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Ghana to play the Netherlands in pre-World Cup friendly

Ghana Black Stars team in training

Ghana Black Stars team in training

Ghana will play the Netherlands in a pre-World Cup friendly just weeks to the start of the tournament in Brazil, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

The Black Black Stars will face the Orange on Saturday, May 31 in Rotterdam, the Dutch FA have confirmed.

The Orange will then play Wales in their final warm-up match before the World Cup four days after facing the Black Stars.

The Dutch FA, just like four years ago, have decided to play Ghana before the commencement of the World Cup finals.

Luis Van Gaal’s side opted to play the strong Black Stars team despite not facing an African opponent at the group stage of the World Cup which kicks off on June 12 in Brazil.

Ghana however stand to profit more by playing this friendly match as they will be offered a strong test by an elite European side before going to the tournament.

The friendly which is being played at the same venue as four years ago will give the Black Stars a unique opportunity to avenge a 4-1 defeat suffered against the Orange in the lead up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Ghana will also pick up vital experience playing against an elite European national team as they will be facing giants Germany and Portugal in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup.

With an array of world class players such as Robin Van Persie, Arjen Robben, Nigel De Jong and Rafael Van Der Vaart, the Black Stars are sure to have a stern test in all departments before embarking on their World Cup campaign.

Ghana will also pose a threat to the Orange team with world beaters such as Michael Essien, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Sulley Muntari and Kwadwo Asamoah.

The news which is being revealed by Ghana’s leading football website also hints at a possible European training camp for the Black Stars.

The Ghana FA are yet t0 reveal plans for the Black Stars ahead of their third successive World Cup appearance.

There are hints of a possible training camp in the USA but with news of this friendly, the Black Stars are more likely to camp in Europe to save the players from rigorous travels if indeed rumours of training camp in the US are true.

Do you think the Black Stars match against Holland will give Ghana the stiff test needed before the World Cup?

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. Richmond says:

    That’s a great news if it’s true cuz that’s a good test for the black stars and I Hope the coach will use Adam kwarasey

  2. Richie says:

    This will be a gud test 4 da black stars

  3. FRANK THOMAS says:

    THAT IS A PIECE OF GOOD NEWS BUT JUST ONE OF THE LOT
    I THINK WE HAVE TO PLAY SPAIN AND ARGENTINA TOO BEFORE THE TOURNAMENT

  4. LIPOHungary says:

    Great news. We have to prepare well for the WC2014 ! We need strong partners for friendlies, like Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Netherlands, Italy, France, Ivory Coast, Colombia, Mexico, Spain, etc.

  5. keith from germany says:

    A great move in the right direction.
    That will be a good test for the senior national.
    But i still they get an opponent in march to play against since 5 march is a fifa international friendly match day

  6. johnny says:

    Couple of softer friendlies before the Holland game will be good to assess players’ readiness for selection.

  7. benyvv says:

    Akwasi Appiah needs to shun prejudice against Kwaresay and start using him to boost his confidence before the world cup.
    Dauda is not a world cup material.
    There is a story on Ghanaweb that, Dauda’s coach at OLANDO PIRATES has said that Dauda is not good enough to start in post for Orlando pirates.
    Why is Akwasi Appiah still wants to play bench warming Dauda ahead of Kwaresay.
    Holland will beat Ghana 10-0 with Dauda in post.

  8. spellBOUND says:

    where are all the naysayers who criticized the friendly with montenegro. i said a high friendly is in the works, and here it is. now all we need is a final friendly with a south american side. columbia, argentina, chile, brazil, etc…

  9. Assemblyman says:

    And I see Dr.Fatau Dauda keeping the post..What a joke!!

  10. FOOTBALL MOTHER says:

    MR K.N.PLEASE TALK TO KNVB TO MOVE THE GAME FROM ROTERDAM TO AMSTERDAM BECAUSE THE GHANAIAN LIVING IN AMSTERDAM ARE MORE THAN THOSE LIVING IN ROTERDAM.OUR FUTURE BLACK STARS WILL LOVE TO GO BUT ROTERDAM IS TOO FAR FOR THEM.