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Ghana: The Black Stars

By Alexis Billebault
Posted on Tuesday, 8 June 2010 09:51

The Black Stars believe they have a chance


World Cup
2006: last 16?

African Cup of Nations?
1963, 1965, 1978, 1982: winner


First of Group D, Africa zone


Milovan Rajevac


Richard Kingston, Wigan

Daniel Adjei, Liberty Professionals

Stephen Ahorlu, Hearts of Lions


Samuel Inkoom, Basle

Hans Sarpei, Bayer Leverkusen

Lee Addy, Bechem Chelsea

John Mensah, Sunderland

Rahim Ayew, Zamalek

Isaac Vorsah, Hoffenheim

John Pantsil, Fulham

Jonathan Mensah, Granada


Dede Ayew, Arlese Avignon

Kwadwo Asamoah, Udinese

Stephen Appiah, Bologna

Anthony Annan, Rosenborg

Sulley Muntari, Inter Milan

Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, Al Sadd

Derek Boateng, Getafe

Kevin-Prince Boateng, Portsmouth


Prince Tagoe, Hoffenheim

Asamoah Gyan, Rennes

Dominic Adiyiah, AC Milan

Matthew Amoah, NAC Breda

The performance of the Ghanaian team in this year’s African Cup of Nations was nothing short of miraculous: shorn of their key players by injury (Essien, Appiah, Paintsil and Mensah) and by indiscipline problems (Muntari), they nevertheless managed to reach the final, where they were beaten (1-0) by Egypt. Coach Milovan Rajevich had to dig deep into the talented Under-20’s World Cup squad, and players like Inkoom, Ayew and Annan repaid the belief shown in them.

The team now plays in a style that is more pragmatic than beautiful.Rajevich brushes aside criticism, saying, “only results count”, and that he did not see the point of “keeping hold of the ball for hours without scoring”. Moving away from showboating and tricks, he prefers a fast, efficient and muscular passing game. In Angola, for the ACN, Ghana scored just three goals in five matches, which tells its own story.

The return to the squad of senior players will help add to the team’s self-confidence, and, most importantly, to their ability to find the back of the net. Sulleyman Muntari has made his peace with Rajevich, while Michael Essien and Stephen Appiah are both hoping they will not suffer relapses of the injuries that have kept them out of their respective seasons and that they find their form again quickly.

Ghana were the only African team to make it out of their group four years ago. Though their current group is dominated by Germany, the Black Stars are looking to get results against Serbia and Australia to graduate to the next round.

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