Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 2/5/13
Over the past decade a clear template has emerged for success at the Cup of Nations. When Egypt won three tournaments in a row with a squad drawn almost entirely from the domestic league, it was assumed that it was simply benefiting from a fine generation of players, but other teams have begun to have success with a similar model. Stars are out and discipline and team ethic have become the defining features of the best teams. When the then Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac fined Sulley Muntari, Michael Essien and Asamoah Gyan for skipping a friendly against Angola ahead of the 2010 Nations Cup, many thought he was fighting a losing battle. But Rajevac stayed strong and, when Muntari refused to pay, he left him out of the squad for the tournament in Angola. With a young side drawing several members from the team that had won the Under-20 World Cup in Egypt a year earlier, Ghana was highly impressive, reaching the final in which it lost to the Egyptians. That side then formed the basis of ...
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