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2014 World Cup : Top things on Ghana's to-do list

Black Stars celebrating a goal.

Black Stars celebrating a goal.

Reaching the semi-finals: They were a whisker away from glory in 2010 when Asamoah Gyan stepped for a stoppage-time penalty against Uruguay – but he blasted it over the bar to brush aside a long-held African dream. Ghana are now more mature and more confident with the likes of now-experienced Gyan, Michael Essien, Suley Muntari and rising stars Christian Atsu, Kawadwo Asamoah and Andre Ayew.

Three strikes in a row: If they survive the group stage this year, the Black Stars will become the only African team to go through three times in a row. Ghana qualified for the round of 16 in their first ever appearance in 2006, then reached the quarters in 2010. It will be a tough mission this year as they have been paired in the group of death alongside Germany, Portugal and USA.

Revenge from Germany: Ghana lost to Germany 1-0 in South Africa 2010 in a very contested game. They will be hoping to give them a bit of payback when they meet on 21 June. Brothers Boateng – Jerome (Germany) and Kevin-Prince (Ghana) – will come face-to-face again at opposite sides of the pitch.

Goals from Gyan: Asamoah Gyan will enter World Cup history if he does what he does best: score goals. Until now the 28-year old striker has four goals to his name (one in 2006 and three in 2010) and is one short of Cameroon and Africa great Roger Milla, who is Africa’s best-ever scorer in the World Cup.

Coach Appiah’s challenge: Seven African nations have already gone through the group stage, from Morocco in 1986 until Ghana did it themselves in 2010. But none of them have achieved such an achievement with a national coach. Appiah won the All-African Games title in 2011 with Ghana U-23 and took over Ghana in 2012, leading them to the World Cup finals. He hopes to achieve more glory in Brazil.

Source: Ahram Online

READERS COMMENTS

  1. shine says:

    Well,the only hope is that Ghana shouldnt play loose balls and lazy games like they did in the past. Black stars players should try as much as good to be determine to win all their games in Brazil. They should be read to die for Ghana and not for money issues. Black stars players should be physically fit and good mentality. Our coaches and the technicall team should try to read all the games to give a better advises to our players any given time. They should play a strong ball and win 50 50 balls in and out. Our wingers has to be fast runing and give quality crosses. Mubarak Wakaso has to change his game plans by puting a good show. He is now floping. Boateng should also start every game and not on the bench warmer.

  2. African Consciousness says:

    Add 2 more items to the to-do list:

    A ten mile goose run. Divide the 22 players into 2 groups. They will do a 10 mile run on the beach. The guy at the end of the line will sprint to the front of the line, then the next guy sprints to the front and on and on. They will do this while singing some Ghana songs, (example; la ila laa oo salamale kum ilala oo or tuleile imama tulelele etu dedede tu dedede). This will help challenge the team and provide bonding among the chaps. This exercise will also help with the endurance and conditioning of the team, do this on Thurday or Friday morning then in the evening work on team formation and positioning and spacing with military precision and discipline. Obviously with Jordan and Rabiu running into each other in the South Korean game this is a necessary preparation for the team.

    Saturday should be a scrimmage 11 against 11 with high intensity. Ground rules are no slide tackles and players must be on their feet the whole scrimmage. Limited contact, there must be no injuries pull back if you must to avoid any injuries, save it for the USA. Coaches should stop the game when set piece opportunities arise and work on set pieces. Create penalty opportunities and work on penalty kicks. Scrimmage for 90 minutes and then go for another 30 minutes to simulate the knock stage game situation. End the scrimmage with the 2 sides selecting 5 players to complete a penalty shootout. Do this in the morning practice and again in the evening practice. Sunday should be a day of rest. Shop, relax, spend the Sunday on the beach. Bring your own water and food. No pussy please save your energy for the USA!

  3. Benito says:

    African consciousness,we wanna avoid further injuries,your call for intensive 11 against 11 doesn’t add up

  4. shine says:

    Spiffing hard working will gurantee Ghana chances of wining their matches. we should not sit down and therefore pointing our fingures and said Black stars are gonna win.we must pray hard each day for them.All the faulties that Black stars keep on making during their games is that the technical team are not doing their job brilliants calculations needed most ,they should learnd how to set up a pillars to beat any experience football teams. Football formations also play important role. Ball possesions also play important role.Long ball passes and ball controles also play important role.midfielders helping the defenders also important indeed. penalty kicks should learn concretely so that tactical,the players will boose their mentality. As a team when it comes to a penalty kick,never choose any player who is not psychologically confident. Defenders must be sometimes not allow for critical penalties. when you play against any good team,you must play them dirty game for them to put fears into their hearts. Like Chelsea does for other teams in Europe. I am not a Chelsea fan but sometimes i like their style of play. African teams should teach the westerners a lessons they will never forget. Do not give them rooms to operate freely. when you loose a ball do not wait for others to fight it for you,fight it hard to get it back by all means. Let them know you are original from Africa. from elbow to elbow from legs to legs from head to head.passes needed most and also calculation,first before given a ball out. 3 5 2 formation will be good for Ghana that will allow much experience midfielders such as Kevin Boateng Sulley Muntari Kwadow Asamoah Andre Ayew Christian Atsu or even Agyemang Badu or even Rabiu. Asamoah Gyan and either Jordan or Waris will partner Gyan up front Boateng will play behind ,Atsu and Ayew will play behind boateng . Muntari and Kwadow Asamoah will play behind Ayew and Atsu Muntari and Asamoah can help the defenders cause Asamoah can play defensive midfielder there wont be a room for Americans to play their bassketball.But any selection by the coach is good cause he is a coach. God bless Black stars to Conqure the Globe