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2014 World Cup: Abedi Pele, Kwesi Appiah bury differences, Maestro hails Ghana coach's tactics

Published on: 04 April 2014
Kwesi Appiah will lead Black Stars to success in Brazil, says Abedi Pele

Ghana legend Abedi Pele and Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah look to have buried their difference as the latter has praised the trainer of the national team insisting he will lead the country to success at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil in June.

Abedi Pele, who publicly hit out as his ex-teammate when he dropped his sons Jordan and Andre Ayew for  2013 Africa Cup of Nations, now says Appiah has made the Black Stars the most dominant team in Africa.

The three-time African Footballer of Year, who was said to have had a rift with Appiah since 1992 over captaincy of the Black Stars, added that the coach is steering the country in the right direction by demanding more from the Black Stars players.

Many football fans have called for the boosting of the technical team with a foreign technical director with some doubting the competence of the coach but Pele disagrees insisting that Appiah is strong tactically.

“Kwesi Appiah has turned us into the most dominant team in Africa now. We have made another giant step as a team and we must build upon that in Brazil to prove that indeed Ghana football is the best in Africa” Abedi Pele said.

“We have to be more dominant than we have been. From the very first minute we must put massive pressure on our opponents. I know the Coach is very demanding. He asks a lot from his players. Every day it is so intense, but I love that”.

“The manager is tactically so strong. Our football is phenomenal and we want to show that more than anywhere in the World Cup stage. This is the stage for us to prove our quality and for me Ghana must dominate in Brazil to make us all proud”.

Abedi Pele was reported to have had a rift with Kwesi Appiah after the latter was stripped of the Black Stars captaincy in 1992 in favour of the Maestro before the Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal.

But publicly they declared their friendship until the 2013 incident which led to Abedi Pele hitting out at the coach that he is disappointed in him after dropping Andre and Jordan.

This development shows that they are still friends with Abedi Pele offering what to many would be an objective assessment of the coach.

Do you agree with Abedi Pele? Do you think the Black Stars will excel? Make your views known in the box below:


This article has 12 comment(s), give your comment
  • paul says:
    April 04, 2014 03:20 pm
    I hv always said that is out of dirty tribalism that has made some Ghaanaians hyporcitically doubt Akwasi Appiah's competence. They all know that the man has done creditably well with this job but because of unneccessary tribalism some ghanaians have intentionally closed their eyes and their ears about the reality but i know that Akwasi Appiah will make all Ghanaians proud at this coming World Cup.
  • Ken says:
    April 04, 2014 02:23 pm
    That is someone's perception, what you are saying may be the official record but not every one agrees with that. Roger Milla once said, he hasn't seen a player of Abedi's caliber in Africa. George Weah believe Abedi should have been awarded World's Best Player. Nigerians believe JJ Okocha is the best player ever to come out of Africa. Zambians believes in Kalusha etc. What's your own view?
  • aberico says:
    April 04, 2014 11:07 am
    Ghanasoccernet must stop raising any unnecessary debate. Publishing the report is enough but some of their debatable comment expectations from football loving fans is meaningless.
  • The truth says:
    April 04, 2014 11:35 am
    Do u even understand the purpose of a friendly game? Incase u don't, please read some of A.A 's interviews so he can educate u on the purpose of a friendly
  • kuukuphilly says:
    April 04, 2014 11:51 am
    Let the past be the past.we have work to do than worry about what happened decades ago.
  • Bedu Noble says:
    April 04, 2014 11:54 am
    I thank my maelstrom. To me he is the greatest football. player africa has ever produced. I know. he never had any bad blood. It's our people. frm the garden city. who are always trying to create that because he did not play for their team.
  • Bedu Noble says:
    April 04, 2014 12:01 pm
    I thank my maestro.To me he is the greatest football player africa has ever produced. I know they never had any bad blood. It's our people frm the garden city who are always trying to create that because he did not play for their team.
  • Fiscko says:
    April 04, 2014 12:49 pm
    U people are making mistake, I dont think Abedi Pele is the all time African best player, i believe is Roger Miller from Camaroun.
  • Ghanaman says:
    April 04, 2014 04:38 pm
    AA is the best and in him we trust.
  • Bright Baffour says:
    April 04, 2014 04:47 pm
    Ghana will go through if they have kwarasey as their first choice goalkeeper because Dauda is lack of games.
  • Dr Who says:
    April 04, 2014 09:53 am
    old friends are the best
  • bawah says:
    April 04, 2014 08:34 am
    montenegro, a european country beat us ; so we have to improve ith this coatch!