Ghana qualified for their first FIFA World Cup four years ago, coming from behind in a group that included South Africa to snatch top place. For the 2010 finals, they qualified without any notable problems, much to the delight of highly-rated striker Asamoah Gyan.
â€œWe did great the second time round,â€ the Stade Rennais striker told said. â€œThe first time was quite complicated but now weâ€™ve reached the finals without losing a game in the final round of qualifiers. So itâ€™s been more satisfying for us, although it wasnâ€™t easy. Itâ€™s a great achievement.
â€œOn paper Mali were one of the favourites because they have so many good players but we beat them 2-0 away with almost a second team because we had so many injuries.
â€œIndividually we have a good team and I think we are also united and we are ready to face anyone who we meet. Players like Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari and John Mensah, these are guys who are world class. We have a good team and we are ready to show the world what we can do for the second time,â€ continued Gyan.â€œI canâ€™t predict where weâ€™ll finish, but if everything goes well, if we concentrate, I think we are going to have a great World Cup.â€