The Ghana Football Association have announced that they will have coaches monitoring the other teams in their group
ahead of the 2010 World Cup Finals.
Quite why this is a big news story, I don't know, as I always presumed that all teams did this.
So why am I even mentioning it, you ask yourself? Well, because of this choice line from the president of the Ghana Football Association, Kwasi Nyantakyi, who said, and I quote:"At the last World Cup in Germany, we employed the services of three scouts [to monitor the tactics of other teams in their World Cup group] and the benefits were enormous."
So, let's take a quick look at the 'enormous' benefits Ghana received from this at the 2006 World Cup.
A 2-0 loss to Italy; a 2-0 loss to the Czech Republic and, oh yes, a hard fought 2-1 victory over a severely underperforming USA.
Result: knocked out in the group stages.
Personally, I'm looking forward to similar 'enormous benefits' at South Africa 2010.
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