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Ghana and Canada are set play their second ever encounter at senior level when they lock horns in an international friendly on Tuesday.

The match, slated for the RFK Stadium in Washington DC, USA, would provide the Black Stars the opportunity to equal the records, having suffered a 2-1 defeat in a similar exhibition in 1985.

Both teams will use the match as warm up ahead of their 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers in November.

Ghana have suffered a blow, with a series of player withdrawals, as many as nine regulars.

Captain Asamoah Gyan has been ruled out due to injury concern, same as Andre Ayew, Christian Atsu and Rabiu Mohammed, while Chelsea left-back Baba Rahman, Richmond Boakye-Yiadom, Daniel Amartey and Jonathan Mensah would also miss out due to visa issues.

Portland Timbers goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey has asked to be excused while fit-again Juventus man Kwadwo Asamoah has been given time off to fully recover his form.

However, coach Avram Grant would count on the likes of in-form Leicester City defender Jeffery Schlupp, Harrison Afful, Afriyie Acquah, Agyemang Badu and Majeed Waris, while debutants Lloyd Sam, Kwadwo Poku, Gideon Baah and Eintracht Braunschweig defender Phil Ofosu-Ayeh could be in for their first crack of national action.

Canada coach Benito Floro, on the other hand, has an almost full house, including debutants Fraser Aird of Glasgow Rangers, Marco Bustos, WandrilleLefèvre and Queens Park Rangers’ David Junior Hoilett.

San Antonio Scorpions’ Nana Atakora Gyan, born to Ghanaian parents, is also in line to face the country of his heritage.

“Ghana has high quality in their team and we know there are new players coming through with some who are based here in America,” Canada assistant coach Michael Findley said at the pre-match presser.

“They have some key players injured but we can’t take their team for granted. We have done our research on the team and we are aware of the competition Ghana will give.”

The match is set to kick of 7:00 pm local time (11:00 GMT Ghana time).

CANADA   LINEUP GHANA
K. Stamatopoulos R. Brimah
A. Hainault J. Boye
W. Lefevre H. Afful
A. Straith E. Agyemang-Badu
K. Ouimette W. Mubarak
K. Gonzalez-Froese B. Mensah
M. de Jong A. Adomah
C. Trafford E. Gyimah
D. Hoilett D. Accam
 Ricketts  J. Schlupp
M. Haber  J. Ayew

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An experimental Canada held Ghana to a 1-1 draw in an international friendly in Washington on Tuesday.

Benito Floro’s men had six international debutants in the stalemate at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington DC.

Junior Hoilett, Wandrille Lefevre, Fraser Aird, Kianz Froese, Charlie Trafford and Marco Bustos all represented the senior team for the first time.

Marcel de Jong had given Canada the lead just before the half-hour mark, only for his goal to be cancelled out by Albert Adomah.

The draw extended Canada’s unbeaten run to four games ahead of World Cup qualifying in November, while Ghana are undefeated in five ahead of their upcoming African Nations Championship qualifiers against Ivory Coast.

Both teams searched unsuccessfully for a second-half winner, struggling to create clear opportunities.

Canada threatened early on and only a double save from Brimah Razak denied Floro’s men the lead.

Hoilett’s driving run into the area led to the initial stop before Tosaint Ricketts was denied on the rebound.

But Canada took the lead through De Jong, whose long-range strike beat Razak to put his side 1-0 up.

Ghana had rarely troubled Canada, but they found an equaliser just before half-time through Adomah.

Canada chased a winner after the break, but both teams struggled to create clear-cut opportunities.

Lucas Cavallini had an effort deflected wide, while Ghana also pushed forward unsuccessfully in search of a winner.