Mensah speaks on Ghana-USA rivalry ahead of international friendly

The 26-year-old gives an early preview of the upcoming fixture between the Black Stars and the Stars and Stripes on July 1

Ghana international Jonathan Mensah is eagerly awaiting the upcoming exhibition match with the USA, a game he reckons would be more than just a friendly.

The Black Stars are set to face the Stars and Stripes at the Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Connecticut, on July 1, three days after playing Mexico at Houston's NRG Stadium in Texas.

And it will be the rekindling of some form of rivalry, the two sides having lock horns in each of the last three Fifa World Cup tournaments.

"It is a rivalry that is building up," Mensah told KweseESPN

"The games have been intense and there is a proper knockout feeling to the ones I have played in, as if you were playing in the semi-finals of a cup competition.

"All the games have ended 2-1 and we have won most of them so in many ways, this would be revenge or continuation.

"It is a friendly game but it would be tough to call."

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Ghana emerged victorious in the first two meetings in 2006 and 2010, but the last fixture in 2014 went in favour of coach Bruce Arena's charges.



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