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May 14, 2014

SUPPORT THE BLACK STARS


The Ghana Embassy in collaboration with the International Youth And Sports Organization (IYSO), the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ghana Football Association is inviting members of the Ghanaian Community in North America to come out to support the National Team, the Black Stars’ in their preparation towards the forthcoming FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil next month.

The Black Stars are making their third appearance at the FIFA World Cup tournament after making their initial appearance in Germany in 2006, South Africa in 2010 and this year in Brazil.

Ghana was the best-performing African team at the 2010 tournament, reaching the quarterfinals and just missing out on the semifinals after a penalty shootout loss to Uruguay in South Africa.

Ghana will play the United States, Germany and Portugal in Group G in Brazil, and opens its campaign against the U.S. in Natal on June 16. Ghana beat the U.S. in the second round of the last World Cup.

Coach Kwesi Appiah didn't reveal what his target was for the team that nearly became the first African nation into the last four of a World Cup four years ago.

"Once the players are all fit we hope to deliver," Appiah said. "Every coach has a target and l believe in my players and the national team, but l cannot tell where we will get to. The only thing l can say is we will not disgrace Ghanaians."

Essien missed the 2010 World Cup through injury and is likely facing his last chance to play at the showpiece in Brazil. Boateng stepped down from national team duties in 2011 but was recalled to Ghana's squad toward the end of the World Cup qualifying campaign late last year. Ghana will play in its third straight World Cup in Brazil.

Appiah also picked Marseille's Andre Ayew, Juventus' Kwadwo Asamoah and young attacking midfielder Wakaso Mubarak. Defender Jeffrey Schlupp, who plays for England's Leicester City, was the biggest surprise in the initial squad.

The GFA announced Monday that Ghana would play the Netherlands in Rotterdam on May 31 and South Korea in Miami on June 9 in its final World Cup warm-ups before facing Jurgen Klinsmann's U.S. team in Brazil.

Provisional squad

Goalkeepers: Adam Kwarasey, Fatawu Dauda, Stephen Adams.

Defenders: Samuel Inkoom, Daniel Opare, Harrison Afful, Jeffrey Schlupp, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Jerry Akaminko, Rashid Sumaila.

Midfielders: Michael Essien, Rabiu Mohammed, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Kwadwo Asamoah, Sulley Muntari, Albert Adomah, Wakaso Mubarak, Christian Atsu, David Accam, Andre Ayew, Afriyie Acquah.

Forwards: Asamoah Gyan, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Abdul Majeed Waris, Jordan Ayew.

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