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World Cup 2010: George Weah backs Ghana against Uruguay

The Ghana players move goal post in training
Ghana are bidding to be the first African team to reach the World Cup semis

Former World Player of the Year George Weah has backed Ghana to beat Uruguay in the World Cup quarter-finals on Friday.

"They just have to look at their team and whatever ingredients are missing, they can add to win," Weah said.

The Black Stars were the only African team to make it out of the group stages and went on to thrill the continent with a 2-1 second round win over USA.

"No-one expected Ghana to be in the quarter-finals," Weah added.

"That's because it is one of the smallest African teams.

"We expected Cameroon or Ivory Coast to get that far."

Victory for Ghana would make them the first African team to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.

George Weah, who at the height of his career graced the pitch for top European clubs such as AC Milan and Paris St Germain, believes history is within the reach of the Black Stars.

"Ghana was not the favourite, but again I think they can do well against Uruguay.

"They can even win if they have the desire."

The 48-year-old Weah is the only African player ever to be named World Player of the Year.

With victory on Friday, the Black Stars could achieve a similar distinctive position in African football.

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