N.D. general makes World Cup bet

The adjutant general of North Dakota’s National Guard has a friendly bet over tomorrow’s World Cup game with Ghana.

Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk made the bet with Lt. Gen. Peter A. Blay, chief of defence staff for the Ghana Armed Forces, according to a news release. If the U.S. is victorious, Blay will present Sprynczynatyk with a Ghanaian flag; if Ghana wins, Sprynczynatyk will make the presentation with a U.S. flag.

The teams face each other at 1:30 p.m. Central time tomorrow.

Since 2004, North Dakota’s Guard has been paired with Ghana through the Department of Defense-sponsored State Partnership Program, which aligns states with partner countries to encourage the development of economic, political and military ties.

“It’s been a pleasure working with the Ghana Armed Forces throughout the past six years as we learn from each other and, in turn, improve the way we operate,” Sprynczynatyk said in a statement. “I consider Lt. Gen. Blay a good friend and respect him as a strong leader. We couldn’t resist having a little fun as our home countries face off in the World Cup this weekend.”