WC2010 review: Ghana

Ghana were by far the best African nation at the first World Cup on the continent.

Ghana were by far the best African nation at the first World Cup on the continent.

The Black Stars were not expected to do as well as their fellow Africans Ivory Coast and Cameroon but managed to produce when it mattered and their campaign ended in the most unlucky fashion in the quarter-finals against Uruguay.

Milovan Rajevac got the best out of his squad who battled hard rather than use typical African flair and did very well in a group in which they were originally tipped to struggle to get out of.

They managed to overcome the loss of Michael Essien prior to the tournament to put up a very good showing to become the pride of Africa.

Finished: 8th
Record: Wins – 2; Draws – 1; Losses – 2; Points – 4
Matches: Serbia (0-1), Australia (1-1), Germany (0-1), RO16-USA (2-1et), QF-Uruguay (1p-1)
Goals: 5
Against: 4

tribalfootball.com’s Star Man
Asamoah Gyan (Was on a shortlist of 10 players for the World Cup Golden Ball and was arguably Ghana's best player)

Official statistics

Minutes played
Anthony Annan 510
Richard Kingson 510
John Pantsil 510
Asamoah Gyan 501
Kwadwo Asamoah 480

Top scorers
Asamoah Gyan 3
Sulley Muntari 1
Kevin-Prince Boateng 1

Total shots
Asamoah Gyan 33
Kevin-Prince Boateng 16
Kwadwo Asamoah 13

Pass Completion Rate
Anthony Annan 79%
Hans Sarpei 72%
Andre Ayew 72%
Kevin-Prince Boateng 71%

Most Fouls
Kevin-Prince Boateng 13
Andre Ayew 10
Prince Tagoe 9
John Mensah 7
Kwadwo Asamoah 7

Yellow cards
Jonathan Mensah 2
Andre Ayew 2
Lee Addy 1
Hans Sarpei 1
John Pantsil 1
Isaac Vorsah 1
Anthony Annan 1
John Mensah 1
Prince Tagoe 1

Red cards

Richard Kingson 24