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Black Stars no more World Cup underdogs - Gyan

Asamoah Gyan 10.06Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan says Ghana is not likely to retain her “underdogs” status at the World Cup in Brazil next year, and that would mean no side is going to underrate the Ghanaians.

It also imposes a lot more work on the enterprising Black Stars to work their way out of the group stage to attempt a repeat of their gallant exploits at the last edition of the tournament in South Africa which suffered an ‘unjust’ quarter final exit courtesy a Louis Suarez last gap handball salvation for his side, Uruguay.

Ghana was on the verge of making history as the first African side to reach the semi-finals when Suarez applied the injury time brakes. The incident and events immediately thereafter, broke the heart of the entire continent.

When asked if he was able to promise a medal zone berth for the Stars, an extremely cautious Asamoah Gyan, who marks his 28th birthday Friday, told Kwami Sefa Kayi on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo programme that Ghana’s opponents will be on the lookout.

Ghana now commands some high level respect, he said, pointing out that events on the ground in Brazil will determine what the team will be capable of. But everything is possible in football, he counselled, and said the foremost task would be for the Stars to work their way out of the groups.

While leadership will come from manager Kwasi Appiah and his lieutenants, Gyan said he and his colleagues are ready to support and follow through preparation for the games.

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