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Ghana set to play China in friendly next month

Published on: 19 July 2012

The Ghana Football Association says it is considering a proposal to play China in an international friendly next month.

The Black Stars want to take advantage of the FIFA free date for international friendlies on August 15.

This is to help coach Kwesi Appiah to fine tune his preparations for September's 2013 Africa Cup of Nations final round qualifier against Malawi. understands some new faces particularly in-form striker Abdul Majeed Waris who leads the Swedish League scorers chart will be invited.

Last month, coach Appiah toured Norway and Sweden where he held talks with potential national team players.

Stromsgodset left-back Razak Nuhu was spotted and could also earn a debut call-up for Ghana’s next assignment.

Olympique Marseille talisman Andre Ayew, who missed this summer's double header against Lesotho and Zambia due to a shoulder injury, could make a return.

The Black Stars want to bounce back to winning ways after June’s 1-0 defeat to Zambia in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier.



  • pacific says:
    July 19, 2012 08:40 am
    this must be a joke will be even better if the black stars play against one of the local teams
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    July 19, 2012 06:41 am
  • luizao says:
    July 19, 2012 07:29 am
    in fact black stars wil bounce back with their wining ways
  • kuuku philly says:
    July 19, 2012 09:08 am
    I thought FIFA had moved the friendly date to September!!!
  • Saxcee says:
    July 19, 2012 10:10 am
    @pacific i thought by now you know that no team can be underrated... But honestly i've neva seen the Chinese team play but i don't think naturally they are soccer people..
  • pacific says:
    July 19, 2012 10:42 am teams can be still underrated.. mongolia and bangladesch for example :)
  • Ghanas Son says:
    July 19, 2012 10:58 am
    GFA please play some friendly matches here in Ghana too!!!WTF always playing matches outside Ghana or the opponents home. Is it because of the per diems and things the officials get when they travel? Anyway, I don't think China is a good and wise opponent to choose in preparation of the game against Malawi. An African team would've been preferred in this case
  • coconutman says:
    July 19, 2012 11:05 am
    For Akwesi Appiah Ghina is good opposition. Ghana must win this tie because we are ranked higher than China. China has invested a lot of money in their soccer program so you underestimate them at your own peril. Dede must be given more time to recover completely. Calling up Majeed Warris is highly commendable. Emmanuel Bafour, Clottey and Boakye Yiadom must be included in the initial sqad. Jordan should be dropped and Adiyiah should be given another opportunity. These younger strikers will match up well with Gyan up top. For the midfield Mpong, Atsu, should be the newcomers given a chance to be supported by veterans, Kwadwo Asamoah, Badu and Annan. Derek Boateng should be dropped. On defense Daniel Opare, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Akaminko should match up with veterans Isaac Vorsah and John Mensah. Alhasan should also earn a call back. Drop Aful. Goalkeepers Adam Kwarasey, Daniel Adjei and Ernest Sowah.
  • He-goat says:
    July 19, 2012 11:22 am
    Why cant we play teams like Cote d' Ivoire, Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria or even Togo in a friendly. These teams will give Ghana the cutting edge opposition we need and all the tensions to be found in competitive matches would be there. Playing any of these teams will put Ghana in a real fighting mood.
  • bbc says:
    July 19, 2012 11:33 am
    GFA pls stop wasting tax payer's money for your own sake. Did you see our position in the latest fifa ranking? We are falling cos we are not playing any strong opponent. If you want to test the team play strong team rather than playing in China so you can go there to do your business and also get duty free when you return.
  • Chu says:
    July 19, 2012 11:50 am
    mpong, clottey and warris would be called but adiyiah, inkoom and derek would play bcos they r not ready to join virtus
  • Vmen USA says:
    July 19, 2012 12:52 pm
    bbc.....u sound right!
  • bbc says:
    July 19, 2012 02:07 pm
    @Vmen USA, i am glad that you have seen what is happening with our GFA members.They want to go there for business not for footaball.
  • Goldwyns says:
    July 19, 2012 02:55 pm
    Ki ki ki ki Ghana playing China ha ha ha ha you now into kungfu! GFA never ceases to amaze me, and u think playing China you can come and beat Malawi? (shhhh aint mentioning Zambia let the sleeping giant rest!) Ha ha ha while in China why can't you then play indonesia, malaysia, pakistan, afghanstan, kazakstan ha ha ha hey you guys will break my ribs let me go back to work ki ki ki
