By Ameenu Shardow
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah admits the early goal conceded against the USA played a major role in his teamâ€™s defeat on Monday.
The Black Stars fell to a painful 2-1 defeat to the Yanks in their opening Group G game at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The four-time African champions had clawed their way back from a dreadful start which saw them concede in just the first minute to a Clint Dempsey strike.
Andre Ayew had given Ghana a massive lifeline with his equalizer in the 83rdÂ minute but the USA claimed victory with a strike from rookie John Brooks with just four minutes left to play.
Kwesi Appiah concedes his teamâ€™s job was made a bit more difficult with the early concession.
â€œThe early goal was something that we never expected,â€ he said.
â€œPlaying at this high level any loss in concentration can cost you big time.
â€œThe first goal unsettled us and made things very difficult for us.â€
Ghana have now tasted their first ever defeat against the USA in the World Cup.
The Black Stars will now have to get a result against Germany and then Portugal in order to progress from Group G.