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Team Ghana: The Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

Team Ghana: The Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

In a cluster where two of Europe’s most predatory sides, Germany and Portugal, are imposing domination, there is barely a spacious room for African side Gahana to deliver genuine imprint. Indeed, the squad are one of Africa’s strongest brood of players but their strength may not be strong enough to help them reach the upper stages of the impending FIFA World Cup 2014.

Semi-finalists in the last four Africa Cup of Nations, Ghana were only prevented from reaching the same stage at the 2010 World Cup by a mocking Luis Suarez handball. In the 2014 qualifications, the squad illustrated intricate maneuvers which caused them to both win clean sheets and concede goals to their opponents.  Their campaign reached its summit with the return of brothers Andre and Jordan Ayew, Michael Essien, and Kevin-Prince Boateng from self-imposed hiatus. Keeping this quartet on board for the finals would be crucial.

Al Ain FC striker Asamoah Gyan is the Black Stars’ front man. His six goals from the qualifying appearances all came from open play and he averages more than a goal per fixture for his United Arab Emirates club. To mentor and manage him and his teammates would be James Kwesi Appiah, former Ghana captain who was promoted to managerial position in April 2012 after four years of occasional caretaking duties.

Compared to other teams, particularly those in the same group (Group G), Ghana have more problems to address. Their midfield attack has good clinical skills and depth, but everything else lacks adequate experience or quality. The troupe’s goalkeeping department would be their biggest dilemma as Fatawu Dauda and Adam Kwarasey are hardly the ideal keepers to help them abate their opponents’ attempt at conversion. The central defensive lacks substantial caliber either.

 

Image source: FIFA

 

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