Ghana travel to Wembley on Tuesday night aiming to be the first African side to beat England – and they could have a great chance of making history as the hosts are likely to field a second-string team.
It will be the first time the ‘Black Stars’ line up against the English national side and England manager Fabio Capello has warned he could make 11 changes from the team that beat Wales 2-0 in a European Championship qualifier on Saturday.
However, Ghana players will have had one less day to recover having beaten the Congo 3-0 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Brazzaville yesterday.
More than 20,000 tickets have been snapped up by Ghana fans cheering on their heroes to what could be an historic victory against the former “colonial masters”.
A number of Ghana’s stars are used to the English conditions, earning their living in the Premier League. Trio Asamoah Gyan, Sulley Muntari and captain John Mensah play for Sunderland, while John Paintsil plays for Fulham and goalkeeper Richard Kingson for Blackpool.
“Statistically no African side has ever beaten England so we will go there to try our luck,” Gyan said. “I have never played at Wembley so it is like a dream come true. This is a huge game for us Ghanaians.
“There will be massive support for us. I have had so many calls from people asking for tickets – I don’t know how to get them though. England have been our colonial masters so everyone in Ghana knows about them. If we are not playing everyone at home always supports the English team.
The friendly is a sell-out, although star players Wayne Rooney, captain John Terry, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Michael Dawson have already returned to club duty and will not feature in the match.
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Ghana aims to be the first African team to beat England as it gets ready to play a friendly against England.
I hope that history is made on the day both sides play. I’m sure this will be a good game to watch. It is always exciting to watch Ghana’s black stars, especially in person. The fans that will be able to attend the game will enjoy every minute of the experience.
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