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Black Stars must show hunger in Malawi - Ghana coach Appiah

Published on: 09 October 2012

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says his players to show hunger when they face Malawi on Saturday as they bid to qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Black Stars play the Flames in the reverse fixture of the final round qualifier on Sunday in Lilongwe with the winner on aggregate over two legs reaching next year's finals in South Africa.

Despite leading by a 2-0 advantage from the fist leg, Appiah is calling on his selected Black Stars team to show they are ready to “become champions.”

"I admit we face a decisive fixture on Sunday and I expect of my team to be able to rise to the occasion," Appiah said.

"I've called up a team that I trust will be capable of qualifying us to the next Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa. We will have to be very serious with our preparations as our opponents still have a chance just like we do."

Ghana's team will train in the Kenyan capital until Friday when they leave for Lilongwe where the match will be played.

Appiah feels the Black Stars have everything to prove as they hope to pick their place in the competition and chase for the title.

"For the Ghanaian, qualifying is a must and we must deliver that and prove that we have a chance to become champions," said.

"I know that we are leading from the fist leg but that result is nothing now. We are starting from scratch and every player must be prepared to fight for a win.

"For them, aside ensuring that Ghana qualifies, they are also playing for their places and that should spur them on to be at their best always."

Ghana are four-time African champions.

Comments

  • eben says:
    October 10, 2012 08:51 am
    We have a problem at the right back so please communicate this message to the coach that he must make new players out these good crop of players, I mean to suggest that a player like Jonathan Mensah must be tried at the right back becos he very good so we will be at peace with our dddedefence.
  • KWAME PITO says:
    October 10, 2012 07:41 am
    See how a zambian trying to pretend as a malawian disgraces himself. He forgets it is Ghana vs Malawi. not liberia.
  • Vim says:
    October 10, 2012 06:30 am
    who's talking about world cup here @proudlymalawian ? u zambians b hiding behind nigerian n malawian names n be saying trash! just pray that zambia qualifies for the afcon n the world cup, else, you would regret ever opening that plaque filled big mouth of urs
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    October 10, 2012 05:30 am
    CLOTTEY IS TIRED IN TERMS OF STRIKERS, AA NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND THAT CLOTTEY IS PROLLY TIRED BY NOW. WARRIS PLAYS IN A VERY WEAK SWEDISH LEAGUE. PROLLY EVEN WEAKER THAN THE MLS. AA SHOULD HAVE CALLED AFFUM, BOAKYE YIADOM TO PLAY ALONGSIDE GYAN. START DEDE OVER KWADWO ASAMOAH IN ATTACKING MIDFIELD. ATSUN ON THE LEFT, ABEYIE ON THE RIGHT. ANNAN/WAKASSO IN 6. AFFUL/OPARE FOR THE 2, AND DAVID ADDY/NANA ASARE FOR THE 3. GET THESE GUYS TO LIFT METAL. I DONT SEE ANY TEAM IN AFRICA BEATING SUCH A SQUAD.
  • Analyst says:
    October 10, 2012 02:07 am
    This game is going to a shoot-out n guess who's gona miss dat spot to S.A!
  • Liberia says:
    October 10, 2012 02:09 am
    liberia 2-ghana 0.
  • Ohene says:
    October 09, 2012 11:25 pm
    What has your country done at the world cup?
  • Young says:
    October 09, 2012 09:21 pm
    Are you serious? "we've been there before, with no positive results"? really? Wow, you must not have watched our exhibition during the world cup or the last 2 african cup of nations. Everyone respects Ghana in Football, just ask your parents.. #real talk
  • Kojo` says:
    October 09, 2012 08:46 pm
    Others go to the world cup and disgrace Africa. the mafia should come up in Kumasi. we would qualify to the world cup. mark it.
  • Proudly Malawian says:
    October 09, 2012 06:50 pm
    The biggest problem with Ghanaians is that you play a game before it is played. With them, they have already beaten Malawi in Lilongwe. The repurcation is that they fail to accept the results of the actual game when they loose, hence the animosity and rudeness exhibited when they lost to Zambia in Ndola. Come on guys, sober up. Ghana going to the world cup? my foot! They have been there before, but very little positive action. Now, let others go.
  • Robb says:
    October 09, 2012 05:48 pm
    Fire Akwasi Appiah if he failed this mission. This is one of greatest squad we have at the moment. Wakaso with Warris must play 90 minutes, they are very strong, full of determination and hungry for success. The duo would get the job done for Ghana. Atsu, Dede and Gyan would be heavily marked, therefore we need neutral guys like Wakaso and Warris to do the damage. This is the truth.
  • Dr Who says:
    October 09, 2012 05:31 pm
    We need determined & committed players who are ready to die for Ghana on the pitch against Malawi not those who will preserve their legs for their european clubs.That is the only way we can overcome the flames.Kwadwo Asamoah,in particular, should either exert himself or be replaced with a more determined player.We cant afford to miss CAN 2013.
  • Blow says:
    October 09, 2012 04:50 pm
    Select players who don't have injury concerns and discipline must be uphold by the players before,during and after the game. Good luck!