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2014 World Cup: Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah draws positives from hard lessons in USA defeat

Published on: 19 June 2014
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah

By Ameenu Shardow

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Courtesy African Origin Travel and Sports Tourism

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah believes he has taken enough lessons from his opening 2014 World Cup defeat to the USA to make him wiser going into the crucial second game against Germany on Saturday.

The Black Stars got their third successive campaign at the World Cup finals in Brazil to a stuttering start with goals from Clint Dempsey and John Brooks confining Ghana to an opening defeat last Monday in Natal.

Andre Ayew could only manage a consolation for the African giants who are now desperate for points to resurrect their campaign going into tough games against Germany and Portugal.

Ghana were unlucky to lose against the American having had the lion’s share of the play and goalscoring opportunities.

The Black Stars’ failure to convert the numerous chances however came back to haunt them as rookie Brooks headed in the eventual winner after Ayew had pulled them even – finishing off a delightful play with captain Asamoah Gyan.

The Black Stars now face a daunting task in getting points off Germany in their next Group G on Saturday in Fortaleza.

But coach Kwesi Appiah is confident the hard lessons learnt from his team’s defeat to the Americans will offer him the experience needed in taking his side forward.

“I have learnt a lot, considering the fact that when you create chances and you are not able to finish it comes done to whether your midfielders or strikers are doing the right thing at the right time,” Appiah said.

“We need to go back and see our mistakes and correct them.”


