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The Black Stars are in the zone

Updated: June 25, 2010, 10:49 PM ET
By Jeff Bradley | ESPN The Magazine

JOHANNESBURG -- From the hotel lobby, I could hear the singing from above. I could not understand the words, but I could feel the joy and passion.

And, a few moments later, when the Ghanaian soccer team appeared in the lobby, I was able to ask a few players about the song. "We love to sing together, dance together, pray together," said striker Asamoah Gyan. "It brings joy to our hearts. This is our team."

This was January, in Luanda, Angola, before Ghana would play Nigeria in ...

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