World Cup Profiles – Group G: Ghana

10 Jun

ghanaAs an American, I’m of course side eyeing Ghana. We’ve not had much luck with them in the past. Third times the charm, perhaps? – Lozil

In this, their third World Cup, Ghana find themselves in Group G. Their first match of the tournament will be against the United States, who they knocked out of the 2010 tournament. That win gave them a spot in the Quarter-Finals against Uruguay. They ended up losing the match on penalties (4-2) after Luis Suarez’s goal-line handball stopped what would have been their winning goal. The resulting penalty was missed, and Ghana’s 2010 World Cup was over.

They’ve played against the USA in both of their World Cups (2006 and 2010) and won both times. The first match is a must win if they hope to have a shot at advancing past the group stage in 2014.

This year also sees Ghana go up against Germany. This means Kevin-Prince Boateng will face his brother, Jerome Boateng, if both of them see the playing time.

The manager, James Kwesi Appiah, and the entire squad will not be afraid of their opposition. They beat Bob Bradley’s Egypt 6-1 in a dominating display of a playoff match. Then they made it to the African Nations Championship final where they lost to Libya on penalties while playing mostly their youth squad.

Their strength will be their midfield. They have a good mix of pace and experience to help push them forward. However, they gave up six goals in eight games during qualifying. They’ve got a decent counter attack, but it will not be smooth sailing for them.

Watch for: Former Sunderland forward Asamoah Gyan. He scored a goal per game in the six matches during qualifying and had an excellent year with his new club, Al Ain.

Ghana squad

Head Coach: James Kwesi Appiah (Ghana)

Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates), Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset), Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars)

Defenders: Samuel Inkoom (Platanias), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege), Harrison Afful (Esperance), John Boye (Rennes), Jonathan Mensah (Evian), Rashid Sumalia (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Midfielders: Michael Essien (AC Milan), Sulley Muntari (AC Milan), Rabiu Mohammed (Kuban Krasnodar), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese), Afriyie Acquah (Parma), Christian Atsu (Vitesse), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough), Andre Ayew (Marseille), Mubarak Wakaso (Rubin Kazan)

Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain), Kevin-Prince Boateng (Schalke 04), Abdul Majeed Waris (Valenciennes), Jordan Ayew (Sochaux)

For additional information on Ghana, including World Cup 2014 match schedule & history check out these links.

– mygypsyspirit

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