trough the wings im sure this will be a 2-1 for Naija
  • Goodnews says:
    June 07, 2014 01:52 pm
    Usa cant beat nig, ghana shd be cautious,
  • 21guns says:
    June 07, 2014 08:32 am
    Usa will thrash the vultures of Nigeria Usa 3 vultures 0
  • Pasi says:
    June 07, 2014 08:38 am
    We are stronger, fitter, technically gifted, expérienced,faster, and above all hungrier! Beat that!
  • Kofi wiafe says:
    June 07, 2014 08:42 am
    USA can never score Nigeria. Is gonna be drawn at least.
  • Bouy says:
    June 07, 2014 08:43 am
    You lie-bad @21guns, the eagles will descipline them. So funny the USA think the eagles plays like the black stars of Ghana but the will be supriced.
  • 21guns says:
    June 07, 2014 08:44 am
    I went to. KON and I saw the same shit there, you are just a coward, why will you attack KON when they've not attack. Useless people like you never want peace. Nkwasiasem,
  • Chuks says:
    June 07, 2014 08:47 am
    you that think USA will win nigeria by 3.0, u shal be disappointed
  • Benito says:
    June 07, 2014 02:23 pm
    We all know how exaggerative Americans can be,when their team is not even doing well,they still claim they are in good shape,talk is cheap.the pitch will decide on June 16,5:30 eatern time in USA.may the best team win.
  • POW@Ghana 4 last 4, Brazil 2014 says:
    June 07, 2014 03:16 pm
    BENITO, HOPE YOU'RE NOT HUNGRY? Eatern time. Just for the laughs. You're right, the field will decide and I just can't wait.
  • Benito says:
    June 07, 2014 03:36 pm
    Hahahaha,pardon me it's slip of fingers..of course we gonna eat them..it's eastern time.5:30pm.
  • GHANSON says:
    June 07, 2014 03:37 pm
    KUM FaYYa KUM!!! Nogokpo magic GHA 4-1 USA
  • Johnny says:
    June 07, 2014 11:20 pm
    What kind of defense is this, for Nigeria? Guess what, even Altidore has got a goal against Nigeria, and it was the easiest a tap-in as one can imagicn. There was no Nigerian defender within 10 yards of two US attackers who were standing less than 10 yards from goal when a cross came in, for either of the US attackers to tap in; the other guy left it for Altidore, 'cos he has not scored in about two years. LOL!!
  • Johnny says:
    June 07, 2014 11:21 pm
    What kind of defense is this, for Nigeria? Guess what, even Altidore has got a goal against Nigeria, and it was the easiest a tap-in as one can imagicn. There was no Nigerian defender within 10 yards of two US attackers who were standing less than 10 yards from goal when a cross came in, for either of the US attackers to tap in; the other guy left it for Altidore, 'cos he has not scored in about two years. LOL!! 1-0 U.S.A.
  • Pasi says:
    June 07, 2014 08:09 am
    Fellow patriots take heart because if anything to by Holand friendly showed how fit and ready our boys are especially the second half! The Stars are ready with or without south korea friendly.. Talk is always cheap America.See you on the field.
  • phlin says:
    June 07, 2014 08:37 am
    Usa will thrash the vultures of Nigeria Usa 3 vultures 0
  • 21guns says:
    June 07, 2014 08:42 am
    @phlin, you are very stupid guy ok have you seen how you have been exposed so you are the one using my name to attack, man grow up, and stop using my name, you are the same fool who was using selfmade's name right it better you stop using peoples I'd for a crime you must be a criminal Are you not a mad man, use your own
  • phlin says:
    June 07, 2014 08:54 am
    @21guns, is the name on your passport? Chai aproko like you.you never see nothing self lol
  • Abinga says:
    June 07, 2014 09:09 am
    21guns paaaa.....uncouth and uncultured behaviour paa nie hmmmmm......we are better than the Naija people in terms of football......how on earth should Klinsmann compare us.....we shall c come the 16th.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    June 07, 2014 10:06 am
    Even if they beat Nigeria that doesn't mean they will beat us..just cannot wait.
  • Mannie says:
    June 07, 2014 01:43 pm
    Nogeria does not play like Ghana.. They better get that right!! Ghana is much less physical and more possesive