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  • woodini says:
    June 19, 2014 12:06 pm
    Hmmm, Appiah is visionless and clueless. Period. Everyday, I learnt a lesson. How many times are you gonna learn. You are in charge for almost three years now with the same players and yet you couldn't establish your best core eleven players and developed a particular style of play for team cohesion and consistency. Just look at last three friendly matches, the line-up is different with different players playing at bizzare positions. You are going to a big tournament with poor preparations and decision making. Appiah used his fringed players against the Netherlands, and again used a combination of fringed player and some key players against Korea. Even the key players did not play 90 minutes. In this two matches, Opare did not play. Yet he used Opare and left out Afful who palyed in these games. Against the US, Appiah used different line-up again. where is the consistency???? When Appiah took off Atsu and bought in Adomah,hhhahah. We all saw the want happened. Appiag should have switch KASA to take the place of Atsu and bring in Afful to play the left back. Sulley Muntari was playing well but he was exhausted and cannot retreat to defend in the middle, so the US midfielders took advantage of that.If I were Appiah I would have brought in Agyemang Badu who has high energy level to drive forward the team and also can retreat to defend. He also has a long range shooting ability as Sulley.Bringing on KPB is good but too late. He should have done that at beginning of second half. This is the game we could have one hands on, but Appiah and his technical men are useless and clueless.
  • OGYA says:
    June 19, 2014 01:57 pm
    Thank you, All of you should go back months and read what I have been writing about this Akwesi Appiah. I have been questioning this guys mental fortitude but no one listens. In Defense you play with tall guys, not short ones. Can anyone tell me that at this time of the tournament if Isaac Vorsah wouldn't have been fit to play? . When you have a coach who is not mentally smart you get a lot of mistakes. Just imagine if Jeffery Schlupp was at the left back and Kwadjo Asamoah playing his natural position, with Vorsah at the back with John Boye, how strong our defense could have been, with even Essien and Rabiu in the midfield? This moron has rendered Ghanaians totally impotent with his garbage thinking and trying to tell us that he is going to defeat Germany? Only fools will listen to this nonsense. Not that it is unattainable but listening to this crap from a clueless coach is the pain This should be the beginning of the end for Akwesi Appiah and Nyantakyi at the GFA. We have smarter individuals in Ghana that can do a far better job. It is very humiliating to be defeated by all countries USA in a soccer game? This is hard to swallow and I still can't get over it. Remember people, this is not politics or weapons of mass destruction. This is football and we are far better than United States. This alone should be enough to sack Akwesi Appiah and Nyantakyi from the GFA.
  • EmanuelKnowsBest says:
    June 19, 2014 02:26 am
    Well thats great for u that u learned your lesson. It only cost us three points. U fool. How can u start Opare after he has not played any of the two friendlies and was recovering from an injury. Ghana has never beaten a top tier team. We lost brazil, dutch twice,tied with england ,and lost germany in 2010. Anything is possible in football.But ghana will have to play the greatest 2 game in Black Star History.
  • EmanuelKnowsBest says:
    June 19, 2014 02:28 am
    I dont believe in the coach .But i will always believe in the BLACK STARS.
  • Boardroom says:
    June 19, 2014 02:31 am
    Good that you learnt something AA, but pluck come up strong this time....we trust you!
  • eb says:
    June 19, 2014 02:37 am
    Please use wakaso at the left back. so this my team for germany. kwara. Sumaila . boye .jonathan . wakaso. rabiu. muntari Atsu. kojo . Dede. Gyan.Gyan
  • SHAOLIN says:
    June 19, 2014 02:50 am
    This coach is so stupid and dumb ,its not even funny anymore.He cant read the game so he doesn't know what the opponent is doing most of time.Heck , he doesn't even know which of his players is having the most impact the game therefore he sometimes subs his most effective players out. Every team needs a playe-maker to help break down opponent's defense and to link up with the forwards, but he has our best playmaker playing left back.I don't blame him,i blame whatever system they have in place within GFA apparatus that's responsible for hiring him in the first place .They don't care about how we do at major tournaments, as long as they getting the kick-backs from AA's salary. Time for Nantakyi and AA to go.
  • Rasheed says:
    June 19, 2014 02:59 am
    My friend,you have not learnt anything.please drink some apketeshie and sleep and allow Konadu to bail you out.
  • CEREBRAL says:
    June 19, 2014 03:02 am
    I doubt!!! Why did he keep KPG and Essien on the bench? There is a saying: serve the good wine first, and when your guests are drunk, you serve the bad wine. AA did it the other way round!!! It is written in the news that the USA camp were shocked and happy that KPG and Essien were not starting!!! Let the wise tell me why AA did that? It is a puzzle but I have my own answer to the question I just posed.
