Africa Cup of Nations 2012 TV Schedule: Ghana Is Must-See After World Cup Run

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 21, 2012

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 26:  The Ghana team huddle ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between USA and Ghana at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on June 26, 2010 in Rustenburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Everybody remembers where they where when the Ghana national team made their way into the quarterfinals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

They caught the attention of the soccer world and the hearts of fans with their athletic play and big-time win over a United States team that had aspirations of winning the whole thing.

Okay, maybe everybody doesn't remember it, because let's face it—soccer still hasn't caught on here in the U.S as much as we would have liked it to.

If you don't remember, though, let me give you a refresher. The United States came into the game feeling confident and ready to go, but Ghana was equally as confident and really stood out as an athletic and young team.

The two teams fought to a 1-1 tie, but Ghana's Asamoah Gyan knocked one in three minutes into overtime to advance past the Americans in an exhilarating win for the hometown favorites.

This is that same exciting Ghana team as it was back then, but as Mark Lomas of ESPN writes, they are much more powerful:

Back in 2010, it was a Ghana team packed with youth that enjoyed such a memorable year, but those players have further matured both physically and mentally since then, and Ghana can now boast a powerful side, teeming with technique and experience of some of Europe's biggest leagues. The Black Stars were also handed a major boost a week before the tournament with the return to fitness of World Cup star Asamoah Gyan, the iconic Al Ain frontman nursed back to health by the healing hands of renowned Serbian alternative therapist Mariana Kovacevic and her horse-placenta inspired treatment.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 7: Asamoah Gyan of Ghana poses for pictures during the Puma 2012 African Football Kit Launch at the Design Museum on 7 November 2011 in London, England, Each kit is designed by a renowned artist from each nation sourced through
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I expect that this is going to be a team to be reckoned with at Africa Cup Of Nations 2012, and I wouldn't be surprised if they are the last team left standing when all is said and done.

They have the World Cup experience under their belt, plus a bevy of very talented players, including aforementioned Gyan.

This is a must-see team that has a bright future ahead of them. 


Day/Time ET Team v Team Stage Watch
 1-21 / 1:30 p.m.  Equa. Guinea  v  Libya  Group A  Link
 1-21 / 4 p.m  Senegal  v  Zambia  Group A  Link
 1-22 / 11 a.m.  Ivory Coast  v   Sudan   Group B   Link
 1-22 / 2 p.m.  Burkina Faso  v  Angola  Group B  Link
 1-23 / 11 a.m.  Gabon  v  Niger  Group C  Link
 1-23 / 2 p.m.  Morocco  v  Tunisia  Group C  Link
 1-24 / 11 a.m.  Ghana  v  Botswana  Group D  Link
 1-24 / 2 p.m.  Mali  v  Guinea  Group D  Link
 1-25 / 11 a.m.  Libya  v  Zambia  Group A  Link
 1-25 / 2. p.m.  Equa. Guinea  v  Senegal  Group A  Link
 1-26 / 11 a.m.  Sudan  v  Angola  Group B  Link
 1-26 / 2 p.m.   Ivory Coast   v  B. Faso  Group B  Link
 1-27 / 11 a.m.   Niger  v  Tunisia  Group C  Link
 1-27 / 2 p.m.  Gabon  v  Morocco  Group C  Link
 1-28 / 11 a.m.   Botswana  v  Guinea  Group D  Link
 1-28 / 2 p.m.  Ghana  v  Mali  Group D  Link
 1-29 / 1 p.m.  Equa. Guinea  v  Zambia  Group A  Link
 1-29 / 1 p.m.  Libya  v  Senegal   Group A  Link
 1-30 / 1 p.m.  Ivory Coast  v  Angola  Group B  Link
 1-30 / 1 p.m.  Sudan  v  B. Faso  Group B  Link
 1-31 / 1 p.m.  Gabon  v  Tunisia  Group C  Link
 1-31 / 1 p.m.  Niger  v  Morocco  Group C  Link
 2-1 / 1 p.m.  Botswana  v  Mali  Group D  Link
 2-1 / 1 p.m.  Ghana  v  Guinea   Group D  Link
 2-4 / 11 a.m.  A Winner  v  2B  Quarters  Link
 2-4 / 2 p.m.  B Winner  v  2A  Quarters  Link
 2-5 / 11 a.m.  C Winner  v  2D   Quarters  Link
 2-5 / 2 p.m.  D Winner  v  2C  Quarters  Link
 2-8 / 11 a.m.  TBD  v  TBD  Semis  Link
 2-8 / 2 p.m.  TBD  v  TBD  Semis  Link
 2-11 / 2 p.m.  TBD  v  TBD  3rd  Link
 2-12 / 2 p.m  SF 1 Win  v  SF 2 Win  Final  Link 

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