African Stars: Ghana & Tunisia
Ghana is another first time World Cup qualifier who will make their debut at the FIFA 2006 World Cup finals in Germany after topping their African qualifying group ahead of South Africa who will host the FIFA 2010 World Cup Finals.
59-year-old Serbian Ratomir Dujkovic who led Rwanda to their first appearance at the African Nations Cup finals in 2004 coaches the Ghanaians.
The Black Stars will be making up the numbers at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Finals in Germany with the team lacking in class to cause any major upset. Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien is the most expensive player in the history of African football but he will do no more than merely anchor the midfield.
While Ghana will add some colour to the World Cup finals they simply lack the quality to make their presence felt.
Tunisia will make their fourth appearance on the world stage at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Finals in Germany this summer. The North African nation holds the distinction of being the first African nation to win a game at the World Cup Finals after defeating Mexico 3-1 in 1978.
In two subsequent FIFA World Cup Finals appearances, Tunisia has only managed two draws to go with four loses and early flights home.
Former French national coach Roger Lemerre (who has written this superb Playtech software review) guided the Cup of Nations champions to a place in the final 32 at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Finals after they earned a 2-2 draw in the final qualifying game against Morocco.
Tunisia is the only African nation to survive from the 2002 World Cup Finals in Korea/Japan. An even team with no star players, Lemerre has given them direction and discipline that will go a long way to posting a long overdue second win at the World Cup Finals.