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World Cup 2014: USA coach Klinsmann delighted to face Nigeria in friendly before Ghana clash

Published on: 22 March 2014
Klinsmann says he is delighted to play Nigeria before taking on Ghana

USA national team head coach, Jurgen Klinsmann says he is thrilled by the opportunity to play against Nigeria in a pre-World Cup friendly that will prepare them to face Ghana at the tournament in Brazil.

The German trainer is happy that the match will give them the chance to test an African opponent before they play the Black Stars at the World Cup especially when Nigeria are Ghana's arch-rivals.

The game, the last in a three-match send-off programme organised by the United States Soccer Federation will hold on June 7 at the EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.

Klinsmann believes the Super Eagles will offer him an insight on how to plan his strategy for USA's Group G foe, Ghana when both sides clash on June 16 in the opening group game at the Estadio das Dunas, Natal in Brazil.

“We are absolutely thrilled with the schedule we have put together for the Send-Off Series,” said Klinsmann.

“We have some fantastic opponents that will help us get prepared for the teams we will meet in the World Cup.”

Meanwhile tickets for the match will go on sale as from today,according to the organisers.


  • KWO says:
    March 23, 2014 01:57 am
    @ keskatroy Didin't we just watch Ghana lose to some unknown country 2 weeks ago? Nigeria is way better than Ghana,they are not ranks.If USA could play draw with Nigeria,then the USA will likely beat Ghana. But Nigeria may beat the USA,except they just don't want to showoff their game plans then the game could be draw.
  • swagger d ginger says:
    March 23, 2014 11:32 am
    @keskatroy, nigeria is weak team that won nations cup dat ghana can't win in 35 yrs still
  • anokwale says:
    March 24, 2014 02:57 am
    This is the reality with African teams. Inconsistency is the theme. Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory Coast can probably beat everyone but can also lose to everyone. This is the reality.
  • keskatroy says:
    March 22, 2014 04:34 pm
    They will beat Nigeria.Nigeria is very weak side.They will be mistaken to compare the two countries.Ghana is miles ahead of them
  • GH ZG4LIFE says:
    March 22, 2014 03:37 pm
    Nigeria should let USA win so they will come on june 16th thinking they bout to do the same to Ghana.mind games lol
  • Cinci says:
    March 22, 2014 02:09 pm
    I doubt if Nigeria game will do USA any good, having said that the Black Stars have no choice but to beat USA.
  • kwame says:
    March 22, 2014 01:02 pm
    Nigeria would beat them hand down, so they would know the battle that awaits them ahead
  • swagger says:
    March 22, 2014 10:30 am
    Something keeps telling me that black stars will loose all their group matches including the one against USA
  • kuukuphilly says:
    March 22, 2014 08:32 am
    Waste of time and resources.
  • swagger d ginger says:
    March 22, 2014 11:18 am
    Something keeps telling me that ghana will not qualify from their group, they will loose against USA