Friday, 16 April 2010

GHANA

THEY ARE:
“one of Africa’s most stable democracies and thriving economies.”

AS A FOOTBALL NATION:
They are actually quite fancied as being a bit tasty these days as part of the new generation of African footballing nations along with the Ivory Coast. They have won the African Cup Of Nations four times and were finalists this year where they lost 1-0 to Egypt. On the way to the final they defeated Nigeria but earlier in the tournament they lost to the Ivory Coast in the group stages when they were in the unfortunate same group as Togo. This is their second appearance at the World Cup finals, the first time being four years ago when they went out in the knock out stage to Brazil.

MY OWN EXPERIENCE:
They made their World Cup debut at the 2006 finals in Germany where they made a respectable debut by beating the Czech Republic and USA scoring a memorable smash mouth goal against the Americans.

IN 2010:
They hold a more than fighting chance of getting through Group D and into the knock out stages. Earlier this year people were talking about them possibly becoming the first African nation to win the World Cup but such voices of pundit have since sobered up. The unfortunate loss of Michael Essien to injury severely hinders their chances.

FAMOUS PLAYERS:
Michael Essien and the incredibly annoying Kevin-Prince Boateng.

MOST OBVIOUS REFERENCE:
Dance and crazy textiles.

AWAY FROM FOOTBALL:
The Girl at work recently did three weeks of teaching out there. She had a great time but really teacher material she is not.

NUMBER OF PEOPLE FROM GHANA THAT I KNOW:
I used to work with a lady called Victoria from Ghana. She was batshit crazy.

QUOTE FROM A GHANIAN:
The last text message I received from Victoria was: “I like u too darling.”

DO I LIKE THEM:
As with all African nations I like them until England has to play them at which point in my mind they begin to pose a genuine/serious threat.

FINAL COMMENT:
Thanks to Ghana for their infinite “gonna” jokes.

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