Serious Matters: Boateng and Jones shelve friendship for a night

Godfred Akoto Boafo
Natal-  Ghana’s Kevin Prince Boateng and Jermaine Jones of the USA are great friends who have to face each other today in a World Cup match.

The two are Schalke team mates and bonded after Boateng’s arrival because they have a lot in commmon.

They both play for the countries of their father’s and both have a reputation for being slighty stand offish but for the game at the Estadio Das Dunas,Jones has this to say.

‘I have a lot of respect for this boy and what he does in the teams where he plays,’ Jones told reporters ‘But for that 90 minutes, I don’t care what goes on with him or what he does. I want to win that game, and that’s the point.’

Jones is confident the USA have it within them to beat the Black Stars at the third time of asking.

‘You don’t have to make so much focus on Ghana. We have to make the focus on ourselves,’ he said. ‘If everybody works for the team and does what they have to do, then I’m 100 percent sure that we will win that game.’

And has Jones communicated that message to Prince-Boateng, especially in light of the confident comments coming out of the Ghana camp ahead of what Klinsmann has equated to a knockout game?

‘I always made the trash talk when I was 18 or 19, so I will wait until the game comes and I will see him before the game comes so we will talk a little bit,’ Jones said. ‘Maybe we will have a little more contact after the game. Maybe when we win, then I’ll do some trash talk. I’ll wait first for the game.’

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