While Ghana is still celebrating its qualification for the World Cup in Qatar, the groups for the 22nd World Cup have already been drawn on Friday 1st of April. There will be many exciting and high-class duels such as Spain vs. Germany or France vs. Denmark.
The Black Stars of Ghana have been drawn into Group H by legendary Serbian coach Bora Milutinovic. There, Ghana will meet the teams from Portugal, Uruguay and Korea – a very difficult group for the team around captain Thomas Partey.
The first match for the Black Stars is on the 24th of November
The Black Stars will start the tournament on Thursday, 24 November. The opponent is none other than the star ensemble from Portugal with its famous players Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandez, Diogo Jota, Bernardo Silva and Joao Felix. That’s a lot of offensive power that Ghana will have to stop. But they have already proved that they can do that against Viktor Osimhen and his attacking colleagues from Nigeria.
In their 2nd group game, they face South Korea and the great Heung-Min Son on 28 November. However, this is a game in which Ghana absolutely must score, and they can.
Ghana can take avenge against Uruguay
In their last match on the 2nd of December, Ghana awaits the South American team from Uruguay and their star striker Edinson Cavani of Manchester United. Ghana has a known history with Uruguay: in 2010, the two teams met in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in South Africa. It is unforgettable how Luis Suarez prevented a clear scoring chance for the Black Stars with his hands in extra time and Asamoah Gyan missed the subsequent penalty kick.
Watch Luis Suarez’s moment of madness in the 2010 WC Quarterfinals here.
Of course, Ghana is an outsider in the group. Many bookmakers have already published their odds, according to which there are odds of 12.00 for Ghana to win the group, the same odds that South Korea receives. The bookmakers’ favourite to win the group is of course Portugal with odds of 1.66, Uruguay is at 3.00.
The other African teams also have difficult groups. The reigning African champions Senegal face the secret favourites from the Netherlands, the South American surprise team Ecuador and the hosts from Qatar.
Senegal faces the Netherlands
Tunisia play in a group with France, Denmark and the winner of the match between the United Arab Emirates and Australia and Peru.
Morocco will face the strong Belgians and reigning runners-up Croatia, as well as Canada, who are taking part in a World Cup for the first time since 1986.
Finally, Cameroon will face Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia. All three teams have already met at the 2018 World Cup.
Ghana tries to get Otto Addo as a coach
Who will coach the Ghanaian team in November is still uncertain. However, there are voices that bring Otto Addo’s name into play after he led the Black Stars to the surprising qualification victory against Nigeria. But Otto Addo is still working for Borussia Dortmund. Talks with the Borussia officials will start soon.
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