  • CEREBRAL says:
    June 19, 2014 03:14 am
    AA you have such talented squad, yet you could not squeeze out a win. I do not think you know the magnitude of this failure! Whatever reasons you had for making the selection weaker than the team you used to defeat Egypt 6-1, only God knows. But I can assure you that it will come back to haunt you. We do not know the outcome of our next 2 matches, but for now you have let GHANA DOWN.
  • SHAOLIN says:
    June 19, 2014 03:14 am
    Motherfuck*r,your mother,you mean to tell us that you didn't know if you create chances and you don't score then the players are doing something wrong?You just learned that now after a US team that could be beaten by my neighborhood 11 kick your ass? Its the other coach that beat you.Klinsmann won this game from the bench. It doesn't matter how much skills you have ,the team that's superior strategically and tactically will win most of the time.The black stars won all these qualifying games in spite of your horrendous coaching.At the international level you don't have a prayer because tactically and strategically you are clueless.First Ghana coach to lose to an American side.Sweet dreams motherfuk*r
  • A concerned citizen........ says:
    June 19, 2014 03:34 am
    You have learnt your lessons well but it is not enough..we want to see it's practicality....How do you put square pegs in a round hole?Why did you select the defenders for the world cup? Bringing KASAM back at no.3 is a slap on their face.Briging KASAM back means you have caged your play maker apparent for no reason to make it easy for your opponent. Dr, AA your silent killer instinct on some players must cease now..release them now such as KPB,Essien,Badu,Wakaso,Afful,Inkoom and Acquah and cage some of your favorites like Opare, Adomah and Rabiu
  • Bostonman redsox says:
    June 19, 2014 03:40 am
    Cameroon is officially an embarrassment to africa. They just joined akwasi appiah
  • Benito says:
    June 19, 2014 03:43 am
    You haven't learn nothin',inferiority complex is killing this coach,he has never fielded his best 11,he loves to gamble and this time it backfired!!,this is a match we could have hands you give people the cause to suspect this match was a fixed one.everything was wrong from day one..camping in the USA and all.if we have any chance to beat the Germans then we must pack the midfield so 4-5-1 won't be bad cuz your defense is not have a lot of midfielders make use of them.Germany is beatable.i expect a line like this one....kwarasey..... Inkoom ..boye..mensah..afful esssien....afriyie... dede....k.boateng...k.asa..... gyan.
  • lion-fire says:
    June 19, 2014 03:50 am
    This is not the place to learn...when is he gonna stop learning and start working
  • Benito says:
    June 19, 2014 03:52 am
    Those days of fine,fine soccer are no more...jose mourihno will play "dirty" and yet win games.look what happened to Spain...most of the matches in this tournament would won from the bench..if you have any tactics will is it on Saturday."beautiful" soccer is now useless,its about scoring goals.
  • Milky says:
    June 19, 2014 03:56 am
    This is exactly what happens when race is over quality in the selection of candiate for a job. AA was partly selected because some people were saying - lets give the black man a chance even though he wasn't qualified for the job. People were all up in arms that a black man should be giving the job regardless of his qualifications. I guess its good that this is happening, it will send a message to everyone that, next time we should use qualifications instead of skin color. I also think AA has messed it for most of the black coaches in Ghana. Now they wouldn't get the support they need from the supporters anymore. I spent money to come to Brazil thinking at least we will beat the US and then I will have the dream of possibly making it out of the group stages, but now I feel like its going to suck...thanks to AA's stupid tactics of wanting to bring on KPB and Essine later on when the Americans are tired. What the hell is wrong with this guy. He is tactically inapt. If we make it out of the group stages which is 99% unlikely, its not because of him, its all because of the players own doing. The players have been carrying AA on their shoulders for a long time now. At the world cup, you cant just use skills more tactics than skill. The players have done their best. Good job guys. AA, I'm sorry but you are not up to challenge. We are failing because of you.
  • selfmade says:
    June 19, 2014 03:58 am
    We conceded the second goal because john boye and the other useless defenders were celebrating the equalizer with Dede ! These good for nothing defenders run all the way from DEFENCE to join the other players to celebrate in this hot and humid weather and that took a toil on them and I wasn't surprised we concede right after their useless celebrations! What's john boye business in running all the way to join in the celebration when we needed to stay focus at the back? Watch all our goal celebrations and u ll see a tall, lanky good man with MOHAWK wearing jersey no 21 leading the AZONTO DANCING CLAN! BOYE AND THE OTHER USELESS DEFENDER CALL JONATHAN! These two defenders are shocking to say the least! We needed an equaliser, we had it and instead of these defenders staying focus for the rest of the match,they were celebrating right in the middle of the park in this humid! This should tell everyone the sort of defenders these two guys are! When Germany score their goals, I didn't see any DEFENDER running all the way from DEFENCE to join the celebrations! They stay at the back and concentrate but not john boye, or Jonathan mensah or DANIEL OPARE ADDOQUAYE PAPPOE! These USELESS defenders are our downfall in Brazil! We have to wait for another four solid yrs for another WC all thanks to these three USELESS musketeers who gave the match away to the yanks on a silver platter! When score a goal, these useless defenders should STAY BACK AND CONCENTRATE because they are already full of nerves and joining in the goal scoring celebration takes away their focus and concentration!
