Citi Sports understands that 2022 FIFA World Champions, Argentina, won’t play against Ghana in an international friendly game in March this year as recently reported.
The friendly game was one of two games planned by the world champions to take place in China during the first international “FIFA Window” of the year. (Click highlighted text to read full story)
Reports indicate that Argentina has dumped the four time African champions for Cote D’Ivoire on March 26 and Ghana’s bitter rival Nigeria on March 18 as friendly opponents in China instead.
Key players in Argentina’s triumphant 2022 World Cup team including Lionel Messi, Emiliano Martinez and Angel Di Maria are expected to feature in the friendly games.
Both Nigeria and Cote D’Ivoire have qualified to compete in the quarterfinal stage at the 2023 AFCON against Angola and the winner of the Mali v Burkina Faso tie respectively.
On the other hand, Ghana suffered a disappointing first round exit at the 2023 AFCON after failing to win any of three games in Group B.
The Black Stars have been eliminated in the first round of the AFCON in two straight editions.