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Who's Ezekiel Ansah cheering for in the U.S.-Ghana World Cup matchup?

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 2 2015 6:06 p.m. MDT

Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (94) on the sideline against the Green Bay Packers during an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (Rick Osentoski, Associated Press) Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (94) on the sideline against the Green Bay Packers during an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (Rick Osentoski, Associated Press)

Detroit Lions defensive end and former BYU star Ezekiel Ansah will have more than a passive interest in today's World Cup matchup between the United States and Ghana.

Will the professional football player, a native of Ghana, be cheering for his current country, the United States, or his home country?

Chalk up Ansah's support for the Black Stars, Ghana's national soccer team.

"We need to win. No matter what happens, we need to win the game," he told Peter Schrager of Fox Sports. "It won't be easy with the group we are in, especially since Portugal has the best player in the world right now, but we need to win this one."

Ansah's Black Stars have eliminated the Americans in the past two World Cups. He was going to school at BYU in 2010 when Ghana knocked out the U.S. in the last World Cup, and Ansah said "people [on campus] gave me crap."

Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Ezekiel Ansah (47) hurries Hawaii Warriors quarterback Sean Schroeder (19) in Provo Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Ezekiel Ansah (47) hurries Hawaii Warriors quarterback Sean Schroeder (19) in Provo Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

"I haven't decided where I'm going to watch it yet. I've got to make sure there are a lot of Americans wherever I go, though," Ansah told Schrager. "I plan on getting my Ghana jersey and wearing it out all day."

Another former Cougar and current Lions teammate, Kyle Van Noy, tweeted this out Monday afternoon:

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