We’re going into full battle with Brazil – Andre Ayew

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Black Stars skipper, Andre Dede Ayew, says the team is fully prepared ahead of Friday evening’s international friendly match against five-time champions, Brazil.

The Al Sadd midfielder who leads the Black Star says although the South Americans are one of the toughest sides in world football, they are leaving no stones unturned.

Black Stars face Brazil in a pre-world cup friendly Friday, September 23, 2022, at the Stade Oceane at Le Havre in France.

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Four days later, they will take on Nicaragua in Spain at the Estadio Francisco Artes Carrasco in Lorca, Tuesday, September 27, 2022, as part of the team’s preparations ahead for the 2022 World Cup.

Ghana will in November play another pre-world cup friendly against Switzerland before the start of their World Cup campaign.

Speaking at the pre-match conference Thursday, September 22, Andre Ayew said his side is ready for the Samba Boys despite labeling them as the best national team in the world.

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“Brazil currently for me is the best in the world. So, we are playing the best and we have to acknowledge that they have players playing in the top clubs, week-in [and] week-out, winning trophies.

“We are not going to compare ourselves to them. That will be making a mistake, but we are going to challenge and go into the battle, that’s 100%,” he said.

Brazil going into tonight’s game are unbeaten in their last 13 matches, having scored 30 goals in that run.

Tonight’s game becomes the fifth time Ghana and Brazil are meeting at the senior stage of football which Ghana has lost all four (1996, 2006, 2007, and 2012). Three of the four losses are International friendly games and one, a FIFA World Cup game.

Among those games, Ghana has conceded 13 goals and managed to record only two.

Meanwhile, Ghana recorded its heaviest defeat against the former champions in its first game played on March 27, 1996, with an 8-2 scoreline in an international friendly match.

Coincidentally, the Black Stars last game played against the Brazilians was in September 2011 in which Ghana lost 1-0.

Also, three of the meetings between these two teams have seen Ghana finishing the game by 10 men. Samuel Osei Kuffour, Asamoah Gyan, and Daniel Opare have all been victims of those circumstances (red carded).


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