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Football News | Jul 1, 2004

Desailly Dismay As Ghana Pull Out

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Desailly Dismay As Ghana Pull Out

Marcel Desailly has revealed his regret at being denied an international farewell game against Ghana after the African nation pulled out of a planned friendly against France because of their busy Olympics schedule.

The veteran defender was looking forward to playing against the country where he was born, but the Ghanaian federation sent a letter to their French counterparts explaining their unavailability.

Ghana have now been replaced by Bosnia-Herzegovina, who will face 'Les Bleus' in Desailly's final match at Rennes on August 18.

Desailly, 35, said: "This is really a shame, but that's the way it is.

"I would have liked my mum to see me play against Ghana at least once."

The friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina will be France's only match before they open their 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign with a match against Israel on September 4.

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