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Analysis: Ghana had the toughest draw among African countries

Posted On Saturday, 7th December 2013

After Friday’s 2014 World Cup draw at Costa Do Sauipe, the analysis have been flying and the general consensus remains that Ghana had the toughest draw on the night.

Ghana

WORLD CUP: Ghana have been given the toughest task of the African sides at the 2014 World Cup after being drawn alongside Germany, USA and Portugal in Group G. Cameroon will face hosts and five-time world champions Brazil in Group A. Ivory Coast have been handed an easier draw than at their two previous finals in Group C. Nigeria will once again face Argentina in Group F as they did in 2010, while Algeria have highly-fancied Belgium in Group H.

Ghana are at their third straight finals and have made it past the group stages on both their previous appearances – but they face some quality opposition in Brazil. The Black Stars will open against the USA on 16 June, before they play Germany and finish against Portugal. At their first ever finals in Germany 2006, Ghana lost 3-0 to Brazil in the Last 16. In South Africa four years later, a missed penalty in the dying minutes of their quarter-final against Uruguay saw them fail to become the first ever African side to reach the last four.

Cameroon

Cameroon have been to seven World Cups but lost all three of their group games in South Africa in 2010. In Brazil next year they open their campaign against a Mexico side that needed a play-off win over New Zealand to reach the finals. Next up will be Croatia before they take on the hosts in their capital Brasilia on 23 June. The Indomitable Lions have been to more World Cups than any other African nation and were the first from the continent to reach the quarter-finals in 1990. However, that is the only time they have progressed beyond the group stages.

Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast will be happier with their draw at their third consecutive finals. This time around they play Japan, Colombia and Greece and they will have high hopes they can progress from the group for the first time. In Germany, they lost to Argentina and the Netherlands before a consolation victory over Serbia and Montenegro. The Elephants managed a draw against Portugal in 2010, but a loss to Brazil meant even a 3-0 win over North Korea was not enough for them to reach the knock-out stages.

Nigeria

Nigeria African champions Nigeria will be pleased with their draw at their fifth finals. They face Iran before taking on Bosnia-HercHerzegovina will finish against Argentina as they attempt to reach the Last 16, as they did in both 1994 and 1998. They will hope to avoid falling at the first hurdle – a fate they suffered in both 2002 and 2010. Despite losing both their opening group games in South Africa, the Super Eagles still had the chance to reach the Last 16 had they beaten South Korea in their final game but they were held to a 2-2 draw to finish bottom of the pool. The African champions also have the advantage of having experienced the conditions in Brazil before, having taken part in the Confederations Cup earlier this year.

Algeria

Algeria have been given a tricky group and open against a Belgium side that has a vast array of talent. The Desert Foxes then face South Korea and Belgium as they aim to get to the knock-out stages for the first time.They should have advanced in 1982 when they became the first African nation to win two matches at a finals tournament. including a famous victory over West Germany. However, they failed to qualify from the group on goal difference after West Germany and Austria allegedly contrived a result that allowed them both to progress. The match became known as the “Shame of Gijon” and prompted world governing body Fifa to ensure all final group games are played simultaneously. Algeria failed to win a game in their subsequent two finals in Mexico in 1986 and at the last World Cup in 2010.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. Boro says:

