Ghana’s Black Stars will play Brazil, at a yet-to-be-named venue in Europe on September 23, 2022 ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The match against the five-time world champions was announced by the GFA as one of two FIFA match-day features between September 19 and 27, 2022.
The time period become available after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) postponed the next round of qualifiers for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cote d’Ivoire. Ghana was due to face Angola in a double-header in Group E of the AFCON qualifiers.
The last-minute move by the CAF was to allow the continent’s five World Cup representatives to prepare adequately for the tournament.
Brazil, who are ranked as the best team in the world by FIFA, will represent a perfect test for the black stars, who are ranked 60th on Fifa’s list.
As Ghana is the lowest-ranked side in the competition, the upcoming international friendly against Brazil will help the Black Stars prepare well against South American side Uruguay and Portugal at the at the Qatar 2022 World Cup
It will also provide Coach Addo with a platform to continue the assessment of his players, especially his “new recruits” in the build-up to the World Cup. The likes of Inaki Williams (Atletic Bilbao), Tariq Lamptey (Brighton and Hove Albion), Stephan Ambrosius (Karlsruhe SC on-loan from Hamburger SV), Ransford-Yeboah Königsdörffer (Hamburger SV) and Patric Pfeiffer (SV Darmstadt 98) who completed nationality switches in July, as well as Mohammed Salisu (Southampton), are expected to earn their first international caps for the Black Stars.
The Black Stars are scheduled to play Portugal on November 24, South Korea (November 28), and Uruguay (December 2) in Group H, while Brazil are in Group G alongside Serbia, Switzerland, and Cameroon.
Interestingly, Ghana has another pre-World Cup friendly already lined up against Brazil’s Group H opponent Switzerland on Thursday, November 17, 2022, at the Baniyas Club Stadium in Abu Dhabi, a week before their first group game at Qatar 2022.
Brazil and Ghana have clashed four times, with the Little Canary (as the Brazil team is nicknamed) winning all. Their first ever meeting was a friendly in 1996, with Brazil parading stars such as Rivaldo, Dida, Aldair, and Juninho to thump a 10-man Ghana side 8-2 after Emmanuel Osei Kuffour was sent off.
Featuring for the Black Stars on that occasion included Black Stars goalkeepers’ trainer, Richard Kingson, Tony Yeboah, who scored one of Ghana’s goals, Samuel Osei Kuffour, Emmanuel Duah, Daniel Addo, and Nii Lamptey.
Their second meeting was during Ghana’s first appearance at the Germany 2006 World Cup Round of 16 stage which Brazil won 3-0.
However, the margin was much closer in similar friendlies on March 27, 2007, and September 5, 2011, both of which ended 1-0 in favor of the South Americans.