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Ghana expects tougher challenge in Mexico, USA friendlies

Published on: 24 June 2017
Ghana expects tougher challenge in Mexico, USA friendlies
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Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says he expects tougher opposition from Mexico and the United States as the Black Stars prepare for September's crucial World Cup qualifiers.

The Black Stars will play Mexico in Houston on Wednesday before travelling to Connecticut where they face arch-rivals the United States in friendlies.

In the first match of his second stint in charge of the Black Stars, Appiah led the side to smash Ethiopia 5-0 in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Ghana will face Congo in two back-to-back matches in September in the next round of qualifiers for World Cup to be held in Russia next year.

The two friendly matches against Mexico and USA will help the Black Stars in their preparations ahead of the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers.

Appiah says his charges are ready to continue from where they left off in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia in Kumasi two weeks ago.

However the former defender doesn't expect a smashing of his opponents in next week's friendlies as they will provide tougher opposition.

"We don’t expect a five-star performance as the opponents are different. However, we seek to build upon what we achieved against Ethiopia," Kwesi Appiah told the Graphic Sports.

"I can say that we are ready and I am confident that the players will deliver," Appiah said confidently.

Ghana have one point from two matches in the World Cup qualifiers after sharing the spoils goalless at home with Uganda and losing 2-0 to Egypt, whom they trail by five points.

Victories in the two matches will enhance their chances of qualifying and the friendlies against Mexico and the USA is seen as the preparation for September's games.

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