  • Adebayo says:
    June 19, 2014 04:11 am
    Yes, Mr. Appiah, you might have taken some lessons from this match just as you took points from the defeats in the cup of nations and the defeat to Montenegro and the defeat to the Netherlands! And you are likely to have the same message after the matches against Germany and Portugal! When do you begin using all these lessons? No team in its third straight participation at the world cup and after missing a semi final spot by a whisker an the last edition should be used as guinea pigs and that's exactly what I believe the GFA has done with the Black Star and that hurts! A coach who cannot change his game even when he concedes as early as the 1st minute of a match should not be handling this talented Black Stars team!
  • Adebayo says:
    June 19, 2014 04:24 am
    And by the way, Mr. AA with Germany you must abandon your beloved old fashioned 4-4-2 because Germany is playing very mobile midfielders all over the pitch! This match is a do or die! Kwadwo Asamoah has come out to complain he does not like the left back role in the 4-4-2 system and many agree with him! He does not play left back in a 4-4-2 system at Juventus. Some have suggested you play Essien in a three man defense! If Essien plays defense he must have a very speedy cover! Whoever you play, you must have very mobile and speedy midfielders to attack the Germans for 90minutes!
  • Kofi USA says:
    June 19, 2014 04:30 am
    Always learning but never know anything. AA was on the bench last time we lost to Germany so if you are learning, then you should beat Germany this time right? (just like Netherlands lost to Spain in 2010 but thrashed Spain in 2014?) That's the only way to prove that you're indeed learning anything. Let me help you out AA: Germany took away our strength, the midfield, and forced Ghana to cross the balls from the flanks, but they won those crossings because they are taller than your short FIANGA boys. That is the same blueprint Germany gave to Klinsman and you proved you've learned nothing by once again surrendering your strength, the midfield, and resorting to crossings from the right flanks. So AA, how are you gonna claim your midfield back?
  • King of Kings says:
    June 19, 2014 05:04 am
    Coach be brave enough and use Afful at the left back ,so Kojo Asamoah can go forward. Ghana will profit from that.
  • African Consciousness says:
    June 19, 2014 05:13 am
    Coach you must know your players after all you selected them. Who are your best 11 players for each position? What formation are you going to use against the Germans? Field your best 11 to start the game, the opposing team will always field their best 11 and if you don't then your bench will be playing the opposing team's starters. I can't wait to see your line up against the Germans, we shall see if you learned your lesson or not by the line up you select to face Germany. Without Jeffrey Schlupp Afful is by far the best option for left full back. He played that role all through qualifying. So stop experimenting and use Afful. He is a double or triple champion and a fine player. Show confidence in your players and they will play their heart out for you.
  • readi 2 dye says:
    June 19, 2014 05:23 am
    Mr. AA, the lesson u Shuda learned was to stop being stubborn which is obvious. You need the let go that ego. A good manager puts the right people in place and changes gears when expected results are not achieved. I know this is like Monday morning quarterback but don't wait too long to change things...watching the game I could tell atsu n Dede hit a brick wall n have ran out of ideas, so I really thought u was gon bring ess n kpb in the game at halftime. Moving forward, I realise the give n go passes was better among kpb,kasa n Ayew...this has to be part of our game plan because crossing the ball won't work with these tall Germans. Coach if u listen to the self u will know what to do n when. STOP BEING STUBBORN. Regardless of the results we still need a ghanaian coach...else when we gon for Spain was heralded as one of the best yet they going home. We got to start from somewhere....A SETBACK IS A SETUP FOR A COMEBACK... Better believe. Go BS...just do it, like nike. One.
  • readi 2 dye says:
    June 19, 2014 05:31 am
    Amean Atsu n Jordan.....sorry...n y'all shud get rid of that mowawk. Everyone shud cut thier hair like dede....this will teach the Germans we came to play...haha.
  • Kwaku says:
    June 19, 2014 05:36 am
    Hmmm always a student....learning learning learning. When re u going to graduate? We wasted tax payers money to take u to man city and Liverpool and many more aids were given to u but to no avail. So wat positives have u drawn Mr coach. Pls don't bring yourself kraa.....u re a total disgrace to Ghana
