Ghana vs. Côte d'Ivoire  2 - 1

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International friendly: Ghana 2 Ivory Coast 1

13 June 2013 03:05

Ivory Coast have suffered a setback in their preparations for Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Tanzania with a 2-1 defeat to Ghana in Accra.

The visitors, who are favourites to book their place at Brazil 2014 on Sunday, looked as if they would prove their status as Africa's highest ranked team with ease when they took the lead after seven minutes through a Romeo Zahoud goal.

Ghana refused to let their home fans down,however, with Ghanaian Premier League player Yakubu Mohamed equalising for the Black Stars in the 14th minute and then delighting the crowd after half-time with the eventual winner.

It was an important run out for Ghana as they travel to Maseru to face Lesotho in their World Cup qualifier on Sunday, still trailing leaders Zambia by one point in group D.


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International Friendly Preview: Ghana v Ivory Coast

11 June 2013 19:24

Ghana and Ivory Coast meet in the first of two friendlies on Wednesday ahead of upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Both teams won comfortably in qualifying games last week, but Ghana's victory was not enough to take them to the top of their group and they remain under pressure to secure their passage to the next round.

A double from Asamoah Gyan gave James Kwesi Appiah's men a 3-1 in Sudan, despite the first-half dismissal of defender Richard Kissi Boateng.

However, they stay in second place by virtue of Zambia's comfortable win over Lesotho.

Lesotho are Ghana's next opponents in qualifying on June 16, and they will hope to build confidence by doing the double over Ivory Coast over the next few days.

Still, the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finalists know they face a difficult task against a team that sits top of their qualifying group.

Sabri Lamouchi's outfit are four points clear in Group C and can secure their place in the next round with victory over second-placed Tanzania in their next competitive outing.

Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure were both on target as they eased to a 3-0 win in Gambia last Saturday.

Lamouchi will be looking for more of the same on Wednesday in Accra, with Toure, Bony, and Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote all set to be involved.

Lille forward Salomon Kalou could also feature. The former Chelsea man is the Ivory Coast's top scorer in qualifying, finding the net three times.

Gyan will likely be the key man for the hosts, with Milan's Sulley Muntari and Espanyol's Wakaso Mubarak both set to play some part as two of Africa's best sides lock horns.