Outright Odds: 250/one
Group E Winners: 12/one
Soon after successful four African Cup of countries titles and generating gamers of your calibre of Abedi Pele and Tony Yeboah, the Black Stars have capable for the World Cup finals for The very first time in ten tries, stretching back again to 1962.
Regardless of getting a pressure in African soccer between the 1960s and 1980s, qualification for the World Cup was never a serious work out and more not long ago the place experienced from very poor administration both equally on and from the pitch to scupper their makes an attempt to reach the 1994, 1998 and 2002 finals.
Nevertheless, this problem was eradicated less than new manager Ratomir Dujkovic. The Serbian took more than in December 2004 following Portuguese mentor Mariano Barreto Give up four months before. Dujkovic liked results with Rwanda, top a staff dubbed as no hopers for their very first African Cup of countries finals in 2004.
His impact was distinct as Ghana received 4 of their five remaining qualifying fixtures, like a 2-0 absent victory more than South Africa and inevitably topping their group by five details within the expense of the Bafana Bafana.
Where Ghana excel is in midfield. Chelseas Michael Essien is a vital player for his place and it has also shone at club degree, Regardless of criticism of his 24.four million value tag imposed by former club Lyon. They're captained by still left-footed Stephen Appiah who now plys his trade at Turkish outfit Fenerbahce following eight seasons in Italy with Udinese, Parma, 모바일바카라 Brescia and Juventus. Sulley Muntari also brings with him Serie A working experience as He's at the moment about the textbooks at Udinese.
Ghana are boosted in defence via the return of Roma centre fifty percent Samuel Kuffor. The previous Bayern Munich defender was away from favour following a dispute While using the coach but due to the fact apologising He's again in competition. Even without him Ghana boasted a indicate defence, conceding just 4 ambitions in 10 qualifying matches, the least of any African nation.
Even with a robust setup, Ghana go into their Environment Cup group as the unfancied outsiders which could work to their edge. They're pitted in opposition to one of the tournament favourites in Italy on their own opening match so there is absolutely no genuine stress for them. The crew have gelled effectively under Dujkovic and they are able to resulting in an opening match upset.
Past that they might wrestle because they absence gamers by using a real innovative in attack. The obligation will be on Vitesses Matthew Amoah and Modenas 20-calendar year aged striker Gyan Asamoah.
Ghana are effective at catching out slow-starters Italy within their initial match and qualifying within the group would be A serious achievement. More tricky game titles against the Czech Republic and USA could see the Black Stars narrowly miss out on out.
Ghana to beat Italy @ five/one