USA clash more than a friendly - Kwesi Appiah

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The Black Stars coach says there will be a lot more than pride to play for in Saturday's showdown between both teams

Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah is not lost on the possible threat of the USA ahead of Saturday's international friendly but insists his side are up to the challenge.

The two teams are set to renew their brewing rivalry at the Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Connecticut, having had three earlier meetings, all coincidentally at the Fifa World Cup.

The Black Stars edged the Stars and Stripes 2-1 at both the 2006 and 2010 tournaments before the Americans had one over the Africans, by the same score, at Brazil 2014.

"There is clearly a rivalry developing between us [Ghana] and them [USA] because of the games that have been played at World Cup level," Appiah told KweseESPN.

"They have always been tough games with so much at stake, which has naturally always increased the intensity."

Interestingly, Appiah, who was reappointed Ghana coach in May, was the man in charge when the Black Stars last played the USA.

"It will be easy to say this is just a friendly game but there is recent history between us, so it won't simply be just a friendly game," said, the 56-year-old.

"There is also a big Ghanaian community there, so it adds an extra edge to the game, but as a coach, I am clear in my mind about what I want from the game.

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"It is an opportunity to continue to build a strong team, the chance to see a few new players and build momentum."

Ghana come into the game on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Mexico on Wednesday.

 

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