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2014 World Cup: Can Ghana spring a surprise at the World Cup?

Ghana Team

Ghana Team

As the 2014 World Cup draws ever closer, football fans and pundits across the world will be keeping an eye on the selected squads who will play on the most prestigious stage in football.

Brazil 2014 is poised to be one of the best tournaments in modern history, with the best nations and players in the world set to take centre stage amidst a wonderful carnival atmosphere reverberating within each stadium and host city.

The South American countries, namely Brazil and Argentina, are widely predicted to be strong favourites alongside Germany and Spain, but the World Cup, as with every other major tournament, has a habit of throwing up surprises.

Ghana are among a selection of teams who are seen as World Cup dark horses as they have the quality and shock factor required to be a real danger for whoever they come up against.

Although the Africans have been drawn in an incredibly tough group, there are many reasons why Ghana canbe World Cup surprise packages.

Key players:

Kweshi Appiah has the luxury of calling from the best generation of Ghanaian players who have made a real impact at domestic and international level in the 21st Century.

Brazil 2014 will be Ghana’s third consecutive appearance at the World Cup, with their wonderful performances in South Africa 2010 providing a platform to potentially build upon.

The painful manner in which they lost to Uruguay in the quarter-finals still rankles, but also provides a huge motivation for many of the key players who played that day to rewrite the many wrongs they feel denied them a place in history.

Asamoah Gyan, who missed the crucial injury-time penalty following Luis Suarez’s highly controversial handball on the line, will be a man on a mission as Ghana’s record goalscorer to lead the line and add to his 38 international goals.

The return of Michael Essien is a massive boost for Ghana, with the highly influential midfielder missing the 2010 World Cup due to an injury which derailed his career.

Essien looked back to his best during the qualifying play-off demolition of Egypt which bodes well – if he remains fit and injury-free.

The AC Milan star will be joined in midfield by Kwadwo Asamoah, Andre Ayew and Kevin-Prince Boateng, with all four providing dynamism, power and pace that could cause problems for any World Cup team to handle.

Ghana can also call upon two bright talents in the form of Jordan Ayew and Abdul Majeed Waris; both players have been in superb goal-scoring form for Sochaux and Valenciennes respectively in France, and offer lively options from the bench if Ghana find themselves in need of goals or fresh impetus in attack.

Group G

Ghana have already displayed their qualities at World Cup tournaments by defying all odds and progressing far in 2006 and 2010, with the latter ending in highly controversial and undeserved circumstances which was a sour end to their fairytale. Defeat to Uruguay also ended their chances of becoming the first African nation to qualify for the semi-finals.

Kwesi Appiah’s squad is packed with strength, pace and ability which can go far once again at a World Cup tournament, but being drawn in Group G alongside Germany, Portugal and the USA presents a big ask for Ghana to repeat their previous feats.

It is arguably the best and closest group to call, as any two can qualify for the second round but will have to be on top of their game to do so.

Facing a formidable Germany side and a Portugal team containing 2013 Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo may be a bridge too far for Ghana, but they will no doubt approach both games with no fear and will fancy their chances of causing a real upset.

The opening fixture against the USA will be crucial, with the Americans seeking revenge for defeats at the hands of Ghana at the 2006 and 2010 World Cup. More importantly, winning the first game will provide huge motivation and a psychological boost to Ghana which could signal the start of another against-the-odds World Cup fairytale.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. kuukuphilly says:

    Just wait and see..all the players need to be on top of their game. Is possible

  2. Foster Gh says:

    Black Star, we are going to shine @t de world cup n make mother Africa proud…

  3. 21guns says:

    I have said and I will say it again Ghana will trash usa 4-1, the pharaohs with their amazing team was taught a football lesson.

  4. Viper says:

    An ambitious coach can certainly achieve greater things with a squad like this.So the question now is,how daring and ambitious is the coach? Personally I feel the squad is good to win but to win tournaments,it doesn’t take talents alone,you have to have a coach with a tactical acumen to lead.So its all up to the coach playing his cards right,selection,substitution,man management and motivating the players.The group certainly is enough test,should we scale pass the group stages will be a great confident booster.Should we escape this group, the players will feel confident to take on any team,hope the coach play his cards right,we are more than capable of escaping this group.Good luck to all and bring it on.

  5. Papadinho says:

    Ahahahahahahaha the Americans are Damn scared after AA released the squad . Now they’re saying their hope is on the Portugal game cause Portugal is the only beatable team they see now. Lol. Guys, kindly join me over there to comment : http://www.soccerbyives.net/
    Bless

  6. kuukuphilly says:

    Papadihno u not lying bro,they’re really shaking.

  7. OHENENANA says:

    My prediction is that we will be second in the group GHA 4-2 USA GHA 1-1 GER GHA 3-2 POR

  8. OHENENANA says:

    I predict that we will be second in the group GHA 4-2 USA GHA 1-1 GER GHA 3-2 POR

  9. anokwale says:

    The key is to not get too cocky and focus on beating the USA. That is step one. Without that, all the hype is just hype.

  10. 21guns says:

    @papadinho,usa have lost hope lol,at the beginning of they were praying they want Ghana but now they wish they did not said that lol

  11. Fiscko says:

    Black Stars will be last in group G, because we are going to play friendly match in U.S which is very wrong. I dont know why nobody is protesting it. U.S will play their friendly matches in their own country. I have been saying it over and over but it seems like no one is paying attention. Is not a curse, but if Black Stars play South Korea in U.S, we will fall last in our group, and GFA, Akwesi Appiah and Asamoah Gyan will have to answer that. Why friendly in enemies territory? I believe is for bribery issues, which i know we are good at it. Ghanaians open your eyes this time and say something before is too late, and dont say i didnt warn you. Is very stupid of us to play friendly in U.S.

  12. banger says:

    FISCKO U ARE 100% RIGHT.WE COULD HAV WENT TO OTHER COUNTRIES
    RATHER THAN ENEMIES TERRITORY. WHY USA.PLAYIN FRIENDLY THERE EXPECIALLY.