Ghana to play Egypt in January as part of preparations for 2013 Afcon

The four-time African champions have lined up another preparatory match to fine-tune for the 2013 Africa cup of nations in South Africa

The Ghana FA has confirmed the Black Stars will play against Egypt in an international friendly match in preparations for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

The match against the Pharaohs will take place at Abu Dhabi on January 10, 2013.

Egypt, the most successful country in the history of the Nations Cup with seven titles failed to qualify for the upcoming championship in South Africa but are expected to give Ghana a good test.

Egypt beat Ghana 1-0 in the final of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in what happens to be the last meeting between the two sides.

The Black Stars will take on Tunisia three days later at the same venue after an agreement was reached to play the Carthage Eagles.

"We have concluded an agreement to play  another high-profile friendly as part of our preparations for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations," GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi said in a press statement.

"We will play Egypt in Abu Dhabi on 10 January to give the Black Stars the tough test they need ahead of the Nations Cup.

"Egypt are one of Africa's giants in football and playing them will help the players and technical team prepare for the tournament.

"This is the second match we have confirmed ahead of the Nations Cup after we agreed to play Tunisia.

"We want to leave no stone unturned in our preparation the matches against Tunisia and Egypt will help the Black Stars a lot."

The Black Stars who are drawn in Group B with Mali, Niger and DR Congo will camp in Abu Dhabi ahead of the  29th edition of the continental showpiece.