2014 World Cup: USA coach wants to use Nigeria friendly to prepare for Ghana opener

USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann

USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann

By Ameenu Shardow

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USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann is hoping to use their friendly match against Nigeria to equip his side adequately for their 2014 World Cup opener against Ghana.

The Yanks will be facing the Super Eagles in their final warm up match on Saturday before they head out to Brazil for the World Cup.

USA have won all two build up games against Azerbaijan and Turkey and will be hoping to extend this good form against Nigeria who play an almost similar style of football to that of Ghana – USA’s Group G opponents.

Coach Klinsmann admits his side remain a work in progress but is putting a lot of premium on Saturday’s friendly against the West Africans to offer him the final piece of the pawn ahead of their June 16 clash against the Black Stars.

“We’re still in the building phase,” he said.

“We still have [some] days to go. So we’re not done now with all the work we’re going to put in their legs and minds. . . . We’ve got to work, work, work.

“We time it, hopefully, the right way to get them all sharp, all right, all fresh for Ghana, but still we’re a work in process right now.”

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Andy D says:

    Almost all Klisman interviews i have heard has always been about Ghana…These guys are dead serious…. “We time it, hopefully, the right way to get them all sharp, all right, all fresh for Ghana” not for the world cup but Ghana…Hope our guys are also very serious about the u.s.a match

  2. Pasi says:

    Fellow patriots take heart because if anything to by Holand friendly showed how fit and ready our boys are especially the second half! The Stars are ready with or without south korea friendly..
    Talk is always cheap America.See you on the field.

  3. 21guns says:

    Usa will thrash the vultures of Nigeria
    Usa 3 vultures 0

  4. phlin says:

    Usa will thrash the vultures of Nigeria
    Usa 3 vultures 0

  5. Pasi says:

    We are stronger, fitter, technically gifted, expérienced,faster, and above all hungrier! Beat that!

  6. 21guns says:

    @phlin, you are very stupid guy ok have you seen how you have been exposed so you are the one using my name to attack, man grow up, and stop using my name, you are the same fool who was using selfmade’s name right it better you stop using peoples I’d for a crime you must be a criminal
    Are you not a mad man, use your own

  7. Kofi wiafe says:

    USA can never score Nigeria. Is gonna be drawn at least.

  8. 21guns says:

    I went to. KON and I saw the same shit there, you are just a coward, why will you attack KON when they’ve not attack. Useless people like you never want peace.

    Nkwasiasem,

  9. phlin says:

    @21guns, is the name on your passport?
    Chai aproko like you.you never see nothing self lol

  10. Abinga says:

    21guns paaaa…..uncouth and uncultured behaviour paa nie hmmmmm……we are better than the Naija people in terms of football……how on earth should Klinsmann compare us…..we shall c come the 16th.

  11. kuukuphilly says:

    Even if they beat Nigeria that doesn’t mean they will beat us..just cannot wait.

  12. wee ba says:

    The yanks can neva beat nija,over my dead body.if they beat nigeria then it means they are really ready to face us

  13. Ghost of Sparta says:

    Break a leg Nigeria. No really, break a leg.

  14. 21guns says:

    This game will decide the Ghana usa game, I am expecting tough between usa and nigeria

  15. 21guns says:

    Guys the first comment is not my comment it a guy who forged my name. Take note

  16. Ali says:

    USA can even play Brazil and win but not Nigeria or Ghana In Sha Allahu. Allah bless African teams.

  17. Mannie says:

    Nogeria does not play like Ghana.. They better get that right!! Ghana is much less physical and more possesive

  18. OHENENANA says:

    Nigeria and ghana are two different teams both are athletic and technicaly gifted but they use different tactics Ghana plays 4-4-2 and can play multiple ways possesion or counter atacking and most balls go trough midfield Nigeria plays 4-3-3 and direct and counter atacking most balls go trough the wings im sure this will be a 2-1 for Naija

  19. Goodnews says:

    Usa cant beat nig, ghana shd be cautious,

  20. Benito says:

    We all know how exaggerative Americans can be,when their team is not even doing well,they still claim they are in good shape,talk is cheap.the pitch will decide on June 16,5:30 eatern time in USA.may the best team win.

  21. Benito says:

    Hahahaha,pardon me it’s slip of fingers..of course we gonna eat them..it’s eastern time.5:30pm.

  22. GHANSON says:

    KUM FaYYa KUM!!! Nogokpo magic
    GHA 4-1 USA

    • nana adwoa twekese says:

      Did you really watch Nigeria vrs U.S.A?…listen go and watch it so that you can refrain from your baseless preditions. Klinsmann beat the Keshi from the bench, tactically klinsmann knows what he was doing, played varied tactics during play and the yankees were quicker and hunglier.
      Tactically Akwasi Appiah is very weak, often get lost in his own game approach. What was he doing tactically when Ghana play Holland, please don’t tell me it was just a friendly. With Akaminko out of the team, the defence is very weak, can he leave Essien on the bench and play formidable Afriyie Idoubt.

  23. Johnny says:

    What kind of defense is this, for Nigeria? Guess what, even Altidore has got a goal against Nigeria, and it was the easiest a tap-in as one can imagicn. There was no Nigerian defender within 10 yards of two US attackers who were standing less than 10 yards from goal when a cross came in, for either of the US attackers to tap in; the other guy left it for Altidore, ‘cos he has not scored in about two years. LOL!!

  24. Johnny says:

    What kind of defense is this, for Nigeria? Guess what, even Altidore has got a goal against Nigeria, and it was the easiest a tap-in as one can imagicn. There was no Nigerian defender within 10 yards of two US attackers who were standing less than 10 yards from goal when a cross came in, for either of the US attackers to tap in; the other guy left it for Altidore, ‘cos he has not scored in about two years. LOL!! 1-0 U.S.A.

  25. nana adwoa twekese says:

    Did you really watch Nigeria vrs U.S.A?…listen go and watch it so that you can refrain from your baseless preditions. Klinsmann beat Keshi from the bench, tactically klinsmann knows what he was doing, played varied tactics during play and the yankees were quicker and hunglier.
    Tactically Akwasi Appiah is very weak, often get lost in his own game approach. What was he doing tactically when Ghana play Holland, please don’t tell me it was just a friendly. With Akaminko out of the team, the defence is very weak, can he leave Essien on the bench and play formidable Afriyie I doubt.