By Peterking Quaye – Accra-Ghana – The English Football Association are reportedly in talks over a friendly in Accra after Ghana sold out 20,000 tickets for next month’s friendly at Wembley.FA chairman David Bernstein has held discussions with lawyer Mel Goldberg, who helped organise the clash on March 29, over a return fixture within the next two years.
In Jan, 2011, The English Football Association shelved England’s proposed friendly against Thailand this summer following the 2018 FIFA World Cup voting scandal and has agreed to play Ghana at Wembley in March.
Officials claim the Black Stars could have sold double their allocation for the match against Fabio Capello‘s England side. ‘On Wednesday I met the chairman of the FA to discuss the match on March 29 and had discussions about playing in Accra,’ said Goldberg.’there is a very good chance this will happen in due course, and not too far away. ‘Ghana is playing a World Cup qualifier against Congo prior to the trip to London.
Ghana gained international recognition after reaching the last eight at the 2010 Fifa World Cup finals in South Africa while England flopped. England played Nigeria and Cameroon at the old Wembley in 1994 and 1997 respectively. Ghana would become the first black African country to play at the new Wembley and the first time a visiting country will be supported by more than 20,000 fans
Skipper John Mensah, the Sunderland defender, said: ‘It’s a game for our entire nation. ‘I believe we can win but it won’t be easy. We play the Congo before but we cannot make excuses about tiredness. The Congo game is important and we are ready to die for our country.’
More than 700 million people around the globe will have access to watch the Ghana-England encounter fixed for 29 March at Wembley. The England FA will sell TV and Radio broadcasting rights to a high number of organizations around the globe with the exception of South Africa, which is controlled by Pay-TV outfit Super Sports.
After the English failed 2018 bid campaign failed to win his vote last December in Zurich, the FA cancelled the controversial game due to broken promise. England will, however, meet Ghana for the first time in a friendly clash with the likes of Sunderland’s Asamoah Gyan and Chelsea’s Michael Essien set to tackle Rio Ferdinand and co in London on March 29.
In a related development according to the official FA website , Ghana would play for one of the five places allocated to Africa at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after FIFA made no changes in the number of qualification slots.
The Black Stars have participated in the last two competitions as they were the best side from the continent after reaching the quarter-finals at the 2010 edition hosted by South Africa.
FIFA said on Thursday there would be no change in the number of qualification slots allocated to each continent when the South American nation hosts the 32-team tournament. The decision means that Asia keeps 4.5 places, Oceania half a place, Africa five, CONCACAF 3.5 and EUROPE 13.South America remain with 4.5 while Brazil will qualify automatically as host.
According to a reliable source Ghana’s right for the historic match has been sold to the Ghanaian communication company Global Media Alliance. Organizers Mel Goldberg Law claims the match would be watched by many people than any friendly football match involving England.
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