Team profile: Ghana

These African debutants bring with them a CV worthy of respect. The "Black Stars" have been African champions four times and World Champions at Under 17 level twice. Their first appearance is seen as an opportunity to finally live up to their potential, something which has so often been mismanaged d

    FIFA Ranking: 48

    Coach: Ratomir Dujkovic

    Key players: Michael Essien, Stephen Appiah, Samuel Kuffour

    World Cup record: First appearance

    Qualifying route: Won African Group 2

    Key question: Can a side whose star player is a defensive midfielder score the goals that will be needed for Ghana to sparkle?

    Squad:

    Goalkeepers #
    Sammy Adjei 1
    George Owu 16
    Richard Kingston 22
    Defenders
    Hans Sarpei 2
    Samuel Osei Kuffour 4
    John Mensah 5
    Emmanuel Pappoe 6
    Shilla Alhassan Illiasu 7
    Habib Mohammed 13
    John Pantsil 15
    Daniel Quaye 17
    Issah Ahmed 21
    Midfielders
    Michael Essien 8
    Derek Boateng 9
    Stephen Appiah 10
    Sulley Ali Muntari 11
    Eric Addo 18
    Otto Addo 20
    Haminu Dramani 23
    Forwards
    Asamoah Gyan 3
    Alex Tachie-Mensah 12
    Matthew Amoah 14
    Razak Pimpong 19

    Group matches:

    v Italy, 19:00 GMT, Monday 12th June - Hanover

    v Czech Republic, 16:00 GMT, Saturday 17th June - Cologne

    v USA, 14:00 GMT, Thursday 22nd June - Nuremberg

     

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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