  • king says:
    June 19, 2014 05:39 am
    I don't have any hope in this coach. He never learns. If I'm lying check this out. First of all, our friendly game against Montenegro what happened? Coach Appiah had a weaker team displayed which they scored us an early goal. Secondly, our the friendly game against Holland what happened? Coach Appiah again had a mediocre team in place which they scored us another early goal. Thirdly, our first world cup game against the US what happened? Coach Appiah again had a mediocre team in place which allowed United States to score another early goal. I don't believe this coach is learning anything. He must go. I think Ghana has no coach at the moment going to face a dangerous team like Germany. Another thing that hurt is, he has no plan for the game. The only idea (old school) I can see is operate from the wings and cross the ball in. My friend, this is not African Cup. The same solution did not work even in the African cup. What kind of Coach is this? He makes no good use of set pieces nor corners. Yet he wants wingers to cross the ball in. I'm really doubtful of his ideas. He totally lacks idea to manage the team. And Klinsman demonstrated that by using a US team to beat us. Thank you.
  • lusaka... says:
    June 19, 2014 06:04 am
    hghana is useless.tht boye ws also a culprit in tht semi-final mayuka goal.u re a shame.hw do u overate yo uselessselves tht u can win the world cup.juju and trophyless nationa.
  • emeka says:
    June 19, 2014 06:16 am
    AA,you really lack tactical selections....infact your selection against the US was not not really bring the nation down...upon all this quality players we have couldn't make use of vigilant against the Germans cos they are extraordinary good...
  • Adiepenah says:
    June 19, 2014 06:22 am
    I can boldly tell Ghanaians that Kwasi does not have any knowledge in football. He doesn't even know where to start the players and where to end them. You always learn something from mistakes you do as a coach but nothing better comes out from what you have been learning. You dont know anything. Just tell Ghanaians the work is too heavy for you to carry and we will get a better coach far than you.
  • donpapah says:
    June 19, 2014 06:41 am
    Playing K.Asamoah at the left back position clearly shows you haven't learnt your lesson from our defeat to Burkina Faso at the 2013 CAN where u played K.Asamoah at the left back position. Play a 3-4-1-2 formation with kasamoah as an offensive midfielder defenders Boye sumalia mensah midfield Atsu Essien Muntari Dede Ayew player in the hole K.Asamoah Attack KP Boateng Asamoah Gyan Any silly and foolish team selection will result in our exit on saturday. Use tried and tested methods and stop experimenting.use your head Kwasi Appiah and stop waisting the tax payer's money.
  • sharky says:
    June 19, 2014 07:11 am
    The truth of the matter is that Ghanaians know and understand football very well. What everyone is saying here is the truth. I think Rabui, Adomah, Boye and Opare should forget about playing the other 2 matches if we are to make any progress. I can't just simply comprehend why when it mattered most we fielded a very weak starting 11 and chose to experiment and we didn't even do that in the qualifiers.i just hope AA is reading this forum so he can pick some clues from some of the 24 millions coaches in Ghana on this site STARTING 11 AGAINST GERMANY; 1.KWARASEY 2.INKOOM 3.AFFUL 4.SUMAILA 5.JONATHAN MENSAH 6.AGYEMAN BADU 7.DEDE 8.KEVIN PB 9.ASAMOAH GYAN 10.MAJEED WARIS 11.KWADWO ASAMOAH This should always be the starting 11, Period!!!
  • kwasi says:
    June 19, 2014 07:17 am
    Useless akwasi appiah. Selection of even your players shows u can't win any game. Stupid.
  • MR. FITCH says:
    June 19, 2014 07:36 am
  • Boro says:
    June 19, 2014 07:58 am
    It is either you should be given time or learning after every defeat. Your learning has got to stop somewhere and give us the results. You are the highest paid Ghanaian at the moment and must be seeing to be working for that kind of money, ok! Vocal coaches win matches but not those who keep mute AA!
  • Fazz says:
    June 19, 2014 08:17 am
    Hmmmm, I wonder how AA learns. If only you learn and come back to to commit the same mistake, then u are the most stupid learner I have come to know. AA gave same excuse after the poor showing in Afcon, SA. U realize AA has used K. Asamoah in two previous competitive matches( dr Congo n brukina faso) as left full bak n we won none. To make things worse we lost against minors like b. faso. After our painful exit, AA said I ve learnt my lessons n u come to World Cup only to come n use K. Asamoah in the same position. This is an epitome of a coach who lacks the understanding of the game.
  • wee ba says:
    June 19, 2014 09:33 am
    Ask akwasi appiah if he was ever benched during his peaked days with the intention that he would be introduced into the when his opponents are tired? Hahahah you see telling us you benched kpb,essien ect..because you thought the yanks will be tired.This is the dumbest coach talk I have ever heard.shameee AYITTEY APPIAH
  • daniel says:
    June 19, 2014 09:40 am
    please where is the man that predicted the world cup, so called spiritual man please called him and ask him is Spain and cemeroun going home