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2014 World Cup: Germany coach Loew tips Ghana to cause a surprise in Brazil, hails coach Appiah

Published on: 19 April 2014
Ghana will play Germany at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

coach Joachim Loew has heaped praise on Ghana trainer Kwesi Appiah for steering the Black Stars in the right direction by injecting youth into the squad, ensuring World Cup qualification.

The Germany coach says under Appiah there is confidence that the Black Stars will excel at the World Cup in June because of the way the former international has transformed the team.

Lowe hailed Appiah despite the fact that the two countries will clash in the Group of Death, underlining the fact that the Ghana coach must be hailed for the team's recent successes.

Appiah took over the squad at the time that key players Stephen Appiah and Richard Kingson were not playing while injuries to other players like Michael Essien, John Mensah and the absence of Kevin-Prince Boateng robbed the squad of its strength.

However the Black Stars boss introduced youngsters like Majeed Waris, Christian Atsu, Albert Adomah, Mubarak Wakaso who helped Ghana to sealed World Cup qualification and Loew says they can cause a surprise at the World Cup

“We all know the quality of the Ghana national team now which should tell us all that the coach deserves some real credit for the wonderful achievement especially qualifying to the World Cup," Loew told the German television station DW.

“He was also bold enough to introduce many young guys into the team who have all lived up to the billing so based on all of these I think Kwesi Appiah deserves credit and praise from all who are involved in football.

“There is enough quality and experience in his team and he has proven that he can get the best out of them which gives the people of Ghana confidence that Ghana will surprise the world in Brazil."

Ghana will face USA, Germany and Portugal in Group G of the tournament in Brazil


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  • Coach says:
    April 19, 2014 06:16 pm
    Tweaa has Ghana really improved and chalked success under Appiah? Qualification for the world cup is now no news Of course it has become a norm and any local coach could have done it Appiah has not won a single game except African opponent. Even with that it has to take intervention of referees, his records have been awful Drew with Dr Congo, China, Turkey, beaten by Japan, Montenegro, Burkina, Zambian, Egypt, etc This to me is certainly not a performance we should be proud of Besides , our playing standard has has sunk so low to the extent that we are always outplayed even by minnows and we always have to sit on tantahook in order to win games
  • NONI(9JA 1ST SON) says:
    April 19, 2014 08:33 pm
    Tweeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaa..... mind games koraa......
  • Bani man says:
    April 19, 2014 10:10 pm
    that's really true. sometimes you could even noticed that the players employ their own tactics. AA has no idea what to do when his opponents are changing.
  • Ghanaman says:
    April 21, 2014 01:43 am
    Look at these evil dwarfs. Appiah has done well... Only a lunatic would say he had not best a team outside of Africa. Most of those games were away friendly matches!!! Only an evil dog would use those matches to do analysis..
  • Wuatoto MaddDogg says:
    April 20, 2014 08:20 am
    your whoopin' who's ass you don't know what your sayin' check your back the USCIS behind U
  • Wuatoto MaddDogg says:
    April 20, 2014 08:18 am
    Hmm Ghanaians keep making that noise and you'll have the most disapointing tournament even more disgraceful than that of Egypt 2006
  • Coach says:
    April 20, 2014 03:33 pm
    SpellBOUND, you are very analytical, with Appiah, we have to pray earnestly more than before for mother luck to smile on us otherwise we will not win a single game. Appiah has a very poor record against teams outside of Africa. Indeed, he has not beaten any team from outside our continent; being it Europe, Asia, North and South America. Again, this is the first time Ghana lost two matches since 2005 before qualifying for world cup. We have always qualified unbeaten so what is so special about Appiah?
  • spellBOUND says:
    April 20, 2014 12:49 pm
    chale we are done comparing ourselves to those minnows u just mentioned. if you have world cup winning aspirations, those countries should not even be mentioned in the same sentence with ghana. coach said all that needed to be said. AA has not achieved much.... because other coaches have qualified us to the mundial before...
  • Anokwale says:
    April 20, 2014 11:24 am
    To those who want to downplay Appiah's accomplishments, you should take note that many African teams can only dream of accomplishing what Ghana has. Where is Zambia? Where is Egypt? Where is Burkina Faso? Think well. ..
  • kuukuphilly says:
    April 19, 2014 12:11 pm
    Tell him again my brother. We whooping ur ass this time around.
  • Dr Who says:
    April 19, 2014 12:25 pm
    our heads shouldnt be swollen by these remarks...its a mind game.Lets go all out & show to them that we have come of age.
  • Josh says:
    April 19, 2014 12:49 pm
    There so many Mourinhos in dis sport called football .
  • Africanus says:
    April 19, 2014 01:06 pm
    Mind games or not, the coach said just what one can say in an interview situation. And the fact is all the things he said are true. This goes to say he knows his world cup opponents, and that he is not going into the game blindfolded.
  • Benito says:
    April 19, 2014 01:37 pm
    Thanks for praises,I think this coach has detailed information about his opponents..but I still believe Ghana and Portugal will sail through..any one wanna
  • selfmade says:
    April 19, 2014 01:44 pm
    I have noticed one thing ever since the WC draw was made and that's how the super power football giants or coaches are singing the praises of their African counterparts and how great they can be! Contrarily, all the African coaches have been stone SILENT and even if they come out of their shells, all that they can say are how their respective national teams can SHOCK the world in Brazil!! Do I sense some form of INFERIORITY COMPLEX here with respect of the African coaches? Why are the coaches of the soccer giants using MIND GAMES on their lesser opponents? Does it work on their opponents? Why are African coaches so silent about these mind games and WHY is that the African coaches also employ the same MIND GAME ANTICS ON their opponents? Am really buffled about this and worry too because all of our WC opponents has started using the tactics OF ACT OF WAR against us, singing our praises and massaging our egos to the high heavens telling us how strong we are when on the contrarily we are not!! If indeed an African country can win the WC in the near future, that country needs to prepare physically, mentally and spiritually and from what am seeing, AFRICANS ARE NOT READY NOW!! Those that are ready to win the WC has already started the battle from afar!!
  • benny says:
    April 19, 2014 01:46 pm
    I agree with you Africanus.Mind game or not, all he said is true. If AA will pick the players based on performance and not by naive favouritism, I don't see why we can't cause major upset.Leave Dauda in Ghana.Never start Essien in any match. Include Afriyie Acquah.
  • mukmin says:
    April 19, 2014 01:48 pm
    We need to be wary of all the teams in our group those guys are not stupid in preparing themselves well against. All three teams know our pedigree and all three of them are treating their game against us as their most crucial. We may see ourselves as underdogs but none of them do so coach Appiah has his work cut out for him these games are going to be won or lost on the technical bench.
  • spellBOUND says:
    April 19, 2014 02:20 pm
    HAHAH.. eeei ghanafo, when the opposition praise us, we call it MIND GAMES. when the opposition calls us minnows, we call it disrespect and threaten to show them where the power lies..... lol. what d'afuq do we want????????????????
  • smokey says:
    April 19, 2014 12:09 pm
    You can tickle our belly all you want but we wont turn into your lap dog so save it.
  • A concerned citizen says:
    April 19, 2014 12:04 pm
    Your minds game will not work
  • spellBOUND says:
    April 21, 2014 06:41 pm
    haha, then what matches should we use to analyze your AA??? please list the games u want.. we are waiting... it must be nice to PICK AND CHOOSE doesn't it??? smh. u insult because your mind is made up on AA. to u, he cannot do no wrong... finding excuses for his failure to win an away game outside the continent be it a friendly or not is quite convenient......