Ghana reached the Quarter Finals in South Africa 4 years ago, but are very unlikely to repeat the feat. They face Germany, Portugal and USA in Group G – and are missing several key defenders. They have named just 6 defenders in the squad, with Coach Appiah quoted as saying he could use Asamoah and Essien as a defenders.
GK’s: Fatau Dauda, Adam Kwarasey, Stephen Adams
DF’s: Samuel Inkoom, Daniel Opare, Harrison Afful, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Rashid Sumalia
MF’s: Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Rabiu Mohammed, Kwadwo Asamoah, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Afriyie Acquah, Christian Atsu, Albert Adomah, Andre Ayew, Mubarak Wakaso
FW’s: Asamoah Gyan, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Abdul Majeed Waris, Jordan Ayew
Ghana finished top of their Group in Stage 2 of Qualifying, going into the 3rd Stage Playoffs where they faced Egypt. Ghana won the first leg 6-1, and lost the 2nd 2-1, going through 7-3 on aggregate.
Ones to Watch:
Daniel Opare – Since leaving Real Madrid, the Right Back has become a regular in the squad, but not appeared too much. Now, after leaving Liege for Porto, and Ghana’s weak defence, he could find himself playing an important role. He has proved himself as the best right back in Belgium, surely he must be recognised at International level?
Christian Atsu – known as ‘The African Messi’ – Atsu, now at Chelsea, but on loan at Vitesse could star this summer. He has rapid pace and an eye for goal. Certainly one to keep an eye on.
Kevin Prince-Boateng – The ex-Tottenham, Dortmund and Milan man, now at Schalke, is a very underused player for Ghana, playing just 11 times since his debut in 2010. However, this summer, after a good season in Germany, he will be in the starting 11. Exciting player with a mean shot on him!
(4-4-2/4-2-3-1): Dauda, Opare, Mensah, Inkoom, Asamoah, Essien, Agyemang-Badu, A Ayew, Prince-Boateng, Atsu, Gyan.
A decent lineup, but shouldn’t worry Portugal or Germany too much. Even USA will think they can win. Qualifying saw them use a mix of these two formations, with Badu and Ayew playing on the wings and Prince-Boateng pushing up just behind Gyan. Either could be used.
Winner – 250/1
Group Winner – 11/1
To Qualify – 3/1
Finish Bottom of Group – 13/10
Over 2.5 Points – 8/11
Unless Portugal slip up, Ghana are going home in the group stage. At best I can see them beating the USA, but that is about it. They may surprise us, but I severely doubt it. 1/7 to go out at Group Stage isn’t good value, not even worth adding to an accumulator. Our Top Tip however is Over 2.5 Group Points at 8/11.