Ghana v Cote d'Ivoire

Ghana will take on Cote d'Ivoire in the first of two international friendlies this week as they continue preparations ahead of their upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifier.

The Black Stars most recently dispatched Group D rivals Sudan 3-1 to leave themselves one point off the pace of leaders Zambia heading into the final two rounds of qualifying matches.

Kwesi Appiah's men will now look to further sharpen their talons against the Elephants in a friendly on Tuesday, before again squaring up on Friday, with their penultimate World Cup qualifier, against Lesotho, coming on Sunday.

In team news, the Ghanaians will once again look to captain Asamoah Gyan, who netted a brace against Sudan, while Kwadwo Asamoah could return to the side after missing that game through injury.

Appiah said: "Kwadwo Asamoah was about 80-90 percent fit but I needed players who were 100 percent fit for this particular game [against Sudan].

"I believe that he will be fit for the Lesotho game. When you are playing on such pitches, the astro turf, it's important that you get players who are very comfortable with the ball, to keep moving the ball around and Kwadwo is one player that we are looking up to."

Richard Kissi-Boateng is not expected to play any role, though, as the red card he received against the Falcons of Jediane rules him out of this weekend's qualifier, although either Baba Rahman or Harrison Afful are available to fill in.

Ivory Coast, meanwhile, are busy preparing for their second-last qualifier, against Tanzania on Sunday, with the Elephants currently top of Group C, four points ahead of their upcoming opponents in second.