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This observation is a little harsh, and perhaps it’s too soon to say that Ghana are characterless. It’s perhaps not the right word, or perhaps not the most refined of sentiments. Johnny Paintsil has certainly won many admirers in the past with his flag waving antics, while the stories of Albert Adomah and goalscorer Mubarak Wakaso are both endearing and engrossing.
However, it’s hard to enjoy these contemporary Black Stars as much as their performances have been relished in years past. Even though Baby Jet Asamoah Gyan is there, his entourage are a bunch far less vivid and engaging than they have been in the past.
What a price to pay to enjoy the bustling, bruising powers of the Bison Michael Essien, who just having turned 30, should be in his prime? The talents of Sulley Muntari and "The Tornado" Stephen Appiah, so dynamic and potent when in their stride, are also gone from this squad whilst Kevin-Prince Boateng, Ghana’s highest profile star, is also absent after declaring his international retirement at the age of 24.
As if this quartet of absentees wasn’t enough, the Ayew brothers, André and Jordan, two men who appeared poised to declare themselves as stars at this stage, haven’t made the squad. The tournament, which is struggling to spark to full-paced fury, would be so much more the spectacle with characters such as these participating.
Still, perhaps over the course of time, maybe even over the course of this tournament, some among these new look Black Stars will emerge as new stars, new idols, new characters for a nation that seems to produce them so easily.
Ed is Bleacher Report's African Football Expert, you can follow him @Eddydove