Ghana

2006-06-01 10:59

Berlin - Thirty-two teams have qualified for the 2006 World Cup finals which take place in Germany from June 9 - July 9.

GHANA

Honours:

World Cup appearances: 0

African Nations Cup champions: 4 (1963, 1965, 1978, 1982)

Fifa world ranking: 50

Odds: 250/1

Coach: Ratomir Dujkovic

Has earned reputation as being a patron saint of lost causes during a nomadic coaching career that has taken in stints in Europe, South America, Asia and Africa.

Was appointed as Ghana boss after predecessor Mariano Barreto quit suddenly during qualifiers and nine months later was lauded as a hero after clinching the country's first ever World Cup.

Key player: Michael Essien

A dynamic box-to-box midfielder who was a figure in Lyon's rise to the top of French football before he left for English champions Chelsea in 2005.

A shocking knee-high challenge on Liverpool's Dietmar Hamann in the Champions League this season earned Essien a three-match suspension and a reputation as a brutal tackler, but he remains one of the most skilful midfielders in the world.

Squad:

Goalkeepers:

Sammy Adjei (Mohadon Sports Ashdod/ISR)), Richard Kingston (BB Ankaraspor/TUR), George Owu (AshantiGold)

Defenders:

Addoquaye Pappoe (Ashdod Tel-Aviv/ISR), John Painstil (Hapoel Tel Aviv/ISR), John Mensah (Rennes/FRA), Issa Ahmed (Randers/DEN), Sammy Osei Kuffuor (AS Roma/ITA), Hans Adu Sarpei (Vfl Wolfsburg/GER), Dan Quaye (Hearts of Oak), Habib Mohammed (King Faisal), Shilla Illiasu (Asante Kotoko)

Midfielders:

Stephen Appiah (Fenerbahce/TUR), Michael Essien (Chelsea/ENG), Sulley Ali Muntari (Udinese/ITA), Haminu Dramani (Red Star Belgrade/SEM), Eric Addo (PSV Eindhoven/NED) Derek Boateng (AIK Solna/SWE), Otto Addo (FSV Mainz 05/GER)

Forwards:

Asamoah Gyan (Modena/ITA), Matthew Amoah (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Razak Pimpong (FC Copenhagen/DEN), Alex Tachie-Mensah (St. Gallen/SUI)

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