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Ghana out to avenge wrongs of 2010 World Cup

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Ghana might have a chance of making the last 16 (©GettyImages)
Ghana might have a chance of making the last 16 (©GettyImages).

Ghana find themselves grouped alongside European powerhouses Portugal and Germany - along with the United States - but how will the African side fare in South America?

Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates), Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset), Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars).

Defenders: Samuel Inkoom (Platanias), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege), Harrison Afful (Esperance), John Boye (Rennes), Jonathan Mensah (Evian), Rashid Sumalia (Mamelodi Sundowns).

Midfielders: Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari (both AC Milan), Rabiu Mohammed (Kuban Krasnodar), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese), Afriyie Acquah (Parma), Christian Atsu (Vitesse), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough), Andre Ayew (Marseille), Mubarak Wakaso (Rubin Kazan).

Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain), Kevin-Prince Boateng (Schalke 04), Abdul Majeed Waris (Valenciennes), Jordan Ayew (Sochaux).

Fixtures

16th June v USA (Natal)

21st June v Germany (Fortaleza)

26th June v Portugal (Brasilia)

Strengths

2010’s quarterfinalists defend solidly, with Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari soaking up pressure in midfield. Ghana will look to break down the flanks with players such as Asamoah, Atsu and the Ayew brothers.

Weaknesses

Other than on the wings, Ghana lack creativity with their key players sitting in defensive midfield roles. They key man at the last world cup, Asamaoh Gyan, may have suffered since his move to Qatar.

Key Player

Majeed Waris. The Valenciennes has been a breath of fresh air to the Ghanaians, forming a solid strike partnership with Gyan.

Prediction

They will need to do well to make it out of the group, but a good result against Portugal could see them pip their European counterparts to second place.

Odds

250/1


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