Appiah, Olele talk about Ghana-USA rivalry ahead of friendly

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The former Black Stars players discuss issues surrounding the matchup

Prominent members of Ghana's technical team have shed light on the brewing rivalry with the USA as the two sides prepare to face off in an international friendly on Saturday.

The game is set to be the fourth meeting between both countries since 2006, with Ghana having emerged victors in two of three games, which all ended 2-1 at three Fifa World Cup tournaments.

Ghana technical coordinator Stephen Appiah is privileged to have played in the first two games, which went in favour of the Black Stars.

"In 2006, that game was very close," the former Juventus midfielder told KweseESPN.

"We needed extra time to settle the game in 2010, and in 2014 they beat us and effectively damaged our World Cup hopes, so there is always an extra edge to the game.

"I don't think there are many people who think the USA isn't a country to bother about much when it comes to football."

Having lasted the entire duration of the first two meetings, Ghana goalkeepers' trainer Richard Kingson talks about the mentality going into such games.

"As players we have never gone into a game against the USA thinking about their pedigree in the sport," said, the ex-Galatasaray shot-stopper.

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"We have always gone in with utmost respect for the team."

Saturday's showdown comes off at the Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Connecticut.


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