<b>GROUP D</b><br/>
<b>Ghana</b><br/>
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<b>Best Performance:</b> Champion in 1963, 1965, 1978, 1982.
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<b>Key Player:</b> Sulley Muntari, midfielder; Andre Ayew, winger; Asamoah Gyan, striker (pictured).
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<b>Coach:</b> Goran Stevanovic (Serbia).
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<b>FIFA Ranking:</b> No. 29.
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<b>Nickname:</b> Black Stars.
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The most successful team at the tournament in Egypt and Cameroon's absence. Expects to end a 30-year title drought despite missing Michael Essien and Kevin Prince Boateng. Ivory Coast is favored but Ghana was third and second in the last two African Cups and was also a World Cup quarterfinalist.

Al Ain seeking permanent deal for Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan's permanent departure from Sunderland looks more likely after Al Ain chief executive Carlo Nohra claimed he was "very confident" of signing the striker on a new deal.

Mask in glory: Nicklas Bendtner grabs the winner during a scrappy contest

On-loan striker Nicklas Bendtner coy on Sunderland future

Striker Nicklas Bendtner has admitted he may not stay at Sunderland even if he is offered the opportunity.

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo enjoys the defeat of Napoli with Didier Drogba

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<b>Asamoah Gyan - Summer 2010</b><br/>
Sunderland showed their ambition when they signed one of the stars of that summer's World Cup by bringing in Asamoah Gyan from Rennes for a fee in excess of £13m. Unfortunately for the Black Cats, just over a year later the striker was lured by the riches being offered by Emirati club Al Ain.

Sunderland receive bid for striker Asamoah Gyan

Sunderland have received a bid from a Qatari club for striker Asamoah Gyan.

Craig Gardner, left, said he had found it hard to settle in the North-east

Gardner vows he has settled at Sunderland after months of speculation

The Sunderland midfielder Craig Gardner has insisted he is happy on Wearside after months of speculation that he could leave the club.

Reading manager Brian McDermott

Wolves manager hunt continues following set backs

Wolves continue to be frustrated in their bid to replace sacked manager Mick McCarthy with hopes of securing the services of Alan Curbishley and Brian McDermott having faded, Press Association Sport understands.

Reading manager Brian McDermott

Reading manager Brian McDermott enters Wolves fray

Wolves are eyeing Reading boss Brian McDermott as a leading candidate to replace sacked manager Mick McCarthy in a change of direction by the Barclays Premier League club, Press Association Sport understands.

Sunderland winger James McClean receives Ireland call-up

Sunderland winger James McClean has been called into the Republic of Ireland squad for the friendly clash with the Czech Republic later this month.

Bruce makes pitch for Wolves post

Chief executive Jez Moxey is confident that Wolves will appoint a new manager to replace sacked Mick McCarthy before they play Newcastle on 25 February.

Wolves’ good housekeeping has made life difficult on the pitch for manager Mick McCarthy

Kevin Doyle 'always respected' Mick McCarthy

Striker Kevin Doyle insists he never lost respect for sacked Wolves boss Mick McCarthy even though he was ousted as the club's first-choice striker by Steven Fletcher.

<b>ALAN CURBISHLEY</b><br/>
Built his reputation with Charlton over more than a decade in the top flight and also had a spell in charge at West Ham but been out of management in recent seasons. Has said he will talk to Wolves boss Steve Morgan if he gets the call.

Wolves set to interview Alan Curbishley

The managerial vacancy at Wolves is a role that finally whetted the appetite of Alan Curbishley, according to his agent.

There is something slightly unsettling about Steve Kean going all gooey in public about the fact Sir Alex Ferguson rang the Blackburn manager to offer him support

Black joins Kean's relegation battle at Rovers

Eric Black has been confirmed as Steve Kean's new assistant head coach at Blackburn Rovers.

<b>Chris Samba</b><br/>
While Blackburn struggle this season both on and off the pitch, one of the few positives at Ewood Park has been the performances of central defender Chris Samba. The Congolese has been a rock at the back for Rovers and is easily Blackburn's most saleable asset. With the club reportedly in dire financial trouble they must be tempted to cash in, although it's rumoured they've put a price tag of £15m on his head. That's unrealistic, but so is the bid of £5m they received recently from QPR. Somewhere between the two could see the 27-year-old move, and with Redknapp a confirmed admirer, it could be to White Hart Lane.

Steve Kean reiterates Blackburn defender Chris Samba is not for sale

Blackburn manager Steve Kean has reiterated his stance that Chris Samba is not for sale and he hopes the defender will be available for selection next weekend.

Sunderland’s Sebastian Larsson pursues Peterborough’s Tommy Rowe yesterday

O'Neill's impact obvious as Sunderland shine

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