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29.06.2006 General News

Owusu expects Ghana exodus

By myjoyonline
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Brentford striker Lloyd Owusu believes that Ghana's success at the World Cup could result in a number of the squad earning a move to England.

The Bees hit-man missed out on Ratomir Dujkovic's squad due to an injury sustained in a warm-up friendly in April, but has been cheering on The Black Stars as a spectator.

Ghana did superbly to finish second behind Italy in Group B, and their reward has been a last 16 clash with reigning champions Brazil.

Irrespective of the result against the Samba stars, Ghana will have had a productive tournament with players such as striker Asamoah Gyan catching the eye.

Udinese team-mate Sulley Muntari has already indicated he is keen on a switch to Manchester United, and Owusu would not be surprised to see some of his countrymen move to England following their heroics.

"Without a doubt the way the boys played has now put Ghana back on the map," Owusu told Sky Sports News.

"Many years ago Ghana were very good but over the last four to five years it went a bit quiet.

"What they've done now in the World Cup is a lot of boys have done well individually and they will probably get a lot of contracts over in Europe and hopefully in England as well."

Owusu is also keen for Ghana, who were the only African team to reach the second round, to emerge as the continent's superpower in the near future.

"Before it was the likes of Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal and now it's about time for someone else to take over and hopefully Ghana can now do it in the coming years," Owusu added.

The striker could have been one of the players helping to raise the profile of Ghana, but he suffered a cruel blow when sustaining a groin injury in a friendly against Stuttgart in April.

Now Owusu is hoping to build on the 12 goals he scored last season and restate his claim for international recognition.

"It's a bit frustrating, everyone I know said I would have been in the squad but for the injury.

"At the end of the day that's life, I've got to get fit, get back to my club football, hopefully play well and you never know in future other things may come."

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