Pre-World Cup Friendlies: Netherlands Beat Ghana

The Black Stars lost by a goal to nil in the team's first pre-world cup friendlies against the Netherlands, Saturday. The Oranje held on to a 5th minute strike by skipper Robin Van Persy after a slip by defender Jefferey Schlupp. The Netherlands failed to increase the tally after Arjen Robben missed two glorious chances- one went over the bar and the other saved superbly by goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey. Second half subtitutions by Coach Akwasi Appiah saw the Black Stars improve on their performance by creating several opportunites but could not produce the results. The Coach is expected to name his final 23-man squad after the Netherlands game. Black Stars starting XI Adam Kwarasey, Samuel Inkoom, Jeffrey Schlupp, Rashid Sumaila, Jerry Akaminko, Rabiu Mohammed, Albert Adomah, Michael Essien, Jordan Ayew, Christian Atsu, Kwadwo Asamoah.