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2014 World Cup: Ex-Ghana captain Stephen Appiah wants focus on Portugal not Germany-USA clash

Published on: 23 June 2014
Stephen Appiah

By Rahman Osman

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Ex-Ghana captain Stephen Appiah has charged the Black Stars to concentrate on their final match against Portugal and not the outcome of the other Group match.

Ghana have slim chances of progressing from the pool with their qualification dependent on Germany’s clash against USA.

The Black Stars must win their match in Brasilia on Thursday and pray Germany beat USA by a wider margin.

But Ghana’s fear is that Germany might play for a draw against the Yanks, who are coached by a German, so both teams progress from Group G.

Appiah, a member of Ghana’s backroom staff at the World Cup, says the Black Stars must do their part by winning their match.

“We are Ghanaians and we will never give up until it’s mathematically impossible,” Appiah told

“The reaction from the guys after the U.S game has been tremendous and it will be disastrous to concentrate on the game between Germany and the U.S.

“We have a tough game against Portugal and I am insisting we put our total focus to win that game and see where we go on from there.”

Ghana fell to a 2-1 defeat to the U.S but recovered to earn a valuable point against Germany in a pulsating 2-2 draw game in Fortaleza.


This article has 12 comment(s), give your comment
  • PLAYERS says:
    June 23, 2014 12:56 pm
    Oops!!!! on the second thought, if only that corruptions in soccer shall not be displayed in the remaining matches, where backroom or under negotiations are done to deny others the possibilities of making amends. For instance the two Germans can speeak to one another as brothers, let draw at all cost for the sake of both two teams. It happens all the time in soccer.
  • NONI(9JA 1ST SON) says:
    June 23, 2014 01:23 pm
    Watching two television at a time in a world cup is the worst thing that can ever happen to a nation.... So shameful 24million GAYNAIANS will find themselves in such an odoriferous saga-kumgagatuangaga on thursday... bye bye GAYNA....Hahahaaaaaaahahahaha
  • bobo says:
    June 23, 2014 01:40 pm
    You stupid Idiot! Stop talking trash! Ghana is the best african team at the moment. We are in the hardest group and still have a chance to qualify ! Nigerias display is a joke! You have to beat Iran, but im sure you will fail! Asshole!
  • PITO says:
    June 23, 2014 01:55 pm
    Portugal Defense is bad. WE NEED TO PLAY 2 STRIKERS IN THIS GAME. WARRIS AND GYAN. And we need GOALS! Ghana 5 Portugal 0 Lets attack them right from the blow of the whistle and their defense will crumble like pastry. Do not go into the game with caution. That will give the Portuguese a bit of confidence. LETS Hit them HARD with more men in their box looking for Goals right from the blow of the whistle. Portugal can crumble easily. A As Usual start Kevin! and only bring in Jordan when the need arises. Start Essien pairing with Rabiu because we need experience in the absence of Sulley. IF Akwasi Appiah tells the players to Go for it, the result will surprise the world. Defenders should be alert on aerial ball threats. Germany vs USA either Germany or USA will score a late goal.
  • halle says:
    June 23, 2014 02:12 pm
    Please watch the amazing prophecy of this man!
  • AkosuaGhana says:
    June 23, 2014 03:04 pm
  • Papadinho says:
    June 23, 2014 03:47 pm
    Noni, odwan Nigeria sucks big time!! We live to see wai. This Nigerian team is a disgrace to Africa. At least Algeria and Ghana repping Africa the right way. Can't wait till naija get kicked
  • Boro says:
    June 23, 2014 04:55 pm
    The BS should play like we did against Egypt in Kumasi and win convincingly say 5 goals to nil. There is everything to play for in the game against the Portuguese. Loew took Klinsman's job from him just after two years with Germany team anf Klinsman might have some misfeelings. Klinsman might therefore want to prove that he is better than Loew and vice-versa. Also they noth might want to head the group to avoid the leaders in group H. The idea to head a group to meet a weaker opponent at the knockouit stage can make Germany-USA even more competive. I am not sure Klinsman will stoop so low to conspire with somebody he trained. So the BS should not leave any stone unturn and battle like we did against the Egyptians to atleast save our hearts and the bad boy Jordan Ayew. However, under the sun anything can happen so measures for our plan 'B' is to hire the services of Anas Aremeyaw Anas to henceforth monitor the conversations of both Loew and Klinsman if they will think of playing a fix-match. Hahahaha! Desperate move!
  • Kwabena says:
    June 23, 2014 05:26 pm
  • aberico says:
    June 23, 2014 06:42 pm
    We Gh'nians find ourselves in a very difficult situation in the results of this group stage. I think Klinsman and Loew will go for a draw. It is simply a language that they understand already. There is nothing like negotiations on this. They both know themselves as comrades, and they will leave no stone unturn. If we have buried our first match against the US of A, then by now we wouldn't be pondering and wondering about this unstable and uncomfortable situation. And we cannot score portugal 5 nil. It will be a very suprising package if Ghana still finds its way through of which I doubt. However if Gh goes through, I am sure they will reach the semi-finals. We deserve to go to the semi's but failure to beat the US of A, has resulted in this mess. We cannot go through unless the guys prove me wrong.
  • Reality says:
    June 23, 2014 06:48 pm
    USA 1 Germany 0 mind you Altidore will be bk! You still underestimating the US ah! Watch them beat this weak germany hampered by injuries 2-1.
  • Naijaboi says:
    June 23, 2014 08:28 pm
    Go ghana, we are solidly behind u. My only prayer is let Germany and USA fixed their own game. Bt I am pretty sure Gh will beat portugal I want to see atleast four African teams in d second round#Nig, Ivory coast, Ghana and Algeria# go team Africa