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Ghana mulls Zimbabwe friendly


Fresh from hosting former world champions Brazil, Zimbabwe might score yet another goal with reports that 2010 World Cup quarter-finalists Ghana might come to our shores for an international friendly match on 7 September.

The Black Stars, arguably Africa’s team of the moment, are expected to fly into Zimbabwe after playing their 2012 African Cup of Nations against Swaziland in Mbabane on 5 September.

The 2012 African Cup of Nations finals will be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

According to recent reports Harare businessman Phillip Chiyangwa is believed to have splashed $200 000 to bring the West African side to Zimbabwe.

The match is expected to be played at the National Sports Stadium.

Initially, the match had been billed for mid-August but the Ghanaians opted to play South Africa yesterday in Johannesburg.

Chiyangwa confirmed that he would bankroll the match and has since mandated the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) and the Zimbabwe Football Association to facilitate Ghana’s visit.

The Warriors are scheduled to play against Liberia in an away fixture on September 4.

ZTA was instrumental in bringing the Brazilian national team to the National Sports Stadium on June 2 in an international friendly, which was dogged by accusations of fraud.

The US$200 000 would cover the costs of chartering a plane for Ghana to Zimbabwe and appearance fees for the Ghanaians who are demanding $5 000 each.

Ghana were the most successful African team at the recent World Cup, reaching the quarter-finals of the tournament, which has seen many of their players rise to prominence.

If Zimbabwe successfully attracts the West African side, local fans will have the chance to watch World Cup stars such as Dede Ayew, marksman Asamoah Gyan, John Mensah and Anthony Annan.

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