Ghana have cancelled their scheduled high-profile friendly against South American giants Brazil next month, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.
The Black Stars were scheduled to take on the Seleção on 15 October as the South Americans prepare for their hosting of the 2014 World Cup.
However, the Black Stars will no longer take on the South Americans after the Ghanaians sealed their place in the 2014 World Cup playoffs, Ghana’s leading football news outlet, www.ghanasoccernet.com can reveal.
That is because the match, which was scheduled to be played in China, clashes with the first-leg of the World Cup playoffs.
This means Ghana will not have the time to play Brazil as they will be busy taking on their opponent in the playoffs.
The Ghana FA TENTATIVELY agreed to play the friendly knowing that they will be engaged in the final play-offs for the 2014 World Cup on 15 October.
With the Black Stars sealing their place in the playoffs, they will now not play in the match.
The conditional agreement means the Black Stars pull out without having to pay any damages to the Brazilians.
The clash with the five-time world champions could have been one of the high-status friendly Ghana have lined up in recent years.
The prestigious Brazil match could have formed part of Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi’s promise to take the Black Stars to another level in his second term in office.
Ghana have played Brazil thrice at the senior level with the five-time world champions winning all matches.
The two teams met in the second round of the 2006 World Cup, where Brazil beat Ghana 3-0 in Dortmund with goals from Ronaldo, Adriano and Ze Roberto.
Their second meeting came a year later in Sweden when Vagner Love’s first-half goal helped the South Americans to the victory in Stockholm.
Brazil beat Ghana 1-0 in their last meeting two years ago at Fulham’s Craven Cottage in London.