2010 FIFA World Cup: Ghana Poised To Progress Furthest Out Of Africans

Ieuan BeynonCorrespondent IIIJune 13, 2010

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 13:  Asamoah Gyan of Ghana (L) dances with teammate Anthony Annan after victory in the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group D match between Serbia and Ghana at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on June 13, 2010 in Pretoria, South Africa.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Pretoria SA - Ghana opened their World Cup campaign against Serbia this afternoon, in what would probably end up, being the most important match in Group D.

With the Germans overwhelming favourites to top the group, whoever came out of today's clash between the Ghanaian's and the Serb's, would be in pole position to challenge them for top spot.

Ghana were victorious against a very disappointing Serbian outfit. An Asamoah Gyan penalty in the 85th minute was enough the give The Black Stars a slender victory.

The same player almost doubled their advantage in stoppage time, but was unlucky to see his shot come back of the post.

Despite the highly-fancied Serbia side failing to deliver, Ghana did enough to suggest that they could be the strongest out of the African nations.

Even without inspirational captain Michael Essien, the Ghanaians have strength in depth, with former superstars Stephen Appiah and Sulley Muntari, having to settle with a place on the bench.

After a successful Africa Nations Cup in Angola-where they finished runners-up to Eygpt with a depleted side- and with the a number of players graduating from the Under-20 squad, who were crowned Word Champions in Egypt last year.

The side is full of confidence at the moment, and this was evident in spells of their play against Serbia.

They keep the ball quite well, and unlike African teams of the past they seem happy to sit back and soak up pressure, they have the pace and the players to effectively a counter-attacking football.

Two player that stood out today though are relative newcomers to the squad.

Kevin Prince-Boateng - Was only called into the squad on the stroke of the finals, the Portsmouth midfielder was once considered a player with world-class pontential. He has speed, skill and is an eccentric talent. He was excellent against Serbia, running freely at the defence and providing an outlet with his pace.

Prince Tagoe - Recalled into the squad after a success full return to fitness. Had his contract terminated with German Hoffenheim, after it was found out he had a rare heart condition. He fought decision and was reinstated. A strong player, who is also blessed with good pace and has knack of scoring goals.

So the Prince's shone, on a day where The Black Stars put their selves in prime position to reach the next stage.