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Ghana line-up prestigious friendly against Brazil

Published on: 17 August 2011

Ghana have lined up a prestigious friendly against Brazil next month, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

The match will be played in London on 5 September.

The Black Stars will take on the five-time world champions at Craven Cottage, the home for Premier League side Fulham.

"We have agreed to play Brazil in London on 5 September as part of our big plans for the Black Stars," a Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi told GHANAsoccernet.com exclusively.

"We want to give the Black Stars the best opponents the the best preparation possible. That's why we are playing some of the world's best teams.

"This match will serve as a good test for our readiness for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations and we are confident we will qualify."

The game will be played three days after the Black Stars host Swaziland in Group I of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

The high profile match forms part of Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi's promise to take the Black Stars to another level in his second term in office.

The game comes just months six months after playing England for the first time in a highly-successful friendly at Wembley.

The Black Stars would have played arch rivals Nigeria in London last week but the game was called off because of riots in the European country.

The game against Brazil in London will attract huge number of Ghanaians in the UK and Europe after the England game proved to be an enjoyable outing for people from the West African country.

By organising the game with Brazil, Nyantakyi is delivering on his promise further raising the status of the Black Stars, having supervised the country in making it first two World Cup appearances which were both successful.

Even though the Black Stars are yet to seal their place at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, the match against Brazil is the tough challenge Ghana need if they are to their fifth continental title next year.

The match pitches together two teams that met in the second round of the 2006 World Cup, where Brazil beat Ghana 3-0 in Dortmund.

But in last year's global tournament, the Black Stars reached the quater final as the South American giants struggled in the tournament in South Africa.

Since that game in Germany, the two sides have clashed once in a friendly.

Vagner Love's first-half goal gave Brazil a 1-0 win over Ghana in a friendly match at the Rasunda stadium in Stockholm, Sweden in 2007.

The game was a rematch of the 2006 second-round World Cup clash.

Ghana's youth national teams have also been promised similar big matches.

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