FIFA World Cup 2010 Odds: Ghana Preview

FIFA World Cup 2010 Odds – Ghana Preview: The pressure is on for an African team to produce a serious contender that can run deep into the tournament, especially since an African nation is hosting the World Cup finals. So why not Ghana? Listed at 66-to-1 odds (+6600) by oddsmakers, Ghana is the best lined team in the finals from the African continent. Cameroon are Nigeria are equally listed second best at 100-to-1 followed by host South Africa (150-to-1).

FIFA World Cup 2010 Odds: Ghana PreviewGhana, also known as the Black Stars, is coached by Milovan Rajevac, a former defender that played his career in Yugoslavia. This Serbian is best known for a brief coaching stint with Red Star Belgrade.

Although Ghana lack the attacking firepower of many African sides, they rely most prominently on a world class midfield led by Michael Essien. The Chelsea man usually pairs with Sulley Muntari and captain Stephen Appiah to form a formidable engine room capable of both stifling attacks and creating them. Two of the trio Asamoah Gyan, Junior Agogo and Matthew Amoah usually operate in attack, while the England-based duo of John Mensah and John Paintsil keep the back tight in front of another Premier League player, goalkeeper Richard Kingson.

One-season wonder fans will be forever grateful to this team for Tony Yeboah.  The loss of Michael Essien will be a significant blow, but Asamoah Gyan provides a breakaway threat for a solid defensive team.

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