Lakenheath Old Boys

We are all former students at Lakenheath High School and other public schools in East Anglia. We were in school in the 70s and 80s and drank deeply from the well of British culture of those decades - the pints, the telly, and of course the footie!

Sunday, June 08, 2014

World Cup Preview - Group G - Ghana

Nickname: “The Black Stars.”

Absurd FIFA ranking: 38th

Coach: Youthful former pro James Kwesi Appiah

Game Schedule:
June 16 – Ghana vs. USA (Natal, 6:00 p.m. EST, ESPN)
June 21 – Ghana vs. Germany (Fortaleza, 3:00 p.m., ESPN)
June 26 – Ghana vs. Portugal (Brasilia, 12:00 p.m., ESPN2)

Prospects: In any other group, Ghana might be able to spring a few surprises and eject themselves into the knock-out rounds, as they did four years ago when only some audacious cheating by Luis Suarez kept them from a semi-final berth. This time around they're pitted against Germany and Portugal again but in a group of death. Add to that challenge that the core of the Ghanaian team from 2010 - Essien, Muntari, Asamoah Gyan - is still there and merely four years older, and Ghana may well struggle in the difficult conditions of the Amazon.

Key Player: Kevin Prince Boateng, now at Schalke after several successful seasons at Milan, is now at the height of his powers.

Youngster to watch: 22 year-old Marseille striker Jordan Ayew could shine if Appiah gives him a chance.

Who Will Get the Goals: Asamoah Gyan has promised his mother that he won't ever take a penalty again but he's still the Black Stars' most reliable source of goals in a 4-5-1 formation.

Who Will Get the Cards: Former Chelsea grafter Michael Essien, now at Milan, is well-schooled in the dark arts.

Prediction: No history making endeavors this time - third in the Group of Death.

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