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Ghana's World Cup opponents Zambia line-up Senegal friendly to prepare for Black Stars

Published on: 04 July 2013

Ghana's World Cup qualifying group opponents have line-up a friendly against Senegal in August in preparation for their clash with the Black Stars in September.

The Chipolopolo, who will play Ghana in the crucial final World Cup qualifier on 6 September, will travel to France to play the game.

The match will be played on 14 August even though the venue is yet to be confirmed.

The Senegalese are keen on playing the match in Paris as it will be easy to assemble their Europe-based players there.

“We have confirmation from Zambian officials for the encounter of August 14 in France but we are yet to choose a venue,” said Victor Ciss, secretary general of the football body.

“However, we want the match to hold around the Paris region in order to facilitate the arrival of our professionals.”

Senegal will also use the friendly as part of preparations for the final match day of the 2014 World Cup qualifying second round.

Both teams are vying for their respective group’s berth to the final round of the qualifying, with the Chipolopolo trailing Ghana by 1 point in Group D ahead of their September 6 clash in Accra, while the Teranga Lions, who are leading Group J with 9 points, will play host to second-placed Uganda (8pts) on the same date.

Ghana is yet to confirm an opponent for the August friendly date.


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  • Nene says:
    July 04, 2013 09:34 am
    Mr. editor enough of Zambia
  • GH Panther says:
    July 04, 2013 09:34 am
    i may be wrong but ghana hardly play much friendly matches these days. we need them now to blend in the returning players and assesss before competitive matches.The Japan game i hear is after the zambian match.
  • Chu says:
    July 04, 2013 09:30 am
    Good friendly but wrong venue. and even senegal plays better than the blackstars but france cant give the kumasi touch
  • ERIC ABBAN says:
    July 04, 2013 09:08 am
    what is actually wrong with this Zambians , do they think they can even get a draw in Ghana? did they watch Brazil VR SPAIN confederation final ?they should take a clue from that game n stop wasting their energy on try matches.
  • Prettytony says:
    July 04, 2013 08:08 pm
    @papa,you called a team that carried the whole of Africa in da last world cup mediocre? Am very sure you even supported that "mediocre team" when they were making africa proud,hell you might have even used them to brag to ur white friends(dat is if u have some)about how good african teams can be.Now all dat have been forgotten,all of a sudden dat same team is mediocre.Since u brought in da epl n likened arsenal to da blackstars,I don't noe if dat is fair judgement,but I can live with dat, cos arsenal still remain one of da power houses in da epl n have da respect of all da top teams cos they have won cups before n also have da pedigree to beat any team at any given day.Zambia on the otherhand, is more like wigan athletic,you win one Fa cup and go into oblivion and that's Wat zambia did in winning da afcon 2012.And dat is something we can't respect cos any team can ride on luck like u did n win a cup,but to be called a power house you have to be consistent.From where we stand, we see Zambia as Greece of African football,flash in a pan.
  • Papa says:
    July 04, 2013 07:08 pm
    @Prettytony, There's an English proverb that says a miss is as good as mile. You speak of consistency, but a team can be a consistent underachiever, or better, consistently mediocre. Even Everton is consistent because they are always in the top eight, but they have no silverware. Ghana is the Arsenal of African football, heavy on glitz,glamour and reputation, but no substance. Arsenal have won no trophy in over a decade. I would rather win once than be consistently mediocre which is what Ghana has become in recent decades. One athlete who came second in an olympic race was asked by a journalist,"How does it feel to win silver?" His answer was,"You do not win silver, you lose the gold". Silver and bronze counts for nothing. Ghana has been losing gold since 1982 and that is mediocrity.
    July 04, 2013 05:53 pm
    @....salim al khatari. Its true that Zambia's cup is still new but answer these 2 questions honestly...... 1)Is the cup in Zambia?I'm sure you know that you have to win thrice before you retain the cup for good. 2)Aren't Zambia former champions like Ghana?In Zambias case ,you failed to win the cup after 1 year.
  • salim Al khatari says:
    July 04, 2013 05:08 pm
    Zambia's cup is still new n polished while Ghana's is dusty n rusty that no DNA can be detected.1982 is a long time.
  • Prettytony says:
    July 04, 2013 04:10 pm
