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2014 World Cup: Dutch legend Gullit tips Ghana to be Africa's shining star in Brazil

Dutch football legend Ruud Gullit has tipped Ghana's Black Stars to defy the odds and excel in this month's World Cup in Brazil as he hopes a team from Africa will perform well and be the surprise package.

Black Stars have been tipped as the favourites by Dutch legend Gullit

Dutch football legend Ruud Gullit has tipped Ghana’s Black Stars to defy the odds and excel in this month’s World Cup in Brazil as he hopes a team from Africa will perform well and be the surprise package.

Gullit, who coached some top clubs in Europe after a glittering playing career is confident Cameroon could join Ghana to be Africa’s best team at the competition which kicks off this week.

Four years ago in South Africa, Ghana were the only one of the continent’s six representatives to reach the knockout stage, where they beat the United States but lost to Uruguay on penalties in the quarter-final.

Gullit, who played at the 1990 World Cup, but missed the 1994 competition after walking out of the pre-tournament training camp, picked hosts Brazil as the favourites.

“Well I think Brazil of course is favourite. They’re playing at home. It’s a lot of pressure on them winning it,” the 51-year-old said.

“I hope that Holland will do well, they have a less experienced team. They have a lot of youngsters in the team, especially defensively.

“I hope that an African country will do well. A lot of African countries have players that play in the Champions League, play in good teams in Europe.

“So maybe Ghana or Cameroon.”

Ghana are in a tough group with Germany, Portugal and the United States while Cameroon play hosts Brazil, Croatia and Mexico in Group A.

Algeria, Ivory Coast and Nigeria are the other sides from the continent to have qualified for the showpiece event.

Having accompanied the Dutch national team to Beijing for the past two years, meeting Chinese football managers and coaches, Gullit believed that the country had a bright future in the game.

“I’m thinking all the time, 1.7 billion Chinese must make a team, must make 11 players who can qualify for the World Cup,” Gullit, on a promotional visit at a Hong Kong mall, said.

“I hope that one day it will happen. It would also be great if China could organise a World Cup.

“We want them to also be part of international football. So that would be all a great package.”

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. Suker says:

    Yea its true that Ghana has some quality players but the wack manager we have will surely let us down. He simply lacks alternate plans. The earlier we call in Milovan, the better.

  2. Nii Gatuso says:

    We will do well this time, all we need back home is Unity, we shldnt use this world cup to do politics, if we support them as one nation we will go far thnk u

  3. That’s my boy who taught Fabio Capello a lesson at Marrasi when he played for Sampdoria.Together with Plstt,Veron and Chiesa,they dismantled A.C.Milsn in 45mins.Talking of the mid 90′s.

  4. kuukuphilly says:

    At this point there’s nothing we can do or say about the players selected but ask the Almighty God to lead us to the promise land.may all believers say amen….

  5. Eric Asare says:

    Pls tell them to leave AA alone and pray for our beloved Ghana