International Friendly Preview: Ghana v Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast will look to avenge their 2-1 friendly defeat to Ghana when the sides meet in the second game of their double-header on Friday.
The visitors took a seventh-minute lead in the first meeting between the pair on Wednesday through Romeo Zahoud, but Yakubu Mohamed struck either side of half-time to complete the comeback for Ghana.
However, Ivory Coast will not have to wait long to try and put the loss behind them, as the two teams square off again at the Len Clay Stadium, Obuasi.
Ghana will be hoping to build on the momentum they generated with the first victory, as they face a crucial clash with Lesotho in a Group D World Cup qualifying fixture on Sunday.
They currently trail leaders Zambia by one point, and could potentially face a final game showdown against the group leaders in September.
Ivory Coast have no such issues in Group C, and lead by four points with just two games remaining.
Sabri Lamouchi’s men can confirm their place in the final round of qualifying if they beat second-placed Tanzania on Sunday.
Lamouchi will be without Manchester City youngster Abdul Razak, and Mersin Idmanyurdu’s Jean-Jacques Gosso, as both players were sent home from training after reportedly being involved in a training ground brawl.
He may also decide to rest key players such as Manchester City’s Yaya Toure, Wilfried Bony of Vitesse and Newcastle United’s Cheick Tiote.
Asamoah Gyan, Sully Muntari and Wakaso Mubarak are all in the Ghana squad, but manager Kwesi Appiah will have to manage his resources ahead of their vital fixture on Sunday.
Thu 13 Jun, 2013