  • Dr Who says:
    July 19, 2012 03:43 pm
    @Goldwyn,what is wrong if Ghana plays China?The Malawian national team recently China under-22 team to a 2-2 draw in China.Also,Zambia is scheduled to play Korea.therefore go & play Taiwan,Fuji &Thailand after the Korea game.
  • Zash says:
    July 19, 2012 06:06 pm
    What at all makes these foolish Zambians tink Ghana is their equals? @ goldwyn or wateva u call urself, what hv u won on this continent or beyond eva since u got affiliated to fifa, till the recent afcon. Stooges
  • Ndola says:
    July 19, 2012 07:06 pm
    We certainly not equal wth u,we're yo CHAMPIONS dummy.
  • Goldwyns says:
    July 19, 2012 07:13 pm
    @Dr No and Zash you guys its an open secret Ghanas football has gone to the dogs! This is not Ghana we used to know, so instead of playing sensible teams or country you go and train with china?! There so many countries in Africa that can make u run for yo money even Garbon or Togo can be better training than Chin Yao Tao's of this world! You remind me of our neighbours bafana bafana who opts to play the likes of brazil, argentina, etc but can't even ve a friendly with neighbors guess what south africa managed to win only 1 game last month out of 11 outings! Why? they think playing far far far away with light skinned people will make them Africa's soccer house! Alas! They only qualify thrru hosting! So Ghana go play Kazakstans just to boost your morale!
  • Zash says:
    July 19, 2012 08:10 pm
    @ndola i can just picture how ugly u look behind dat pc.@ goldwyns When did u guys start running ur mouths in football? U tink u hv arrived? The pharoahs of egypt, swept evrythin but r stil struggln to make it to the w.c, so pls dnt be haughty ok? The end'll surely justifiers the means.
  • joe says:
    July 19, 2012 09:13 pm
    Damnn Zambia
  • kay says:
    July 19, 2012 09:15 pm
    how different is Zambian football from Kazakhstan's. It's the same standard.No body knows Zambia outside Africa.
  • Zash says:
    July 19, 2012 09:35 pm
    sorry the end will surely justifer the means......... folk these. hoodlums
  • SADC says:
    July 19, 2012 10:14 pm
    Blunk Stars u bn dead 30years ago wen only 6 teams participated,prove it wth 53 Nations and may b, just may be i will wthdraw my opinion of your overated blunk stars.
  • kimco says:
    July 20, 2012 08:04 am
    wow... Some bad blood here. Aside from the insults though, the zambians are right on one thing; black stars is overrated now and it getting to our heads, and fail to see our faults cos everyone says we are a GREAT team, we don't look like champion material. They (Zambians) can talk big now because they are african champions. we should stop bragging about 30years glory and admit we need to step up and stop jumping for joy when players like asamoah gyan come back to the team. I mean we weren't scoring goals before he left why do we think this will change when he's back? On topic, china's football is growing but ofcos i agree with u people, playing african teams will do us a whole lot better even if it still doesn't help our fifa rankings, infact we really shouldn't be thinking about fifa ranking but rather building the team steadily, ala uruguay. And to the zambians, please why don't we be civilised in here, i always see that you guys always want to get into arguments here. Get a grip of urselves, you have won just ONE african cup of nations. Please let our ears rest. Thank you
  • Peacock says:
    July 22, 2012 08:30 am
    Fifa Rankings do not play and win you trophies. Where was Zambia before winning AFCON? That is the problem with Ghana, you want to be on top always but no latest AFCON Trophy apart from those jungle 4 jungle cups you won in the past. The Cup has been changed and it looks nice. Pure Gold. I think CAF should allow ZAMBIA to maintain it permanently since they have changed the format of playing in odd years. To be fair, for Confederation Cup, the winner of next year's AFCON, should play Zambia to decide who represent Africa if Zambia will not retain it. CAF is not fair. If it was North or West African Team, they would have done this.
  • Peacock says:
    July 22, 2012 08:37 am
    We won a very nice cup and above Ghana. Beaten twice in 4 months is not a joke. Really it pains you.
  • Peacock says:
    July 22, 2012 08:10 am
    Malawi will beat you if you play strong teams. Zanbia started playing small teams like India and lifted the AFCON trophy. But those who went strong teams came out as laughing stocks. GO GO FLAMES AND SCORCH THE BLACK JUJUS
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