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George Dohrmann
May 29, 2010
THE BLACK STARS WERE PERCEIVED TO BE A WIDE-EYED GROUP AT THEIR FIRST WORLD CUP, IN GERMANY IN 2006. THOUGH THEY ADVANCED TO THE SECOND ROUND, THE 3-0 DRUBBING THEY took at the feet of Brazil left the impression that Ghana had a long way to go to before it could compete with the traditional powers.
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On one hand, Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac has the essential ingredient needed for a World Cup run: veterans such as Essien, Muntari, Appiah and Pantsil. But given the team's inability to finish consistently and its lack of depth, at least a few of the Black Stars' youngest players will have to deliver for Ghana to attain its goal of reaching the quarterfinals. It may be a lot to ask of youngsters such as Adiyiah, Agyemang-Badu, Annan and Inkoom to play major roles against Germany or another top country, but with their talent, the Black Stars may get enough from them to advance out of group play as they did in 2006. Anything beyond that will be up to the stars.

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