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2014 World Cup: Ghana - Time To Shine

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Having landed the ‘Group of Death’, Ghana’s passage to the tournament’s second round is not assured. Alongside them in Group G are USA, Germany and Portugal.

Manager Kwesi Appiah will know his players have to be at their very maximum if they are to better their best ever World Cup finish of the quarter-finals in 2010.

The African team will undoubtedly look to former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien to orchestrate things in the middle of the park.

Now at AC Milan, his experience will be vital in what is still quite a young team and their manager will look to him to guide the youngsters.

Most pundits will expect the Germans and the Portuguese to go through as the top two teams, but it would be churlish for either European team to underestimate their African opponents. Both Ghana and the group’s remaining team, USA, are gloriously unpredictable and have the ability to surprise or stifle the opposition.

Captain Asamoah Gyan – who illuminated the tournament in 2010 – will be vital to the team as their main goalscorer; but his strike partner Abdul Majeed Waris may prove even more crucial to the team.

His ability to create space and distract defenders may be the key in allowing the team’s leader to score the goals he is known for.

Although still a Spartak Moscow player, Majeed Waris scored an impressive nine goals in 15 games while on loan at Valenciennes during the second half of the season.

It will be intriguing to see if the coach sticks to the 4-4-2 formation that got his team through qualifying, particularly when facing counter-attacking teams such as Germany and Portugal.

A star could be born in the shape of Rabiu Mohammed. The midfielder showed his strength and pace in midfield throughout qualifying, which complemented the ageing physicality of Essien.

Mohammed was the Black Stars’ surprise package as they booked their ticket to Brazil. The Kuban Krasnodar player will hope to continue his good run in the first-team in place of veteran Sulley Muntari.

The 24-year-old Mohammed is in the mode of the modern defensive midfielder who has a turn of speed, although he hasn’t yet scored for his national team.

But if they do emerge from their difficult group, the Black Stars will feel they have a genuine chance of being the foremost African team in Brazil.

It is time for the Black Stars to shine again.

Nickname: Black Stars

Three players to watch: Asamoah Gyan, Abdul Majeed Waris, Mohammed Rabiu

Group G World Cup 2014 fixtures: June 16: USA, June 21: Germany, June 26: Portugal

READERS COMMENTS

  1. NONI(9JA 1ST SON) says:

    2014 World Cup: Ghana – Time To be Detonated…….
    GERMANY :: 7pts
    PORTUGAL :: 7pts
    USA :: 3pts
    GAYNA :: 0pts

    nuff said…….

  2. Sizzler says:

    This is the problem with Africans. Especially Nigerians, no wander your country men are butchering each other like animals. I just watch the Cameroon game an hour ago. One would have thought I was a Cameroonian the way I was rooting for them passionately. I love my black stars and I will still cheer on your supper chicken when they take the field. Go black stars! Long live the red gold and green! Fire go burn a fellow with a pull u down mentality.

  3. Emma says:

    @ noni
    I hope you are watching Spain 1 Netherlands 4. More to come may be.
    So tell me which Ghana you are worried about.
    You better worry about the Eagles. Anyway did you hear Ghana played the Netherlands two Weeks ago? Go find out.

  4. keith from germany says:

    Chaley guys,was this the same holland team that played blackstars team b two weeks ago in Rotterdam and looked so ordinary?
    hmmm you guys have been saying blackstars defence is bad,look at what these so called world class defenders of pique and ramos are playing?
    stop the noise here abt the blackstars defence because since the tournament startes we hav been seeing horrible defending.
    there is hope for this tournament

  5. Regis says:

    Ghana will be humbled by the USA,mark my words!

  6. johnkod says:

    That is right brother go BLACK STARS , this is up time to shine. AFRICA is behind you. Go and prove everyone wrong because u have what it takes to do so. U have talents. I’m inviting friends over for this special opening game. Some early party for our BLACK STARS.

  7. woodini says:

    Wow. it works for the Netherlands!!!! From day one, the coach plays all their friendly games with his best eleven and sticking to his tactics throughout these matches. He doesn’t care if their opponents are watching. He played the same tactics with Spain and Spain was thrashed. Consistency is the key. Kwesi Appiah should learn from this.

  8. Nii from Mamprobi says:

    Kwarasey was reason we held Netherlands 0-1, Dauda = Casillas…

  9. Nii from Mamprobi says:

    Kwarasey was reason Ghana held Netherlands 0-1, Dauda = Casillas…

  10. Abhishek Trivedi says:

    The black stars have always proved their critics wrong and shone to illuminate the World Cup. Germany and Portugal, be careful boys coz taking the black stars lightly will be the biggest mistake you can make. And bye-bye USA.

  11. Kwaku says:

    @noni its so sad to say this but Nigeria and Cameroon, the two teams that seemingly had the easiest groups among the African teams will take an early shower. I won’t be surprised to see Iran surprise Nigeria on Monday. Your team is not god enough to lead Africa, Bosnia and Argentina will qualify. The table u made for Ghana will turn out to be nigeria’s…mark it

  12. Ein says:

    Portugal and USA have tickled us and we are going to unleash our arsenals on them just like we did to Egypt in Kumasi.
    It is not going to be a close call as many are predicting.
    It is going to be a mauling against Portugal in particular who has threatened our continued stay in the tournament.The Ghanaian fighting spirit will come to bear write from the onset
    God bless Ghana

  13. yoipim says:

    Black Stars is the reason for us being the gate way to Africa n this tournament will surely prove it……. I have a feeling we ll qualify as group leaders……. To me, this is the best side we’ve had since our inception in 2006. There are soo many players to watch out for….. Dede n Jordan can score, Atsu, Wakaso, K. Asamoah, Sulley, Essien, KP Boateng, Badu n the ones mentioned in the article……. This is going to be our best World Cup ever. Just watch!!!