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Ex-Dutch star Ruud Gullit tips Ghana to progress from World Cup Group stage

Published on: 15 March 2014

By Rahman Osman

Ex-Holland international Ruud Gullit has tipped Ghana to reach the knockout stages of the 2014 World Cup finals Brazil.

The former AC Milan and Chelsea star believes the Black Stars can pick one of the two qualifying spots from Group G which contains Portugal, Germany and USA.

Ghana are only the third African team after Cameroon and Senegal to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

The Black Stars were denied a place in the last four only by the skin of the teeth after Gyan missed a late penalty to send Ghana through in South Africa four years ago.

"I have been monitoring the development of Ghana and other African countries like The Nigerians and the Ivory Coast and I see them getting into the knock out stage of the World Cup," Gullit said at a Uefa champions league promotion tour during the week.

" I enjoy watching Ghana play at the World Cup and I think they have enough ammunition to tackle any opponent.”

"The weather condition in Brazil will favor the Africans and that could be a key factor.

"European teams have never won the World Cup in South American soil so that is a plus for the Africans.”

Ghana begin their campaign against USA on 16 June in Natal before matches against Germany and Portugal.


This article has 16 comment(s), give your comment
  • aberico says:
    March 15, 2014 01:45 pm
    Ruud,u hav a point there, n ur support n wish for Ghana's progression is laudable. But if Ghana dare to go to the wordcup with $20million tax payers money when there is massive economic hardship n suffering in the country, n the players are even unpatriotic charging their own country for appearance fee of $100,000,then I'm sorry to say Ghana will reach no where. They ll be eliminated in the first round.
  • John says:
    March 15, 2014 02:20 pm
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    March 15, 2014 02:52 pm
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  • access says:
    March 15, 2014 03:22 pm
    Ghana will be the last African team standing....The name Ghana means the warrior king....Ghana will deliver the world cup for Africa....Ghana vs Brazil at the finals ..Ghana 6 Brazil 4....
  • rastee says:
    March 15, 2014 03:43 pm
    @ access I like wat u said. May ur dream come true
  • musah fifa says:
    March 15, 2014 03:56 pm
    Amen,we hope so and we should pray hard, with prayers it will be posible, why not?
  • Mumbi says:
    March 15, 2014 04:10 pm
    Truth still stands firm that, Ghana will lose all 3 group games. The only suprise ghana can cause in Brazil is a draw against USA then return back to ghana in shame with one point. Ghana is the most usless team in that group with usless technical bench spending sleepless nights in the graves 4 rituals inside of preparing. Portugal Will do to u morethan what they did to cameroun in friendly while Usa shall also show u that Montenegro was just watching how urgly u look like baboons.
  • spellBOUND says:
    March 15, 2014 04:25 pm
    zambia's first HE-GOAT!
  • Adebayo says:
    March 15, 2014 04:29 pm
    Coach Appiah needs to make a good selection! The weak point of the team right now is the defense! I think Appiah should take a look at Schlupp again. His speed and versatility makes him a pearl for any team. He will surely give some measure of stability at the left back position! Give him a chance!
  • banger says:
    March 15, 2014 04:38 pm
    Mumbi i gues u lookin for attention ha.lean how to brush that yellow teeth of yours before u go to that village cafe.durin the wcup u will be watchin gh kick azz on your 15in black n white tv at the village u live.monkeys like u come here and talk shit.jealousy will kill u.durin the worldcup your country will lean how football is played,
  • Jibrin Mohammed Muntaka says:
    March 15, 2014 04:49 pm
    Mumbi,you are entitled to ur Opion.Well said but remember what happened on that Sallah Day Against Egypt in Kumasi.There were so many antiGhana comments like this one in the build up to d game but they did very little to deter the Black Stars as they went ahead to win 6-1.We need more of such comments as it will help keep the Black Stars on their toes.More grease to ur elbows
  • Wuatoto MaddDogg says:
    March 15, 2014 05:26 pm
    I Guess Ruud must been smoking some weed these days so am not surprised may be wha' he doesn't know is the USA do have a good tournament outside Europe when a World Cup is played outside of Europe trust the USMNT to always get out of the group y'all go check it up for yourselves ghanaians
  • selfmade says:
    March 15, 2014 07:55 pm
    We have to fix our defence otherwise we ll be disgrace at the WC! This defence is not WC defence! I can see total annihilation of our beloved team if we take this problematic and leak defence to the WC! John boye, akaminko, Jonathan mensah etc are too shaky and they easily break down under lil pressure! We can only advance if we have solid backline but from what am observing, we are mostly heading for a disaster!!
  • selfmade says:
    March 15, 2014 08:13 pm
    From now till June, we have to fix our defence and all hands should be deck otherwise we ll be disgraced at the WC! A lot of teams don't usually joke at the WC and we have all witness how teams like Germany, Brazil, Argentina walloped teams in the WC if u loose guard!! Brazil beat north Korea by 8 goals to nil! Germany totally annihilated China by 8 goals too and Dr Congo was totally massacred by yugoslavia by 9 goals to nothing!! The likes of Germany and Portugal don't joke when they get weak defences!! Germany in particular always reserved their best for tournaments and we have to be careful with this weak defence of ours!! John boye is a good central defender but he has poor awareness and always break down with lil pressure! Jonathan mensah is good too but he lacks concentration and he performs awesomely when paired with experience defender! Akaminko is picking up but sometimes unreliable!! We have to fix this tatter defence to avoid embarrassment!!
  • Adebayo says:
    March 15, 2014 09:04 pm
    Someone needs to ask Appiah to take a serious look at Jeff Schlupp. I watched him at left back today and he made such a difference. The fact that he has a striker's background makes him very dangerous going forward. He is powerful in the air, speedy and skillful on the ball.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    March 15, 2014 10:40 pm
    mumbi am warning u oo..