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Ghana midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu has increased his chances of a place in Ghana’s World Cup squad after scoring a spectacular goal against Hellas Verona on Saturday.
The 24-year-old came off the bench to steal the headlines after Udinese found themselves 2-0 down in the match, only for the super sub to produce a sublime finish in injury-time to send his side away with a point after Antonio Di Natale had nicked a goal back beforehand.
Agyemang-Badu, who is not really known for his goal-scoring prowess, has been a regular in the side since moving to the club in 2010 and has made over 60 appearances for the Little Zebras.
The midfielder is widely expected to be included in the Ghana squad for the World Cup in Brazil and the former Berekum Arsenal player admitted that he is working hard leading up to the tournament.
“Scoring is important for me and for the team. I think to train and grow. Now I think at Sampdoria and then we go to the World, to do well in a very difficult group,” he said.
Ghana are facing arguably one of the toughest groups at the World Cup as they face Germany, Portugal and the United States in Group G.
The Black Stars, who enjoyed a successful run to the quarter-final stage in South Africa four years ago before being knocked out in controversial circumstances by Uruguay on penalties, are priced at 10.00 to make it to the same stage again in Brazil, whilst they are less fancied at 31.00 to make it into the semis.