Ghana Rationing Electricity To Watch 2014 World Cup Opener vs. USA

South Africa Soccer WCup US GhanaMillions of fans across the United States will tune in Monday night to watch the American national team take on Ghana in its opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Fans in Ghana will be tuning in, as well, but not before their country took some rather drastic measures to make that possible.

Quartz.com reports that Ghana has been suffering from a power shortage caused by low water levels at the nation’s hydroelectric dams.

Realizing that this shortage may put World Cup viewership in jeopardy, the tiny African nation took action by enlisting the help of another World Cup competitor.

“To ensure that World Cup viewing won’t be interrupted, Ghana is purchasing 50 megawatts of electricity from its neighbor, Ivory Coast,” Quartz.com reports. “Power plants will also be running at maximum capacity, and Volta Aluminum, the nation’s largest smelter and a large drain on electricity, will slow production during the match.”

Ghana’s impressive efforts call to mind ESPN’s brilliant “Time Zones” commercial, which shows fans from around the globe doing whatever it takes to make sure they catch their favorite team in action.

Monday’s U.S.-Ghana matchup, scheduled for 6 p.m. ET, should be an intense one, as Ghana knocked out the United States in the Round of 16 at the 2010 World Cup. Regardless of the outcome, though, one thing is for certain: Black Stars fans will be watching.

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