Africa Cup of Nations 2012: Ghana Will Use World Cup Experience to Win Trophy

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIJanuary 22, 2012

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 23:  Andre Ayew (L) and John Pantsil of Ghana celebrate with a national flag having qualified for the next round, despite losing the match, during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group D match between Ghana and Germany at Soccer City Stadium on June 23, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
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Ghana is flying under the radar in the Africa Cup of Nations and I’m not sure why. The Ivory Coast is the favorite, and rightfully so, but don’t forget about the Black Stars.

Their World Cup experience will help them win a major trophy for the first time in two decades.

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20: Asamoah Gyan of Sunderland in action with Jonas Gutierrez of Newcastle United during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Newcastle United at Stadium of Light on August 20, 2011 in Sunderland, England.
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Ghana finished seventh in the 2010 World Cup. They displayed wins over the United States in the round of 16 before losing to Uruguay in the quarterfinals.

That experience of winning in the biggest competition will do wonders for their confidence in the Africa Cup of Nations. If they can hang with the best teams in the world then they can certainly hang with the best of Africa.

Asamoah Gyan will be fit to play for Ghana, and that will be a major boost to the Black Stars. He has seen success for Sunderland in his time in the English Premier League. His crafty pace and explosive quickness will give Ghana another boost on their front line.

Andre Ayew is another player to watch out for. He is the son of Ghana great Abedi Pele; he has a ton of game. He played a major role in their 2009 World Cup under-20’s team.

Ivory Coast is the “hot” selection to win the tournament given their explosive scoring threat of Didier Drogba, Gervinho and others, but don’t sleep on Ghana. They proved in 2010 that they can hang with the best in the world. There is no reason why they couldn’t win their first major trophy in years.