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World Cup 2010 team guide: Ghana

World Cup guide: Ghana

World Cup guide - Ghana

The Bison is out but the future of the Black Stars burns bright. On 27 May the inevitable was confirmed and Michael 'The Bison' Essien was ruled out of the World Cup, depriving Ghana of their totem and driving force. The news prompted much consternation, but their group of phenomenally-talented youngsters might just help soften the blow in South Africa. Ghana's stand-ins, consisting of members of the team that won the Under-20 World Cup against Brazil in October, stood-up to be counted and helped propel them to the final.

Ghana have players spread across Europe's top leagues and can boast a Champions League winner in the combustible Sulley Muntari of Inter Milan. They will draw on the memories of their World Cup debut in 2006 where they enjoyed two group stage wins before being outclassed by Brazil. They fear nobody and have every chance of progressing with Group D looking wide open.

Aim: Replicating their performance at the 2006 World Cup, where they reached the second round, would be a superb achievement given how difficult Group D could be to get out of. England would be their likely opponents should they get through.

John Mensah

John Mensah From the Black Stars to the Black Cats, centre-back John Mensah's career has seen him play for a remarkable nine clubs in nine years. He has spent this season on loan at Sunderland from Lyon and although he has been hampered by persistent calf and back injuries, his displays when fit have been thoroughly impressive.

Sulley Muntari

Sulley Muntari The former Portsmouth midfielder this year won the Champions League with Inter Milan. A feisty character, he has had numerous run-ins with the Ghanaian FA during his international career. He was sent home from the 2004 Olympics and was also left out of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations squad.

Stephen Appiah

Stephen Appiah Nicknamed the Tornado, Ghana's inspirational captain was a precocious talent and started playing for Ghanaian powerhouses Hearts of Oak at the age of just 15. He made his full international debut on his 16th birthday and was the youngest member of the Ghana team that won the World Under-17 Championship.

Milovan Rajevac

MILOVAN RAJEVAC Many questioned his appointment in 2008 - the third Serbian and 10th coach to take charge of Ghana in the last six years - but he guided the team to the Africa Cup of Nations final and the World Cup. He played in the 1979 Uefa Cup final for Red Star Belgrade and before taking up the Ghana post, led Serbia's FK Borak to the Uefa Cup, the club's greatest ever achievement.


Richard Branson recently ditched Virgin Atlantic flights to Mauritius to open a new long-haul service from London to Accra. If Branson rates Ghana as a better destination than Mauritius, then that is good enough for us.


Michael Essien

Ghana's World Cup qualifying highlights (UK only)

W 3-0 Libya (H)
W 3-2 Lesotho (A)
L 2-0 Gabon (A)
W 2-0 Gabon (H)
W 1-0 Libya (A)
W 3-0 Lesotho (H)
W 1-0 Benin (H)
W 2-0 Mali (A)
W 2-0 Sudan (A)
W 2-0 Sudan (H)
L 1-0 Benin (A)
D 2-2 Mali (H)
Qualified by topping their African group D by three points ahead of Benin


2006: Progressed to the second round four years ago in Germany

Written by Paul Birch

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Group tables

Group A

Group A teams W D L GD PTS
Uruguay 2 1 0 4 7
Mexico 1 1 1 1 4
South Africa 1 1 1 -2 4
France 0 1 2 -3 1

Group B

Group B teams W D L GD PTS
Argentina 3 0 0 6 9
South Korea 1 1 1 -1 4
Greece 1 0 2 -3 3
Nigeria 0 1 2 -2 1

Group C

Group C teams W D L GD PTS
USA 1 2 0 1 5
England 1 2 0 1 5
Slovenia 1 1 1 0 4
Algeria 0 1 2 -2 1

Group D

Group D teams W D L GD PTS
Germany 2 0 1 4 6
Ghana 1 1 1 0 4
Australia 1 1 1 -3 4
Serbia 1 0 2 -1 3

Group E

Group E teams W D L GD PTS
Netherlands 3 0 0 4 9
Japan 2 0 1 2 6
Denmark 1 0 2 -3 3
Cameroon 0 0 3 -3 0

Group F

Group F teams W D L GD PTS
Paraguay 1 2 0 2 5
Slovakia 1 1 1 -1 4
New Zealand 0 3 0 0 3
Italy 0 2 1 -1 2

Group G

Group G teams W D L GD PTS
Brazil 2 1 0 3 7
Portugal 1 2 0 7 5
Ivory Coast 1 1 1 1 4
North Korea 0 0 3 -11 0

Group H

Group H teams W D L GD PTS
Spain 2 0 1 2 6
Chile 2 0 1 1 6
Switzerland 1 1 1 0 4
Honduras 0 1 2 -3 1

see also
Country profile: Ghana
19 Apr 11 |  Country profiles

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