UK High Commissioner backs Ghana to beat England

Aug 28, 2020 rwnzwewf

first_imgThe UK High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr Matthew Johnson is upbeat about Ghana’s chances of beating England in Tuesday’s historic clash at the Wembley Stadium in London.He told Joy FM’s Super Morning Show host Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah that he was “very excited” by the international friendly encounter, which he said has been “long awaited”. He was emphatic the game “won’t be a draw”.“Genuinely, I think Ghana is going to come up on top,” Mr Johnson stressed, denying any traces of making diplomatic pronouncements.He said the people of England consider the Black Stars’ match against the Three Lions as very important, saying the venue for the game speaks volumes of its relevance.Matthew Johnson hoped it would have a “tremendous impact” there because football is the “number one sport” in the UK.However, the High Commissioner was not happy about the release of five key players from the England squad that would play Ghana today, which he said may affect the quality of the game which is highly anticipated. Even though the England manager has defended his decision, former Ghana captain Stephen Appiah says that was disrespectful, the BBC reported.England coach Fabio Capello has suggested he will change his entire starting XI for Tuesday’s home match, after releasing Captain John Terry and fellow defenders Ashley Cole and Michael Dawson, midfielder Frank Lampard as well as striker Wayne Rooney to their respective clubs.Matthew Johnson hoped the Black Stars would take advantage of the absence of these players to wallop his home country.“I am surprised [at] the release from the England side; so many of the England players. I would rather say they are going to play into Ghana’s hand.”Meanwhile Joy FM’s Sports Editor, speaking from London, said the mood in England is “cool” with little talk about the match. “May be it is a way of saying, ok, let’s take it easy against Ghana,” he remarked.He said generally people, including the Ghanaian players, are not happy about the release lessening the competitiveness of the match.The kick-off is 1900 GMT.Story by Isaac Essel/Myjoyonline.com/Ghanalast_img

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