Current Fifa Ranking : 24th with 849 points
World Cup Appearances : 2006 and 2010
Best Achievement : Round of 16 in 2006
Head Coach : Akwasi Appiah
Captain : Asamoah Gyan
By now, the majority of football fans will remember the cruel elimination which Ghana endured in the last tournament, with the help of a particular handball. They are now one of the strongest African sides; they won five out of six matches and scored the highest number of goals from African nations. Head coach Akwasi Appiah, a former Ghana captain, is the first national to lead the Black Stars to a World Cup, and will be hoping for the same resilience and mentality shown throughout the qualifiers.
They are drawn into a very tough group which consists of Germany, Portugal and the United States of America. Whilst Die Mannschaft is one of the tournament favourites, Portugal will be very hard to defeat, especially if Cristiano Ronaldo is having one of his regular good days. USA has also grown as a footballing nation throughout the years and will also be a tough side to beat.
Asamoah Gyan, current captain, continues to lead the line from the front for Ghana, with some help from Marseille’s brothers jordan and Andre Ayew. Their midfield consists of some top talent with the likes of Schalke’s Kevin Prince Boateng, AC Milan’s Sulley Muntari, Juventus’ Kwadwo Asamoah and Chelsea’s Michael Essien. One weakness is a lack of elite players enveloping the defence, with Standard Liege’s Opare and Swansea’s Obeng amongst the options.
It will certainly not be the same smooth sailing experienced during the qualifiers for the Black Stars, therefore viewers should be awaiting several interesting clashes in this group. Chances are Germany will top the group, yet much can happen with such company.
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