Sunday, January 15, 2012
Africa Cup of Nations -Group D - Ghana
Colours: All white with black trim
Country population: 24,233,431
Ghana are one of the favourites for the tournament having a wealth of talent at their disposal.
They have been playing football longer than a lot of the other African nations having formed their FA in 1957 when they were still known as the Gold Coast and under British administration. In 1960 they played a friendly against the all conquering Real Madrid and managed to get a very creditable 3-3 draw.
With regards to the Africa Cup of Nations Ghana are the second most successful team after Egypt having won the tournament in 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982. Strangely though they did not qualify for the World Cup until 2006. However, they had qualified for 5 straight Olympics prior to this and in 1992 became the first African team to win a medal for football after getting a bronze in Barcelona. They did have a few dark years in the 1990s including in 1994 when parliament had to get involved, players Anthony Yeboah and Abedi Pele getting most of the blame. However, by the 21st century things were better and in 2010 they managed to get to the quarter finals and would have probably got to the Semi Final if it hadn't been for the hand of Suarez on the line keeping the ball out for Uruguay in the most blatant cheating since Maradona's 'hand of God'.
Star player: Suley Muntari
Suley Muntari is a key member of the squad and his experience and passing ability will probably help determine how well the Black Stars do. The midfielder would love to add to the FA Cup winners medal he won at Portsmouth and the Champions League medal he won with his current club Inter.