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Black Stars 'ready to die' for Ghana

By Ramatsiyi Moholoa | Jul 01, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE will to die for Ghana has been described as a major contributor to the success of the Black Stars at the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

This is the view of various South African soccer greats, who wish that other teams on the continent could take a leaf out of the Ghanaian's book.

The Black Stars are the only African team left in the World Cup after the early elimination of Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Algeria and hosts South Africa.

Former South Africa Under-23 assistant coach Mike "Nanana" Ntombela is highly impressed with the level of commitment from the Black Stars.

"It goes without saying that Ghana came to South Africa well prepared. They did their homework, hence they are doing so well in the World Cup.

"Their technical staff have done a great a job in mixing both experience and youth.

"You can see the commitment when Ghana play, they want to die for their country and this is something lacking from the rest of the African teams.

"Ghana will not only reach the final but win the World Cup. They will definitely continue doing Africa proud on Friday by beating Uruguay to avenge the Bafana Bafana defeat."

Said Harris Choeu: "There is also an element of consistency from Ghana. They defend and attack as a team.

"Asamoah Gyan goes right at the back when Ghana are defending, but you will find him up front when it's time to launch an attack.

"When you speak to the Ghanaian players, they tell you how important it is to represent their country.

"I tip Ghana to beat Uruguay."

Former Bafana defender Edward "MaGents" Motale, pictured, said: "Ghana have always produced great players like Tony Yeboah, Abedi Pele, Frank Amankwaa and Samuel Kuffour.

"Their success in this World Cup is not surprising some of us at all because they also have great development programmes in all departments.

"I expect them not only to beat Uruguay, but to go all the way to the final."


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