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Ghana FA confirms Holland pre-World Cup friendly

Published on: 28 January 2014

The Ghana FA has confirmed a high-profile international friendly against Holland in Rotterdam in May ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

Ghana’s leading football outlet, broke the news about the high-profile friendly which will take place at the Feyernord stadium on May 31.

"We have concluded an agreement to play a high-profile friendly as part of our preparations for the 2014 World Cup," FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi told the association’s website

"The Black Stars will play Holland in Rotterdam in May to give us the tough test we need ahead of the World Cup.

"Holland are ranked ninth in the world and are one of the giants in football. Playing them will help the players and technical team prepare for the tournament in Brazil.

"We want to leave no stone unturned in our preparation for the World Cup and we believe the match against Holland will help us a lot in this direction.”

The Dutch FA, just like four years ago, have decided to play Ghana before the commencement of the World Cup finals.

Luis Van Gaal’s side opted to play the strong Black Stars team despite not facing an African opponent at the group stage of the World Cup which kicks off on June 12 in Brazil.

Ghana however stand to profit more by playing this friendly match as they will be offered a strong test by an elite European side before going to the tournament.

The friendly which is being played at the same venue as four years ago will give the Black Stars a unique opportunity to avenge a 4-1 defeat suffered against the Orange in the lead up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Ghana will also pick up vital experience playing against an elite European national team as they will be facing giants Germany and Portugal in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup.

With an array of world class players such as Robin Van Persie, Arjen Robben, Nigel De Jong and Rafael Van Der Vaart, the Black Stars are sure to have a stern test in all departments before embarking on their World Cup campaign.

Ghana will also pose a threat to the Orange team with world beaters such as Michael Essien, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Sulley Muntari and Kwadwo Asamoah.


This article has 9 comment(s), give your comment
  • Richard says:
    January 28, 2014 10:59 pm
    Congratulation GSN...this new interface is magical and excellent. Ossseeeey GSN....but give us more authentic filla too to go with the new look.
  • Ghost of Sparta says:
    January 28, 2014 06:37 pm
    I was there four years ago, and am going to be there again this year. Greetings, Al
  • Benito says:
    January 29, 2014 12:53 am
    One friendly match is not enough,at three matches is not bad.we must prepare very
  • johnny says:
    January 29, 2014 12:56 am
    Wow, no pop-Ups and audio commercials! Hope this lasts. BTW, Ghana beats Holland this time.
  • koi says:
    January 29, 2014 06:14 am
  • Fu-Chu says:
    January 29, 2014 03:39 pm
    This is great news to me. Holland is simply quality and has consistently been one of the best teams in the world, lately.
  • JOY says:
    January 29, 2014 10:35 pm
    Bomb Shell Isaac Addo GFA
  • Sebastian says:
    February 16, 2014 11:13 pm
    Where can I get a ticket for the match ?
  • johnny says:
    January 28, 2014 05:39 pm
    Good one! Meanwhile, play couple of other friendlies before that, to assess players' readiness for the big tournament.