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2014 World Cup: Ghana will only get better after USA defeat, says coach Kwesi Appiah

Published on: 19 June 2014
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah believes his team can only get better following their shocking 2-1 defeat to the United States in their opening game at the 2014 World Cup.

The Black Stars were stunned by their usual whipping boys with goals from Clint Dempsey and John Brooks on either side of the game sealing a sweet win for the Americans last Monday in Natal.

Andre Ayew scored an equalizer in between but the Black Stars ultimately failed to build on that momentum to slump to a disappointing defeat in their opening Group G game.

Ghana now faces an early exit from the tournament being staged in Brazil and must now secure results against Germany and Portugal to have any chance of progressing further.

Coach Kwesi Appiah who has had his fair share of criticisms following the defeat is confident his side will improve in games to come.

“We are four countries in a competition, this is the first game and we’ve got two more to play,” he said.

“I believe that we will get better in our coming games and make sure that we qualify.

“It is not going to be easy but we will work hard at it.”

Ghana next faces three-time winners Germany in a game the Black Stars desperately need points from to stay alive in the competition.

The Black Stars will leave their team base in Maceio on Friday to Fortaleza where the second group game will be played on Saturday.


  • ballu gbei says:
    June 19, 2014 06:21 pm
    The coach is hopelessly useless and tactically bankrupt. His excuses are dumbness to come out of any coach ie I was waiting for them to get tired.This coach has shut the door for any local coach in the future. Foreign coach is the way forward.
  • Justin says:
    June 20, 2014 08:47 am
    AA is the best, our problem is that we underestimated the US n thot we could hanle them with kid gloves.Remember how everybody was talking about CR 7 overlooking both the US n Germany.we need to take each game at a time....FOCUS what's at hand!
  • Justin says:
    June 20, 2014 12:55 pm
    AA is my him we trust.
  • chicken says:
    June 19, 2014 02:38 pm
    the coach no shite
  • Steve. Nigeria says:
    June 19, 2014 03:02 pm
    We didnt see any creativity on the part our boys they only play to their likeness. Kwadwo Asamoah should be moved to front to do the work.
  • Boro says:
    June 19, 2014 03:03 pm
    Our attackers should just stop being wasteful upfront It does not make sense to create as many as 18 scoring chances and manage only once. What were they thinking. The so called experience players should prove to us that they can play and stop their talk, talk and rather allow their performance do the talking.
    June 19, 2014 01:57 pm
    I don't know who taught Ghanaians that a good coach can't lose a match and a good 'keeper can't concede a goal. Hard luck robbed us of victory against USA. We only need to change Opare and we'll play better.
  • Viper says:
    June 19, 2014 02:01 pm
    To be fair to the coach and the team we really played well against USA,they were just simply lucky.We have a good midfield and a decent frontline but the supporting cast at the back are useless.They need to be replaced with some tall,local defenders. We have to understand that playing in Europe doesn't mean you are good.Some of these European based players are simply not good enough.Mexico,Chile,Colombia,Ecuador,even Brazil all supplement their sides with some local players.We have to do the same. We are badly in need of a playmaker.Players like Muntari,Essien,KPB all have to make their mind up,do they want to continue with the team or not? So they can be replaced the Aboagyes,Accams,Acheampongs and lets move forward. I do not think Ghana needs a foreign coach but we have to find a competent coach(Silas Tetteh) to handle the national team.
  • yaw2 says:
    June 19, 2014 01:53 pm
    I believe we can....Ghana have world class players to beat the Germans.........
  • sam sam says:
    June 19, 2014 03:33 pm
    Akwasi Appiah dont listen he is confuse coach . We told him to pick Aoinoson , Adusei and Sule, but this useless coach think he is bigger than Ghanaians .let him solve his own problem. if we do not qualify he must humbly resign
  • keith from germany says:
    June 19, 2014 03:34 pm
    @ viper i agree with u. These local defenders are very hungry and they play similar defending to that of the chileans. sumaila eventhough he is raw sometimes is a strong tackling defender. i 100% know that clint dempsey wouldnt have gone past sumaila so easily. Eventhough the local defenders are raw,they are still good. st 2006 habib mohammed and shilla illiasu all had a great game against the czechs and the yanks. Lee addy who in 2010 was with bechem chelsea had a decent game against the socceroos of australia . AA must play his cards right. boye aint bad because he had a great afcon 2012 but at that time he wanted to prove a point but since he has established himself in the stars set up,he is very sluggish and his confident level is in the backet. Frankly speaking ghana could have spanked the yanks by 5 goals had ghana taken his chances. But still yet impossible is nothing.
  • NaNa Vugison says:
