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ASAMOAH GYAN

Ghana’s leader from the front, Asamoah Gyan hasn’t always had the happiest time playing for his country.

Gyan missed a crucial penalty in extra time against Uruguay that could have put the Black Stars into the 2010 World Cup semifinals. He also missed from the spot in the semifinals of the African Cup in 2012 as Ghana was eliminated.

The 28-year-old forward has taken on the captaincy and often fights a lone battle as Ghana’s solitary striker.

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KWADWO ASAMOAH

A defender or midfielder, Kwadwo Asamoah is versatile and valuable.

Asamoah plays on the left side of defense or midfield and can also operate as a central midfielder with the ability to push forward and create and score goals.

At 25, the Juventus player already has six years of experience with Ghana and six years in Serie A.

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ANDRE AYEW

The son of Abedi Pele, who is still recognized as Ghana’s best player ever, Andre Ayew comes from the closest thing to Ghanaian football royalty.

The 24-year-old winger has pace and skill and can also play as a second striker, but has sometimes been a troublesome figure in the Ghana setup.

Ayew was excluded from the squad for the last African Cup after failing to report for duty at a pre-tournament training camp. He has since made up with coach Kewsi Appiah and is one of Ghana’s most creative players.