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Australia should be wary of World Cup Group D betting rivals, Ghana

Posted on 05/03 by Marc J

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South Africa 2010 will be Ghana’s second ever appearance in the senior World Cup tournament, and with the team's star still recuperating from a knee injury, there are those who feel the finals in south Africa is a tournament too soon for Ghana.

The 2006 world cup saw a courageous effort from Ghana, who came second in their group behind eventual winners Italy, before they were eliminated in the next stage 3-0 by Brazil and were finally ranked 13th best nation in the 32 nation competition.

Earlier this year Ghana secured a place in the final of the African Cup of Nations in Angola against Egypt. Unfortunately victory was out of reach when a late goal from Egypt’s Ahmed Mohamed Hassan El Saka decided the game.

However, their young and talented squad emerged triumphant in the FIFA 2009 U20 tournament where they became the first African nation to win the prestigious trophy following a passionate game which concluded with a sudden death penalty shoot beating brazil 4-3. Definitely some rising stars that we may see in future tournaments, but maybe not in June.

Coach Serbian Milovan Rajevac, who took on the post in August 2008, is now considered the most successful boss in the country's history and he is confident his team will go far in the tournament.

The team who will be captained by mid fielder Stephen Appiah – Spurs fans may recall his trail at white hart lane back in 2009 – and who now plays for Bologna after Tottenham did not offer him a contract following concerns around knee injuries.

The starting line up will also include Chelsea’s powerhouse and Ghana’s star player Michael Essian who is currently recovering from a knee injury incurred whilst playing in the African Cup. As well as Inter Milan’s Sulley Muntaro and Fullham's John Painstil. Goalkeeper Robert Kingston (Wigan) was impressive during the Angolan tournament where African goalkeeping talent seemed to be thin on the ground.

With Ghana currently holding a FIFA ranking of 37 and being drawn in the same Group D as Germany, Australia and Serbia. With Germany placed as firm favorites to win this group you can get 5.00 on Ghana doing so from Sportsbet. Centrebet offer a more pesimistic 1.80 on Ghana not making the last 16, whilst Bet365.com see Ghana’s elimination in the quarter-finals at 15/2. The black stars will have to work hard to shine brighter in this tournament!



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