Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Excitement Reigns Supreme in Ghana as Black Stars Play Italy this Evening



Over the past couple of weeks, many column inches have been dedicated to praising the Black Stars over their possible defeat of the Italian Azzuri in the FIFA 2006 World Cup. Considering Ghana is in the World Cup for the first time ever, pundits might speculate wrongly and dismiss the Ghanaian team as underdogs. They might just be in for a surprise--if excerpts from the article below is anything to go by:


Ghana's strong point is a solid midfield manned by captain Stephen Appiah, Chelsea star Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari, who, like Appiah knows the Italian league well.

The World Cup debutants go into the contest brimming with confidence. 'We're strong enough to reach the semi-finals,' coach Ratomir Dujkovic said.

'We're not here just to take part - we're here to succeed. Every team that plays against us must suffer if they are to beat us.'

But all the confidence doesn't stop them realistically giving the tag of favourites to Italy. 'We're not under pressure,' said Appiah.

'We've nothing to lose - we're in a World Cup for the first time, while Italy are three times champions,' said Kuffour, the long- time Bayern Munich defender who switched last year to AS Roma.




from: http://sport.monstersandcritics.com/worldcup2006/news/article_1171894.php/Totti_doubt_ahead_of_Italys_opener_against_Ghana

I am thinking that the quote for the day on my desk is very apt for today's game. Dontcha think?:-))

SITE OF THE DAY


Here is the link to the whole Ghana Black Stars squad!:-):

1 ADJEI Sammy (GK)
2 SARPEI Hans
3 GYAN Asamoah
4 KUFFOUR Samuel
5 MENSAH John
6 PAPPOE Emmanuel
7 SHILLA Illiasu
8 ESSIEN Michael
9 BOATENG Derek
10 APPIAH Stephen
11 MUNTARI Sulley
12 TACHIE-MENSAH Alex
13 MOHAMED Habib
14 AMOAH Matthew
15 PANTSIL John
16 OWU George (GK)
17 QUAYE Daniel
18 ADDO Eric
19 PIMPONG Razak
20 ADDO Otto
21 ISSAH Ahmed
22 KINGSTON Richard (GK)
23 DRAMAN Haminu
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