The Black Stars arrived in Houston, Texas last Saturday to begin preparations for their US tour which involves two important games for new coach Kwasi Appiah this week against Mexico and the United States.

Historically, it is the the first time Ghana and the US are meeting in a men’s friendly soccer game, although both sides have played each other in the World Cup, in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Their last encounter was in Brazil 2014 when the US gained revenge for their losses to Ghana in both 2006 and 2010, winning 2-1, a result that has regularly featured in the two sides three meetings so far.

Thus, Bruce Arena, the US coach who was in charge when Ghana defeated them in 2006, would love a revenge as he prepares his US team for the Gold Cup next week.

Similarly, Ghana has a new coach in Kwasi Appiah, who was also in charge when the US beat Ghana at Brazil 2014, and so would also be eyeing a revenge as he seeks to have a better stint in his second spell as Ghana coach.

Although the Black Stars will be missing some first-team regulars like Andre Ayew, Jordan Ayew, Christian Atsu and a few others, Appiah has some fine players with him in the US to get some good results against Mexico on Wednesday and then the US on Saturday.

Source: Abdul Basit Yussif