Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

12 June 2014

Ghana: Could Ghana Be This Year's World Cup Darlings?

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Asamoah Gyan celebrates his and Ghana's only goal in the match with Brazil.

analysis

Ghana have got one of the toughest draws of all of Africa's teams at the 2014 World Cup. However, everyone in the team has something to prove - right from their superstar players to their coach. Optimists can dare to dream that the Black Stars will shine.

There is much to like about the Ghana team. They have the youngest average age of the tournament, they are remembered for their heartbreak against Uruguay in the last tournament, they have a local coach and a fairytale story in Alber Adomah. During the last World Cup, Adomah was working as a painter and decorator, having just finished a Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting at the College of North West London.

He's come a long way since then and, when his place in the 23-man World Cup squad was confirmed, his dad told him there's no need for a Father's Day present anymore. They might be brimming with heart-warming sentiment, but sport is not played on sentiment.

Their first challenge is simply making it out of their group. With Germany, Portugal and old foe, the United States, lying in wait, the Black Stars face a stern challenge in the first...

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