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5 Reasons Why Ghana Will Hoist The World Cup In 2014

5 Reasons Why Ghana Will Hoist The World Cup In 2014

Midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng of Ghana
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Ghana will make their way to the World Cup in Brazil this year looking to improve on their gutsy showing at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. They made the quarterfinals stage on that occasion and only narrowly lost out on a penalty shootout to Uruguay. Ghana will carry that experience with them in Brazil and it will no doubt serve as motivation to the Black Stars as well.

5. Experience

Christian Atsu of Ghana
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5. Experience

Christian Atsu of Ghana
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Ghana have great experience both with individuals and as a team. Players like Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari and Derek Boateng have all been there and done it before. That experience will be crucial in guiding Ghana through the group stage and then into the knockout rounds.

4. Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana
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4. Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana
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Asamoah Gyan is capable of scoring the goals that Ghana need to progress through the tournament. Gyan has done it before, scoring three goals (top scorers had five) in the 2010 World Cup. Gyan has also scored goals in the Premier League for Sunderland and has shown he can score at the highest level.

3. Powerful Midfield

Kwadwo Asamoah
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3. Powerful Midfield

Kwadwo Asamoah
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Ghana have an abundance of central midfielders who are powerful and athletic. It will be tiring for opposition to deal with the running power of multiple players from Essien, Muntari, Boateng, Anthony Annan and Kwadwo Asamoah over 90 minutes. The midfield is also full of experience and will be a vital part of Ghana's team.

2. Kevin-Prince Boateng

Kevin-Prince Boateng
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2. Kevin-Prince Boateng

Kevin-Prince Boateng
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Kevin-Prince Boateng is a maverick. He can be both brilliant one minute and absent the next in any given game. Ghana will be looking to him to make the difference in matches, and a stage like this will bring out the best in him. If that is the case then there's no doubt there will be moments of magic and plenty of wins for Ghana.

1. Speed Kills

Andre Ayew of Ghana
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1. Speed Kills

Andre Ayew of Ghana
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Ghana have an array of lightning quick forwards to choose from. Players like Gyan, the Ayew brothers Andre and Jordan, Christian Atsu, Majeed Waris and Mubarak Wakaso all bring scary speed to the table. As games drag on in the heat of Brazil and legs start to tire, Ghana could be deadly late on with pace from the bench.