    June 19, 2014 03:26 pm
    At the 2006 World Cup, Ghana were drawn in a group with the Czech republicb who before the world cup were ranked 2nd, USA who were ranked 4th and Italy who were ranked 13th. Ghana played the 13 th placed Italy first and lost but recovered to beat the 2nd placed Czech Republic and 4th placed USA to qualify. Interestingly, before playing it's second game against the Czechs, the Czechs had beaten the 4th placed USA by 3-0 in their first game. Fastforward to 2014. Ghana is drawn in a group with Germany who are 2nd on the FIFA rankings, Portugal who are 4th and the USA who are also 13th. Ghana played the 13th team first again and lost and interestingly just like 2006, we are due to play a 2nd placed country on the FIFA ranking who have just defeated the 4th placed team on the rankings heavily just like 2006. Now it gets more interesting, Ghana played the 13th placed Italy and lost on a Monday just like we played 13th placed USA on Monday. And Ghana played and beat 2nd ranked Czech Republic on Saturday just like we are going to play 2 nd ranked Germany on another Saturday. Chart no ato. Ghana will beat Germany and Portugal and qualify. No fears. Let's go to bed koraa
  • HOUSTON, TEXAS says:
    June 19, 2014 06:05 pm
    wo nana twemmm will get better after woni tweasiliiiii defeat. naniamma coach like you, cant figure out how to play your besyt players, kontronfi coach paaaaa.
  • Benito says:
    June 19, 2014 06:06 pm
    Shango u r a bull,last four years Germany struggled to beat us 1 nil,you are a small piece of shit!!!!
  • ChiefRocka says:
    June 19, 2014 04:28 pm
    @Nana Vugision..hmmm very interesting..I only blame Kwesi Appiah 75% he failed to realize the US were defensive after they scored and wasted KASA at Leftback and should of brought in Afful. KPB needs to stop talking big because 1st off he looks like he's 200 lbs and was busy kicking the ball to the crowd as souvenirs..and if GHANA can't beat USELESS USA why the hell do you think we can beat the German MACHINE..Please folks lets snap back to reality..
  • bill says:
    June 19, 2014 04:33 pm
    It's really true that Ghana can make it again like in south African but they need confidence and determinate God bless Ghana
  • PeeWee says:
    June 19, 2014 04:55 pm
    Somebody tell this coach the world cup is no place for experimentation. If we can't beat the USA, then its almost impossible to beat a team like Germany... remember we have never beaten a western European country at senior level...never.
  • keith from germany says:
    June 19, 2014 03:45 pm
    @nana vigusion Your analysis is very deep but i dont believe in such kind of statistics eventhough u might be right. AA must only field the right players at their right positions. with a little bit of luck ghana can spring a surprise against deutschland
  • SHANGO says:
    June 19, 2014 04:04 pm
    Germany 6 Ghana 1.Mark my words
  • SHANGO says:
    June 19, 2014 04:05 pm
    Germany 6 Ghana 1.Kwadwo Asamoah to score for Ghana.Mark my words
  • SHANGO says:
    June 19, 2014 04:06 pm
    Germany 6 Ghana 1 1Kwadwo Asamoah to score for Ghana.Mark my words
  • Rasheed says:
    June 19, 2014 04:07 pm
    I am sorry not with you Akwesi Appiah as the coach.
  • mococo says:
    June 19, 2014 04:13 pm
    Come to think of it, has any body noticed that we have changed about 4 coached in the last 7 or so years but the style of play is the same? Well, that should inform us the problem is from the players and the technical director of the gfa, they are what is causing all our headach
  • Carlos Danger says:
    June 20, 2014 12:46 am
    AA stop feeding us this rat poision excuse. You are a failure admit it . We are not that stupid to fall for this by given us a false sense of hope ...we are out.
  • Edward says:
    June 19, 2014 06:45 pm
    Though everybody is blaming Akwasi Appiah, I think the current generation of Ghanaians cannot think. Every Match the Black Stars played, they score them within ten minutes and there are no statisticians to point it out to them. About Kwadwo Asamoah; if he wants to try him at left back, he should have experimented with that in many friendly matches before the World Cup. Look at our companies and other institutions. If there was no mistake, they wont make any changes. WHAT A COUNTRY?
  • Assemblyman says:
    June 19, 2014 07:01 pm
    Hahahahahahahahaha,,....take it easy on him oo....why not blame Akwesi Nyantakyi ..hahahah.. I saw this happen long ago and it's the true reflection of whatever happened at AFCON 2013 in SA..we can only wish the team a good luck..this Kwesi Appiah guy has finished our team already..I am chilling here in Brazil to make sure I don't get much affected by the broken heart,thus should we be eliminated..but as a Ghanaian I only can pray for the better of the team..
  • Cnn says:
    June 20, 2014 09:26 am
    We need to replace A A with Salas Tenth. He is a better tactician and has a much higher football IQ. The smirk on AA'S face when we are losing alone says it all. He is not good. I like him as a person though.
  • Cnn says:
    June 20, 2014 09:28 am
    I mean Silas Tetteh. Something is wrong with my phone dictionary.
  • Hikanotes1986 says:
    June 20, 2014 09:48 am
    @nana vugison, i like your analysis. I hope it repeats.