Ghana – World Cup 2014 – Betting
Manager: Akwasi Appiah
Captain: Asamoah Gyan
FIFA World Ranking: 37
World Cup Appearances: 2
Best World Cup: Quarter Finals 2010
Ghana Team Profile
Although the name ‘Ghana’ may not jump to the fore of the mid with most part-time international football punters, they have actually been somewhat of a powerhouse nation back in the African continent. Ghana have made 19 appearances in the African Cup of Nations, winning the tournament on four occasions, dominating during the 60’s. However, although they were the team to beat in Africa 50 years ago, they didn’t assert themselves when it came to World Cup qualification, failing to qualify for the World Cup during their most successful period.
Ghana have been an irregular entry into the World Cup, just twice in fact, and, although they have made regular appearances in the African Cup of Nations, they haven’t actually won the tournament since 1982, over 26 years ago. This huge barren run has reflected in their World Cup bids but their did break their duck and eventually booked their first World Cup date back in Germany 2006. They arrived in Germany as an unknown quantity and left with many admirers. They shocked most people by bypassing an extremely tough group consisting of USA, Czech Republic & eventual winners Italy.
Ghana were eventually knocked out by Brazil in the last sixteen but it’s clear that Ghana enjoyed their first ever World Cup. They went straight back to the 2010 World Cup and went a stage further, making it to the quarter finals where they were controversially knocked out by Uruguay. Can their keep their stages of progress going?
Nickname: The Black Stars
Ghana Key Players
Michael Essien will be the biggest celebrity in the Ghana camp providing he actually goes. Essien has made a respectable name for himself as being the ‘hard as nails’ defensive-midfielder, who isn’t afraid to get stuck in with a tackle or two. He provides a more than adequate cover with his main role to break down the forward play of their opponents. For Ghana, though, while he may put his usual defensive midfield responsibilities to good use, Essien always tended to get forward a lot more. It is his experience in the side which is really going to be the biggest asset from the Milan player.
He really made his name in the 2010 World Cup, when he moved across from France to Premier League side Sunderland. He never really settled down there though, only turning in 34 appearances, but did net 10 goals in that run. He was then sent out to Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates where he has been a revelation, netting 61 goals in 60 appearances at the time of writing. He has returned 39 goals in 78 international games for his country and still has a lot to offer. Without him Ghana are lightweight up front.
Back in Germany 2006, Ghana were a very solid outfit and an awkward side to break down, as Italy, USA and the Czech’s found out. The Italians were the only one of the three to beat Ghana but even they struggled to break a workmanlike Ghana defence down. Their strengths are in their organisation, because rarely do Ghana thump sides, they often win games by the odd goal, absorbing the opposition attacks and then hitting them on the break. Ghana will be a frustrating team to play against in the summer for many. Tough group for them to navigate though at Brazil 2014, having to face up to Germany, Portugal and the USA.
Ghana are short of quality forwards without Asamoah Gyan. That could be a major problem for them. They have great young talents in Jordan Ayew and Majeed Waris coming through the ranks, but are lacking real international experience. The big issue for Ghana is that they are going up against the high scoring Germany and Portugal sides in the group stage and wonder if they’ll have enough firepower themselves to contend.
Ghana Qualification for the World Cup
Goals Scored: 18
Goals Conceded: 3
World Cup Potential: 2/5
Ghana will be a difficult group opponent, with their awkward set up and style of play, but their solid tactics won’t be good enough against sides that will punish them if given half-a-chance. Their defence will frustrate opposing teams and should earn them a few points in the group, but their apparent lack of fire-power does leave them extremely vulnerable against the better sides. It’s Gyan or bust for the Africans.
Ghana World Cup Betting Odds
Ghana to win the World Cup: 150/1 Sportingbet
Before the World Cup the odds on Ghana were 250/1
Ghana World Cup 2014 Fixtures – Group G
|Mo 16th June||17.00||Germany v Portugal||4:0|
|Mo 16th June||23.00||Ghana v USA||1:2|
|Sa 21st June||20.00||Germany v Ghana||2:2|
|Su 22nd June||23.00||USA v Portugal||2:2|
|Th 26th June||17.00||USA v Germany||0:1|
|Th 26th June||17.00||Portugal v Ghana||2:1|
World Cup 2014 Group G Table