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Soccer News of Tuesday, 15 January 2002

Source: DS

African Nations Cup factfile for Ghana

Factfile for African Nations Cup Group B contenders Ghana:
Qualifying results
Preliminary round - bye.
Mini-league - Lesotho 3-1 home, 3-3 away, Zimbabwe 4-1 2-1, Democratic Republic of Congo 3-0 1-2

Scorers:
3 - Charles Amoah, Stephen Appiah, 2 - Charles Allotey, Nana Duah, 1 - Charles Akonnor, Kwame Ayew, Isaac Boakye, Emmanuel Duah, Baffour Gyan, Princeton Owusu

Fixtures
Jan 21 - Morocco, Segou, Jan 24 - South Africa, Segou, Jan 30 - Burkina Faso, Mopti

Squad
Goalkeepers: 12. Sammy Adjei and 1. James Nanor (Hearts of Oak), 22. Abubakari Kankani (Ghapoha)

Defenders: 19. Kofi Amponsah (PAOK Salonika/Gre), 14. George Blay (Standard Liege/Bel), 2. Mohamed Hamza (Real Tamale Utd), 4. Samuel Kuffour (Bayern Munich/Ger), 5. John Mensah (Genoa/Ita), 6. Amankwah Mireku (Hearts), 15. Princeton Owusu-Ansah (Obuasi Goldfields), 21. John Pantsil (Berekum Arsenal)

Midfielders: 7. Matthew Amoah (Vitesse Arnhem/Ned), 9. Prince Amoako (Saturn/Rus), 16. Emmanuel Duah (Uniao Leiria/Por), 8. Michael Essien (Bastia/Fra), 20. Razak Ibrahim (Empoli/Ita), 3. Emmanuel Osei Kuffour (Hearts)

Strikers: 18. Ishmael Addo (Hearts), 13. Isaac Boakye (Goldfields), 10. Dereck Boateng (Panathinaikos/Gre), 17. Baffour Gyan (Slovan Liberec/Cze), 11. Alex Techie-Mensah (Neuchatel Xamax/Swi)

Coach: Fred Osam-Duodo

Rankings
Africa - 9, world - 59

Nickname: The Black Stars

Previous cup appearances
1963 - winners, 1965 - winners, 1968 - runners-up, 1970 - runners-up, 1978 - winners, 1980 - first round, 1982 - winners, 1984 - first round, 1992 - runners-up, 1994 - quarter-finals, 1996 - fourth, 1998 - first round, 2000 - quarter-finals

Cup record
P53 W30 D11 L12 F76 A46

Biggest wins
1965 - DR Congo 5-2 and Ivory Coast 4-1
1963 - Sudan 3-0
1978 - Burkina Faso 3-0

Heaviest loss
1996 - South Africa 0-3



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