    @papa,once again u are wrong,Ghana doesn't lean on past achievements as u put it,check ur facts well Ghana has been the most consistent african team in recent times.take da last four afcon n you will understand what am talking about.It's true da afcon cup has eluded us since 82,but we've been the most consistent african team even if you take away da last two world cups...Is dat what you call past glory? Now,about zambia beaten us twice ? congratulations u did,and I think its da reason why zambians believe their team has arrived cos you have beaten mighty blackstars,ivory coast n senegal.But sorry ,we don't believe you,you need more people.You will have to perform on dat high level consistently for u to earn our respect ,cos as it stands,we all believe ur team is a fluke n rode on luck and the last afcon n world cup matches buttress our point. My brother you can't call yourselves giant of african football if you can't account for lesotho n Sudan home n away.
    July 04, 2013 03:49 pm
    @ Kenny, Dontchi kubeba,,,
  • Hahahaa says:
    July 04, 2013 03:41 pm
    Haha I get it know Zambians graciously concede and then they give excuses hahhaa LOL
  • Papa says:
    July 04, 2013 02:27 pm
    We accept that fact, but Ghanaians must also accept the fact that in that match in London, Zambia did not have a complete team because there were visa hitches that prevented our players from arriving on time for that game and we ended up fielding Zambian students studying in the UK. Ghana effectively beat a Zambian school team.
  • Papa says:
    July 04, 2013 02:14 pm
    @Prettytony, you also misunderstood what the Zambian celebrations were about. No objective Zambian doubts that Ghana has a bigger reputation than Zambia traditionally in African football. And the operative word here is "traditionally". At present, however, the Ghanaian national team is NOT better than the Zambian national team and the recent results between the two teams speak for themselves. Zambia has not only "rubbed shoulders" with Ghana to borrow your language, but actually "pinned down" the Black Stars into submission. Ghanaians can shout all they like that they are giants of African football, but the results speak otherwise. In modern times, Ghana simply leans on past achievements. You can't win a new war by simply telling your enemy that you used to decimate your foes in the past. You must exhibit your strength and Ghana has not done that against Zambia.
  • Kenny says:
    July 04, 2013 01:56 pm
    Do you really believe that Zambia is equal to Ghana? Really? Can Zambia beat Ghana 4-0? Do you know we have trashed you before? Don't you believe we can do it again? Zambia is good in football but Ghana is great in football, yes, a great football nation - in all categories of both men and women football. DO YOU AGREE?
  • Kenny says:
    July 04, 2013 02:03 pm
    Sudan will welcome Zambia back at Khartoum for a friendly. Zambia should go to CIV and play against the elephants - they are patiently praying and waiting for the day they will lay hands on Zambia.
  • Zambians r silly says:
    July 04, 2013 01:39 pm
    Senegal r not any better if they r also struggling to qualify @ the expense of Uganda
  • Dot com says:
    July 04, 2013 01:42 pm
    Zambia the copper bullets are indeed polishing their bullets to shoot down the black star! watch this space..!! chipolopolo all the way
  • Kenny says:
    July 04, 2013 01:44 pm
    When was the last time Zambians accepted that Ghana has beaten Chipolopolo 4-0 in UK? Now, I ask you do you accept that we have trashed you before?
  • Kwame Adu-Gyamfi says:
    July 04, 2013 01:48 pm
    There is a rumor of Ghana v Serbia friendly in August.
  • Kenny says:
    July 04, 2013 01:31 pm
    Show some respect. Our U20 is not ordinary team but FORMER WORLD CHAMPIONS. Zambia should play Sudan in Khartoum, if you are that good.
  • King says:
    July 04, 2013 01:27 pm
    @Papa. one cold beer for you!! They say Truth is bitter. You are spot on! Even Ethiopia,sudan,and DR congo have one afcon trophy each. DR congo 2 afcon titles in those incient days.those countries have forgotten that they have won afcon titles haha.Ghanaians bring it on!!!
  • Papa says:
    July 04, 2013 12:49 pm
    Ghanaians have gone quiet in the face of facts.
  • Prettytony says:
    July 04, 2013 01:17 pm
    @papa,you simply don't get it,I'm saying, no ghanaian would have had problem with you, if you had been magnanimous in ur your victory,rather your country men flooded our sites insulting ghanaians day in and out.No one was stopping you from celebrating the only achievement your country had chalked after independence,but cmon, you wanted to rub shoulders n put yourselves in da same brackets with the giants of African football,and we were only pointing out to you dat ,you didn't belong to dat league, but rather "cosafa"
  • Crown says:
    July 04, 2013 12:44 pm
    Football is playd on the pitch and on 6th septeber it is going to be ghana vs zambia,eleven vs eleven.let us just waite and see.via chipolopolo fan.
  • Papa says:
    July 04, 2013 12:39 pm
