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2017 MLS Five Ghanaian players could be involved in this opening day clash

Columbus Crewe and Chicago Fire, both featuring Ghanaians, will clash on Saturday

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It will be a Ghanaian affair on the opening day of the 2017 Major League Soccer season as Columbus Crewe host Chicago Fire at the MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

Defenders Jonathan Mensah, Harrison Afful, Lalas Abubakar and midfielder Mohammed Abu all play for Crew, while Chicago Fire features winger David Accam.

READ MORE: Major League Soccer Accam, Afful welcome Jonathan Mensah to the MLS

Mensah (who joined Crewe in January) and Afful, are widely tipped to start the game for the home side while Accam - one of Fire's best players last season with nine league goals in 21 games - is expected to start for the away side.

play Columbus Crewe's contingent of four Ghanaian players (L-R: Jonathan Mensah, Mohammed Abu, Lalas Abubakar, Harrison Afful) (Columbus Crewe)


The 26-year-old Mensah, who along with 30-year-old Afful was part of Ghana's squad at the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, has been speaking about the prospect of defending against Accam, who was dropped from the Black Stars squad ahead of the tournament.

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"Accam plays with me in the national team and he is a good player. Ghanaians will follow this game closely because we are like brothers and we will face each other. I have received a lot of messages from different people and we cannot wait for the game," Mensah said.


READ MORE: Official Columbus Crew SC sign Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah

The match kicks off at 7pm Ghana time.

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