Ghana Clinches World Cup Berth Despite Losing To Egypt

By Juan Pablo Aravena
Vitters Sport – USA Today Sports

After the first leg, where they defeated Egypt by a 6-1 score, it was all but set that Ghana was going to be part of the upcoming World Cup. ‘The Black Stars’ joined Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Cameroon as the first four teams to qualify from the CAF group.

They were able to maintain the distance on the aggregate score, and despite losing to Egypt in the second leg 2-1, Ghana clinched their place in the world’s biggest soccer tournament for the next year.

Egypt dominated the encounter and scored the first two goals of the game, thanks to Amr Zaki in the first half and Gedo in the second, but in reality, they didn’t have any chance to turn things around after the 30th minute mark. Kevin-Prince Boateng pulled one back for Ghana near the end of the match, and they celebrated their qualification after the final whistle.

The former AC Milan star is only one of the big-name players that feature regularly in Ghana’s starting lineup. Alongside the Schalke 04 star, The Black Stars have players like Asamoah Gyan, Kdawko Asamoah and Sulley Muntari among their roster that mixes the physical style of the African teams with the experience of having players in the top leagues in the world.

Ghana is coming off a solid participation in the South African World Cup four years ago, where they were eliminated in the quarter-finals against Uruguay. Even when their team is not as strong as they were on that occasion, they could still turn a few heads if they’re able to gel enough before the tournament in Brazil.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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