The World Cup Countdown: Black Stars on fire

[BRAZIL 2014] Ghana, which opens against the USA June 16 in Natal, is settled in the Netherlands after beating a local team of all-stars, 6-1, Friday night in the Black Stars' send-off game in Accra. Tiny forward Christian Atsu led the Black Stars with a hat trick.

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Atsu, who plays in the Netherlands for Vitesse, scored twice in the first 10 minutes as the Black Stars opened up a 5-0 lead at the half. Jordan Ayew, Albert Adomah and Sulley Muntari also scored.

Only Muntari did not travel with the team to its Dutch camp in Arnhem. He was scheduled to arrive on Monday after attending to family matters. Kevin-Prince Boateng, who skipped the Accra camp, is now with the team.

Ghana first half: Stephen Adams, Samuel Inkoom, Jeffrey Schlupp, Jerry Akaminko, Jonathan Mensah, Afriyie Acquah, Adomah, Agyemang Badu, Ayew, Atsu, David Accam.

Ghana second half: Fatau Dauda, Rashid Sumaila, Daniel Opare, Harrison Afful, John Boye, Rabiu Mohammed, Mubarak Wakasu, Muntari, Kwadwo Asamoah, Asamoah Gyan, Andre Ayew.

Pre-World Cup, Monday Schedule:
May 26 in Kufstein
Cameroon vs. Macedonia
May 26 in Hartberg
Iran vs. Montenegro
May 26 in St. Petersburg
Russia vs. Slovakia
May 26 in Sydney
Australia vs. South Africa
May 26 in Genk
Belgium vs. Luxembourg

Schedule: Complete Pre-World Cup Friendlies

World Cup 2014 Squads:
Group A: Brazil (23) | Cameroon (28) | Croatia (30) | *Mexico (23)
Group B: Australia (30) | Chile (30) | Netherlands (30) | Spain (30)
Group C:
Colombia (30) | *Greece (23) | Ivory Coast (28) | Japan (23)
Group D
: Costa Rica (26) | England (23) | Italy (30) | Uruguay (25)
Group E:
Ecuador (24) | *France (23) | Honduras (23) | Switzerland (23)
Group F: *Argentina (26) | Bosnia-Herzegovina (24) | Iran (28) | Nigeria (30)
Group G: Germany (30) | Ghana (26) | *Portugal (23) | *USA (23)
Group H: Algeria (30) | Belgium (24) | Russia (23) | South Korea (23)
*Updated roster.
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