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Why Ghana is the Most Successful African Team in the World Cup – SportsUntapped.com
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Added June 21st, 2010 by Steve

Why Ghana is the Most Successful African Team in the World Cup
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Ghana is so far the most successful African team in the 2010 World Cup for a few reasons.

#1: Youth. Ghana is mostly made up of a squad that beat Brazil in the 2009 U-20 World Cup and is looking to prove themselves on a bigger world stage.

#2: Speed. The speed down the right and left flanks is unbelievable; they will burst up the sideline and put a ball into the box before you can pronounce the name Asamoah Gyan.

#3: Perseverance. After losing Michael Essien this group of young men came out quicker and harder than anyone could have anticipated. One can only imagine what would be happening if the Chelsea man were uninjured.

#4: Organization. Ghana has allowed but 1 goal so far and has left teams walking away with few chances throughout the game; they have a compact defense anchored by Fulham man John Pantsil.

#5: Depth. In 2 games Ghana has used 17 different players and has accrued 4 points from a possible 6 to be on the top of Group D.

#6: Composure. Both of Ghana’s goals have 2 things in common. One, they were both scored by World Cup standout Asamoah Gyan. Two, they were both taken from the penalty spot. Even in a backyard game it takes a lot of concentration to score from the spot, but on the world’s biggest footballing stage it takes boatloads of it.

Ghana has one game remaining in the group stage against Germany and only need a draw to make it through to the Round of Sixteen. If they advance they will play either the winner or runner up of Group C.

My scoreline prediction for the match against Germany is a 1-1 draw and I will bet on this result at Bodog.

 
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