By Rob Stewart
Ghana defender John Pantsil has predicted that the African nation will teach Brazil a lesson in how to play beautiful football when the two nations meet in a friendly in London next week.
A bullish Pantsil is convinced that Ghana can reproduce the form that saw his country reach the World Cup quarter-finals in South Africa last year when they face the team synonymous with the so-called 'beautiful game'.
The two teams will face each other in a high-profile fixture at Fulham’s Craven Cottage on Monday, September 5, after a fixture originally due to take place in Watford had to be postponed earlier this month because of the rioting in London, but he is certain that the players will make sure that the game is well worth waiting for.
“I am very excited about taking on Brazil and it should be a great spectacle,” Pantsil told Goal.com. “We are playing really well and I am sure that the fans will see two really dynamic sides.
“Ghana will beat Brazil. How? With our commitment. We will play as a team and keep our discipline. We will play our normal game. That means we will play beautiful football but we will follow the coach’s instructions very carefully.”
The 30-year-old Pantsil is certain that his team will have an extra advantage in the shape of their supporters.
“I am sure that it will be a really good game for both teams and there will be plenty of Ghana fans there to roar us on as well like they did when we played England last season,” Pantsil added.
“We are still in really good shape after the World Cup. We are still kicking on and we are top of our group in the African Nations Cup.
“There is still a long way to go until the Nations and there is even longer to go until the next World Cup finals in Brazil but we are feeling good.”
Pantsil is now plying his trade in England at Championship side Leicester City after being persuaded to leave Premier League side Fulham by Foxes manager Sven Goran-Eriksson.
“It has been all right at Leicester,” Pantsil added. “We are aiming to get back in the Premier League and we are working as hard as we possibly can to make sure that happens.”
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