    WE WILL SAIL THROUGH WITH HARD WORK STARTING FROM NOW!!!
    Finally, the ball is in our court and I think, I agree with AA when he said it all boils down to preparation. What I will like to add though is commitment, stamina, prevention of naivety (concentration at all times) and the technique to employ match by match.
    PREPARATION
    Physical
    I think we need to prepare well physically to give us the stamina we need. The members of the BS team should on individual bases begin to work on their stamina so that they can go all out during the tournament should they be selected.
    Psychology
    Players of the BS team should begin to put it in their minds that they are going out there to win each and every match no matter the pedigree of the opposing teams. I mean “the can do spirit”. The Ghanaian psychologist needs to begin working on the team right now.
    TECHNICAL BENCH
    Possible Oppositions
    First of all, with the draws out I think the video analyst should begin to look out for the shortfalls of all the teams we have been paired with and AA work out good strategies to map out these teams like he did to Egypt. He must choose teams with similar strategies and try these strategies base on the strong and weaknesses of these teams to see how those strategies will work. Going forwards AA should know that there is possibility that the teams we are going to meet might be able to either posses the ball than us or might try to catch us on swift counter attacks or surprise us with long passes. There can also be a situation where opposing teams might try to get set pieces in dangerous positions or even cause numerical disadvantage. In the mist of all these in AA’s mind how is he going to map out a strategy to avoid all these problems? For instance, in the return match against Egypt his strategy of swift counter attack did not work well. Although we got a consolation goal through that in the dying minute of the match, I think that strategy did not work well in that match. How is he going to correct that?
    Concentration
    If I am to remind AA of the 2006 world cup in Germany, we lost to Brazil by three goals. In that match we had more possession of the ball than the Brazilians however; it only took two piercing passes from Ronaldinho which caught our defense flat and sleeping. In fact, such passes threatened our defense throughout that game. How is AA going to avoid such technical disability in this current team?
    Lessons learned?
    In our match against Egypt in Kumasi although we won that match 6-1 against Egypt, AA made a basic mistake which when made in the world cup could cause us a red card and therefore numerical disadvantage. This is the foul committed by Rashid Sumaila which caused us the penalty. In the first place I think it was a red card offense and when he escaped what AA should have done was to substitute him. In the big stage like the world cup what the opposing team will do is always try to attach through him to commit another bookable offence. Had RS attracted the red card could BS have won by that margin?
    I must also state that the continuing turning of one of the most skillful players in the team into a defender in the person of Kwadwo Asamoah is not helping the team. He should rather find a player who can do his work at the left back position to free KA rather than the current approach.
    Ghana’s Group
    With our group for this coming 2014 world cup, I think it is a good group for us, if we really want to go farther than the previous world cups. Unless, we are just there to add to the numbers because it is the toughest of all the groups and if we are able to sail through in this group “Isha Allah” we can be sure of reaching the semis and then to the final. After all, as the saying goes “one need to be better than good in order to compete with the best of the world”
    Wish you well AA.

  2. texas says:

    Well to be the best, one needs to beat the best and over all obstacles on ones path. And that is exactly what Ghana will do. If you do not want to play a team in the World Cup, then never think of winning the world cup. Why even participate? Black Stars players are ready for the battle…….remember – it is always impossible until it is done – Nelson Mandela.

  3. spellBOUND says:

    im not one to complain about draws, but it seems some forces somewhere are really against Ghana. first:
    we were in the toughest group during qualifying with sudan and zambia,
    then pinned against egypt, a team considered the strongest of the unseeded,
    and now the in the group of death????/

    we shall put all these forces to shame. if God is with us, who can be against us?

  4. morris(the nigerian) says:

    Wow..nice draw for ghana..lol…remembered some very sick and demented ghanaians predicting the toughest of draws for nigeria hmm turns out in reality,the reverse seems to be the case…good luck in your group of death..even though realistically I know you’re not gonna make it

  5. Naija says:

    I see in the spirit realm , GHANA will sack their coach after d World Cup !

  6. sam says:

    and who says nigeria wud qualify???

  7. morris(the nigerian) says:

    I say so

  8. Daniel (the Nigerians) says:

    GHANA will make it!!!
    Buy I’m thinking about (Nigeria) whine they are in Africa,they play’s well. But in the world cup they poor, poor and poor

  9. We're The African Champions (UP 9JA) says:

    Yep, we’re in quater final now, battling 4 semi, hehehehehe cant wait to C gayna with a basket of goals,,, hehehe virazilllll here we come,





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