Ghana to play Australia next month

HgGHANA is lining up an international friendly against newly-crowned Asian champions Australia next month in England, reports Africanfootball.com .

The Black Stars want to take advantage of the FIFA free date next month and play exhibition games in London.

The match has been tentatively fixed for 23 March at a yet-to-be announced venue.

“ We want to play two matches in March and we are talking to Australia,” a high-profile Ghana FA official told Africanfootball.com on the condition of anonymity.

“Nigeria have also forwarded a proposal and we are considering playing the Super Eagles also in London.”

Ghana are seeking to build on the impressive performance which saw them win silver at the just ended 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Black Stars will begin the qualifiers to the 2017 Nations Cup finals which start in June thus year.

Meanwhile, Asamoah Gyan will continue being captain of the Black Stars.

Despite rumours to the contrary since Avram Grant took over coaching shortly before the recent Africa Cup of Nations, the Israeli will stick with Gyan.

With the tournament over and the Black Stars continuing their rebuilding process, the 60-year-old is in no hurry to effect a leadership change.

“I don’t want to answer questions about the team make-up, going forward, right now. But for this I can tell you, my friend: Asamoah Gyan remains captain of the national team,” the gaffer told supersport.com after the team’s return from Equatorial Guinea.

On whether he had any doubts about Gyan’s leadership qualities, Avram laughed at the assertion.

“Why change the captaincy when you have someone very capable? He leads by example and that is what we need now.

“Gyan relates well with his team, relays information accurately and understands how to handle pressure. We do not have a problem.”

Now 29, the UAE-based player’s support of Grant will not be new, as was shown in the praises showered during the Afcon.

Having rescued Ghana from an infamous group stage defeat with a heroic last-gasp winner in Mongomo against Algeria, Gyan sealed his place in Grant’s book.

“He is an amazing player,” Avram said at the time. “If you look at his stats, if you look at his behaviour in the dressing room you will know he is a great player.

“He is one of the greatest.

“No doubt about this. First he is always scoring when you need him and second he is good for the spirit of the team, he is a very good captain.”

If ever he relinquishes the arm-band, current deputy Andre Ayew is widely expected to take up the role.

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