Injured Essien makes Ghana Preliminary Squad

8th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
Football World Cup News

Betting on Ghana at the World Cup could be influenced by the recent news that Chelsea’s Michael Essien has been named in the nation’s preliminary squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The world class midfielder, who is the very epitome of hard work and reliability in his defensive midfield role at Stamford Bridge, has been missing for a large chunk of the season, and sadly had to also sit out the African Cup of Nations tournament as well because of his problems with injury. The assessment of his initial rehabilitation had optimistically placed Essien back into action for the London Club for the last few games of their season. But with complications with the injury flaring up again, there has been a decrease in expectancy over whether now will make the World Cup for the Black Stars.

 

Portsmouth’s Kevin-Prince Boateng, who was born in Ghana, is still awaiting authorisation from FIFA, for his to take part in the World Cup with the African side. The confusion over his situation comes from him having played for a German international youth side. Fulham’s John Pantsil and Sunderland’s John Mensah have also been included in the squad, of which, only four play domestically in Ghana. Ghana start their World Cup Fixtures against Serbia, in a tight match, which could go a long way to deciding who finishes in second place in Group D.

World Cup Betting Odds have Germany down as favourites to win Group D, with the Socceroos from Australia also in the mix. This is Ghana’s second appearance, and while they are somewhat in the shadows of Cameroon and the Ivory Coast, they represent a strong force in the competition, backed up by how well their youngsters performed at the African Cup of Nations. Their players are plying their trade from right across Europe, with a particular influence from the German and Italian domestic league. If Chelsea’s Michael Essien can regain his fitness and put in appearances, then their World Cup odds will only be enhanced.

 



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