Saudi Arabia test for Ghana

•Daniel Amartey - To captain Stars against Saudi Arabia this evening

• Daniel Amartey – To captain Stars against Saudi Arabia this evening

The senior national football team, The Black Stars, will be hoping to better their records against Saudi Arabia in an International friendly in Jeddah at 5.pm today.
The Stars were knocked out of the World Cup over the weekend with a controversial goalless drawn game in Kampala with Uganda which saw the Ghana Football Association (GFA) protest against referee Daniel Bennett and his assistants.
The Black Stars team, without captain Asamoah Gyan and his assistant Andre Ayew, flew to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia after their World Cup qualifier in Uganda.
Frank Acheampong who was part of the team that drew goalless with the Cranes of Uganda has also been granted permission to join his club side in China.
Head coach of the Black Stars, James Kwasi Appiah, is leading a team of 20 players, hoping to build a strong team and trying to produce a favourable result.
The Stars have played four times with the Saudi Arabian counterparts, with both teams winning a game each and drawing two.
In January, 1996, the Stars played its first international game with Saudi Arabia which ended in a pulsating one all draw.
However, the Stars recorded their first victory against Saudi Arabia in November 2005 after coming from a goal down to win 3-1, courtesy an equalising goal by Sulley Muntari and a brace from Asamoah Gyan.
The Stars saw their heaviest defeat at the hands of Saudi Arabia in September 2007 when they conceded five goals without a response.
In November 2010, the Black Stars and their Saudi Arabian counterparts met again in an international friendly, but both teams failed to score.
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) will pocket $200,000.00 for accepting to play in the friendly with Saudi Arabia.
BY WILLIAM FIIFI SEY

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