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When Group G was drawn out of the hat, the immediate reaction was that Germany and Portugal would cake walk the group for obvious reasons. However is there any chance of Ghana posing an apparent upset? Let’s not forget this is the joint most successful African country to content in the World Cup. What exactly are the strengths and weaknesses of this Ghanaian squad?
Half of 2010’s quarter final starting 11 remain in the first team. This experience will surely come to bear especially considering anyone who watched that quarter final …

Although Burkina Faso may have something to say about the alleged fielding of an ineligible player, as it stands, the same five countries who qualified from CAF for the 2010 World Cup have qualified for Brazil next summer. Quite a rare occurrence, particularly in recent World Cup campaigns, with it being a very long and drawn out qualification process, with two phases which result in five two-legged play-off matches, where the winner books their place in the finals. Here is a look at the prospects for each of the five nations …

For Ghana this was the tournament that promised so much but in reality achieved so little. On paper the Black Stars had one of the most promising teams going in the African Cup of Nations 2012 with their mix of young, up-and-coming stars playing alongside their experienced counterparts. Yet a string of injuries, poor discipline and changing formations meant some of Africa’s finest talent were left frustrated with their performances in this year’s tournament.
Having made it through the qualification stages of the competition undefeated, scoring 13 goals and only conceding …

Mali grabbed third place in the African Cup of Nations 2012 after beating Ghana 2-0 in game where the Black Stars practically failed to show up.
Forward Cheick Tidiane Diabate stole the headlines in a repeat of the group stage fixture, where Ghana won 2-0, as he struck twice. The Ghanaian team, who really lacked confidence in this game, saw their side reduced to 10-men for the third time in the tournament when Isaac Vorash saw red which all but condemned them to defeat.

Mali’s Cheick Tidiane Diabate celebrates his opening goal
The …

Zambia booked their place in the Sunday’s African Cup of Nations final, a competition they have never won, after a late but superb goal from substitute Emmanuel Mayuka stunned 10-man Ghana who dominated the game in Bata.
Mayuka curled home his winner from the edge of the area with 12 minutes remaining and Ghana’s hopes of a comeback were all but ended with the dismissal of Derek Boateng soon after.
Black Stars striker Asamoah Gyan was made to rue his first-half penalty miss, and a host of other chances, as the unfancied Zambians …

Ghana progressed through to the semi-finals of the African Cup of Nations after a goal-keeping mistake in extra time handed the Black Stars the win in an otherwise evenly matched encounter.
Black Stars captain John Mensah put his side ahead after nine minutes, before Sabeur Khalifa equalised for Tunisia just before half-time.
The game ended 1-1 after 90 minutes, and remained level until a Tunisia mistake gifted Ghana the winner which Andre Ayew gratefully converted.

Black Stars captain John Mensah was recalled to the squad for this fixture to partner John Boye in …

Guinea coach Michel Dussuyer has criticised South African referee Daniel Bennett for “helping” Ghana progress to the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations.
Ghana drew 1-1 with Guinea on Wednesday in their final group D fixture which saw them advance through to the next round at the expense of the Syli National who had to settle with third place in the group after Mali beat Botswana 2-1.
                       
One of the battles in a physical game between Ghana and Guinea
Dussuyer lashed out at the official after the game for only …

Ghana all but guaranteed their place in the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations after they beat Mali 2-0.
Second half goals from Asamoah Gyan and Andre Ayew means only a defeat in their last group match will prevent them from progressing into the latter stages of the competition.

Asamoah Gyan celebrates his first goal of the campaign
Coach Goran Stevanovic made three changes to his line-up for the Black Stars second group match. Jonathon Mensah was brought in to replace John Mensah, who was sent off against Botswana, and both Jordan Ayew and …

John Mensah will be grabbing the headlines for both the right and wrong reasons after he scored but was then sent off leaving his side in an exposed situation.
Captain John Mensah put the Black Stars ahead in the first half, burying an in-swinging corner from close range. But the skipper earned himself a red card just after the hour mark, bringing down Jerome Ramatlhakwane, with the Zebras striker through on goal.
In a game of few chances, Ghana dominated possession, but struggled to break down their committed opponents, who were making …

As favourites to take home the African Cup of Nations this year the spotlight is already firmly on Ghana. A squad full of swagger, confidence and youthful exuberance make them one of the best teams in the tournament but who are the players that are making the Black Stars shine?:
 Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE)
Age: 26
A.K.A: “Baby Jet”
Caps: 54, Goals: 27
Position: Striker
Previous Clubs: Sunderland, Rennes, Modena, Udinese, Liberty Professionals
Did you know?: Gyan is the first Ghanaian Player ever to score a goal at the Fifa World Cup Finals
Despite only just returning …