    @Prettytony,Every team has a right to celebrate its achievements including both Ghana and Zambia. Did you expect Zambia to be quiet simply because we have won only one cup of nations compared to Ghana's four? Zambia was the best team in Equatorial Guinea and beat all the favourites including Senegal, Ivory Coast and Ghana. What Ghanaians did not want to hear was that zambia was the best in 2012. That was the fact and that is why the trophy went to Lusaka and not Accra. Ghana were not even second best because they were beaten even by Mali. We acknowledge Ghana's past triumphs and all we expect from Ghanaians is to accept that we beat in 2012 and were the rightful champions of Africa. We do not begrudge you your past victories and do not begrudge us our 2012 victory. Ghanaians learn to accept defeat. You were losers in 2012 and accept that. Infact, you have been losers since 1982.
  • Papa says:
    July 04, 2013 12:23 pm
    There is no need for you to insult me. If you disagree, just state your point. On the Sudan-Zambia match which we lost 2-0 in Khartoum, No Zambian claimed that Zambia played well. All Zambians were critical of the teams performance. There were also good reasons why the team did not perform in Khartoum. The travel plans made by the FA were shambolic and the team arrived a day before the match and they did not even train. You must understand that Khartoum is extremely hot and the temperature was 48 degrees during the match and the altitude is also high. The Zambian players never had the time to acclimatise to these conditions of thin air and high temperatures and that is why the zambian players were lethargic during the match. They couldn't run. Your BS went to Ethiopia to train at high altitude for almost a week and that is one of the reasons you won in Sudan. On the petition against Sudan, it was within the rules and had nothing to do with pride.
  • Zambians should never dream of world says:
    July 04, 2013 11:44 am
    @papa... fool, then why did u run 4 the protest when u were beaten by sudan. U should have acept that defeat. Wat u must put in mind is, if not that fake points, u'll be 3rd on the table and even behind sudan.
  • Prettytony says:
    July 04, 2013 12:02 pm
    @papa,u are talkin about pride? I can't believe this,ur arrogance n pride rose to astronomical level after winning ur first afcon.You started insulting every country that was sympathetic n supported u to win da cup cos of da unfortunate plane crash.So if Zambia winning one cup can be this boastful n arrogant ,dnt you think Ghana havin won 4 cups has every right to be proud?..And let no one say we won da cup when we had 8 teams competing and blah blah blah ,what were da likes of zambia doin then? still living under caves?..Please give us a break
  • Papa says:
    July 04, 2013 11:02 am
    @Kuukuphilly,one of the differences between Zambians and Ghanaians is that in defeat Zambians are gracious and accept that they have been beaten.Ghanaians on the other hand never concede defeat even when they have been beaten. If Ghana beats Zambia in Kumasi I will be the first one to congratulate you and I am not going to hide away. One of the things that angers Zambians is the pride of Ghanaians which makes it impossible for them to pat others on the back when they do well. As Zambians we love Ghana, we're just irritated by your extreme pride.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    July 04, 2013 10:51 am
    @ papa I won't u to be around after the kumasi game ok.I like chatting with u but mind u am not homophobic.
  • Papa says:
    July 04, 2013 10:34 am
    The atmosphere created by passionate fans during a competitive match can never be replicated during a friendly. It is ok for zambia to play in Paris against a strong attacking side in Senegal. Ghana chose the wrong date for its friendly against Japan. I can even foresee that friendly being cancelled after Ghana lose. Ghana should have given more respect to zambia by having a friendly before the Kumasi match and not after. Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.
  • Papa says:
    July 04, 2013 10:38 am
    I am Zambian, but I agree. Ghana should concentrate on its team and not on Zambia.
  • Papa says:
    July 04, 2013 10:26 am
    @Eric Abban, something is wrong with your mind. What is wrong with a team planning for its future? You want Zambia to sit idle and give up before the Kumasi match? Your U20 team beat Portugal against all odds. Football is full of surprises, but in the match against Ghana it will be business as usual with the BS loosing to Chipolopolo!
  • Adam says:
    July 06, 2013 02:07 am
    I am a Ghanaian but to be frank, these Zambians are classy people and after reading the above, I have nothing but total respect for Zambians. BTW, I can't just imagine Ghana losing the game in Kumasi, it's just impossible. Sorry Zambia, I wish you were playing Nigerian or Algeria, where you could have with luck won against those two countries. Ghana is just too big for Zambia.
  • Dot com says:
    July 08, 2013 06:57 am
    Zambia is the best... and this will be proven when we thump you at your own back yard
    July 13, 2013 12:07 pm
    @ Dot com.............The best teams are consistent and don't lose points at home.Mind you,you failed to beat Sudan at home and don't expect any favours from us in Kumasi.We are ready for you.This time ,don't give excuses when you're humbled convincinly