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2014 World Cup: Kwesi Appiah exorcises Asian defeats with comprehensive win over South Korea

Published on: 10 June 2014
Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

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Kwesi Appiah went into Monday night's game against South Korea without victory against any Asian opposition since taking charge in April 2012 but hammered the Koreans 4-0 to end the trend.

The 1-0 defeats to Montenegro and Netherlands left the Ghana coach with no victories outside of the African continent and his inability to negotiate victory against two other Asian sides created more rooms for concern.

Kwesi Appiah held Turkey in a 2-2 draw in Istanbul last August and also shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw with China.

However on Monday night, an impressive Ghana side guided by the tactician saw the Black Stars racked in four goals against the Asians.

Substitute Jordan Ayew grabbed a hat-trick to stake his claim for a starting place in a convincing 4-0 win over a sloppy South Korea side in their final World Cup warmup on Monday.

World Cup quarter-finalists in 2010, Ghana scored twice in the first half through Ayew and Asamoah Gyan before the former grabbed two more in the second half for the Black Stars.

Appiah will seek to perpetuate Monday night's fine show with victory over the United States in the Group G opener next Monday in Natal.

Kwesi Appiah's record against European and Asian opponents.

China PR 1 - 1 Ghana

Turkey 2 - 2 Ghana

Montenegro 1 - 0 Ghana

Netherlands 1 - 0 Ghana

Ghana 4-0 South Korea


    June 10, 2014 09:32 am
    Those matches lost were in the opponents' home grounds.
    June 10, 2014 09:34 am
    Dr Akwasi Appiah's team is peaking at the right time. Believe in the silent killer.
  • bawah says:
    June 10, 2014 09:03 am
    Substitute Jordan Ayew grabbed a hat-trick!
  • King says:
    June 10, 2014 07:58 am
    Gsn don't shield Akwesi frm his poor run against the Asians. If uve forgotten, appiah lost 3-1 to japan. Hope uve not forgotten that. Cheap journalism. Check ur facts before u write.
  • Assemblyman says:
    June 10, 2014 07:14 am
    You meet a week coach like yourself with only 5 wins in 16 matches.With all the quality players at your disposal who won the Korean game on individual brilliance,you are thinking of being the best.,Just keep fielding weak links like fatau,Essien and Inkoom in serious matches at the world with that your unknown tactics and your time will come..l