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Coach Kwesi Appiah wants more from Ghana against Mali

Published on: 23 January 2013

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has demanded an improvement from his side as they prepare to take on Mali in Thursday's African Nations Cup Group B clash.

The Black Stars began their campaign with a disappointing 2-2 draw against DR Congo, while their opponents beat Niger 1-0 thanks to a late Seydou Keita strike.

"After the first game the technical team and the players were not happy. At the moment, we've psyched ourselves up and we are fully prepared," Appiah said.

"As to any anxiety, we believe it's not going to be easy but we are going to give all our best.

"Mali has got a very good team. We played two games with them during the Cup of Nations last year and this year. They are one of the countries who have won their first game and it shows that they are a very good side.

"We will go out there and give them one of our best games.

"I have had lots of information on them but it is important that we plan our own strategies and make sure that they don't play a different tactic."

Ghana will be without striker Richmond Boakye-Yiadom for the match in Port Elizabeth after he failed to recover from an ankle injury, while West Ham striker Modibo Maiga will feature for Mali after missing their opener with a thigh problem.

Despite victory in their opening match, Mali coach coach Patrice Carteron is wary about facing a side he believes are comparable to one of European football's powerhouses.

"Ghana are the 'Germany' of Africa," he said. "They are always up there at the Nations Cup and, above all, they have a very good mentality, just like the Germans.

"We will, therefore, have to be prepared for a battle against such a team, but our win over Niger has boosted confidence."

Comments

  • african says:
    January 23, 2013 05:26 pm
    This is the head line 2morrow.We can still qualify if or its not in our hands.
  • Zap says:
    January 23, 2013 05:30 pm
    The German coaches dont make Akwasia Appiah's silly mistakes.A coach full of "politics". You wont succeed with your "politics". Be tactical and stop being silly.
  • Jimmy says:
    January 23, 2013 05:40 pm
    Akwasi be s strong person! I believe you can make it...
  • Charles mensah says:
    January 23, 2013 05:45 pm
    God will make a way.
  • yurigagarin says:
    January 23, 2013 06:00 pm
    the only way for u to stop the footballing politics nd u the right guys ie all nd use ur fist choice kepper kwarasey.....dont use d@ dauda nd asa to go to the middle..........dont 4get about the height of de malians........if u change ur tatics then with God we will ceal through otherwise .......u spell ur doom.
  • alfred says:
    January 23, 2013 06:04 pm
    OMG PHOTO OF THE WEEK
  • yopoo says:
    January 23, 2013 06:06 pm
    Coach don't forget the players and the fans also want more from you too.After the 90minutes will know whether you heed to our advice or you are still a confuse politician.
  • yopoo says:
    January 23, 2013 06:11 pm
    Forget about Npp losing the election and do your job the whole world is watching you.
  • KUNG BANMA says:
    January 23, 2013 06:50 pm
    I WISH BLAK STARS GUD LUCK
  • oxygen says:
    January 23, 2013 07:26 pm
    I PRAY DERICK WILL NOT TRY TO DRIBLE UNNECCESARILY,AND DO THE SIMPLE THINGS.GOD BLESS GH.
  • Kumasi says:
    January 23, 2013 07:38 pm
    AA you the best..we believe in you.
  • Frank talk says:
    January 23, 2013 08:19 pm
    If we draw or let alone lose to mali then we're screwd!
  • GhanaWillLose says:
    January 23, 2013 08:22 pm
    I wonder if those players will be making those faces Seidou Keita destroys them with that leathal left foot.
  • GhanaWillLose says:
    January 23, 2013 08:24 pm
    What moderation, just publish my comments sha! Ghan will lose and will be out of this competition
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    January 23, 2013 08:41 pm
    DAUDA, 2.AFFUL, 3.WAKASSO, 4.MENSAH, 5.AWAL, 6.AKAMINKO, 7.ATSU, 8.BADU, 9.RABIU, 10.CLOTTEY 11. KASA….. DONT START GYAN. LET HIM OBSERVE LIKE GEDDO. BRING GYAN FROM THE BENCH TO USE HIS EXPERIENCE TO FEND OFF MALIAN DEFENDERS. GIVE THE CAPTAIN TO BADU.
  • idiami says:
    January 23, 2013 08:43 pm
    Ghana cant qualify.i bet u
  • Words says:
    January 23, 2013 09:23 pm
    Ghana will not only qualify but bring this cup home. I see Atsu exploding 2morow. God bless Ghana and BS.
  • nana says:
    January 23, 2013 09:46 pm
    Akwasi listen to me oo.keep a strong defence,fuild midfield and sharp attack simple.advice dem to use short crips passes.They should keep it simple and use natural left footed player for the left back and not a talented K. Asamoah.Use natural H. Afful is right back since he's excellent at that position because painstil is still not convincing.Use Strong Wakasu who plays excellent defensive midfield role for Espanyol as a replacement for Annan.He's strong and can keep the defensive and offensive midfield very fluid.Local Solomon Asante is very swift and piecing at the 7 position.Coach be courageous and victory shall be ours.1)Dauda 2)H.Afful 3)R.Kiss Boateng 4)Boye 5)Vorsah 6)Wakasu 7)A.Asante 8)Badu 9)Gyan 10)Clottey 11)K.Asamoah
  • Ghanaman says:
    January 23, 2013 09:46 pm
    Foolish Malian donkey!!
  • yopoo says:
    January 23, 2013 09:48 pm
    When I watched Mali playing Niger I got so scared of their qualities dangerous in the air agile on the field am still wondering how we will break their defence.
  • GhanaWillLose says:
    January 23, 2013 09:58 pm
    ghana donkeys
  • Kemp says:
    January 23, 2013 10:48 pm
    We r keepable of doin it ......keep ya fingers crossed we r doin it 2morow
  • Regan says:
    January 23, 2013 11:50 pm
    Can u people coash,pls shut ur mouth n pray 4 ghana n stop insultin our coah,he is makin politics n so wat.pls pray 4 ur country to win de title.gha 3-mali 0 in jesus name Amen!!!
  • Regan says:
    January 24, 2013 12:00 am
    It is a prophesy dat 4abut 30yrs we hav'nt won de cup n i tell de whole nation dat God's time is de best n am telling de nation dat dis is our time n we ae goin to win it..AMEN!!!
  • Traore says:
    January 24, 2013 01:57 am
    Mali only needs a draw in this fixture to progress.I know they'll get a win or draw..who wants to bet i got my $100.00 whoever wishes to lose theirs!!Prediction....Mali 2-Ghana 1.
  • Peace says:
    January 24, 2013 02:04 am
    We pray that Mali wins so that the country can be united especially if we win the cup...God bless Mali!!
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    January 24, 2013 02:05 am
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