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Despite impressive performances in the past years, the squad failed to make it to the World Cup finals until 2006. After beating Cape Verde 4-0, they also beat South Africa twice to secure a place in Germany this year.

india Updated: May 31, 2006 17:34 IST

FIFA world ranking 50
Coach Ratomir Dujkovic
Group E Czech Republic, Ghana, Italy, USA
Previous appearances N/A
Key player Michael Essien
Odds 250/1

With a talented, fresh squad Ghana will make their debut in World Cup soccer this year. The team that boasts of impressive performances in the past years had been unable to secure a place until 2006.

Beating Cape Verde 4-0 in the qualifying match was another feather in Ghana's cap who also beat South Africa twice to reach Germany this year.

Michael Essien, the most expensive player ever to emerge from Africa is the only known player in the team. Yet, expectations are soaring to see a good performance by the squad.


Goalkeepers: Adjei Sammy, Owu George, Kingston Richard

Defenders: Sarpei Hans, Kuffour Samuel, Mensah John, Pappoe Emmanuel, Shilla Illiasu, Mohamed Habib, Pantsil John, Quaye Daniel, Ahmed Issah

Midfielders: Essien Michael, Boateng Derek, Appiah Stephen, Muntari Sulley, Addo Eric, Addo Otto, Dramani Haminu

Forwards: Gyan Asamoah, Tachie-Mensah Alex, Amoah Matthew, Pimpong Razak.

First Published: May 25, 2006 19:17 IST