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World Cup 2014: Desailly urges Ghana coach to win over Black Stars dressing room

Published on: 08 April 2014
Marcel Desailly wants Ghana coach to take charge of the dressing room

By Rahman Osman

Follow Rahman on Twitter: @iamrahmanosman

Ghana-born former France captain Marcel Desailly has advised Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah to keep every member of his team happy and hungry for success at the 2014 World Cup finals.

The 1998 World Cup winner has highlighted the importance of esprit de corps in camp for any team to win the biggest football competition in the world.

In recent times Ghana’s camp has been rocked with reports of disunity.

During the build up to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, winger Andre Ayew was withdrawn from the squad after failing to meet the team’s pre-tournament reporting time in Abu Dhabi.

This led to him quitting international football temporarily.

AC Milan ace Sulley Muntari also questioned the tactical competence of Kwesi Appiah after he was substituted during a World Cup qualifier against Lesotho.

Ahead of the World Cup in Brazil, all those disciplinary issues have been dealt.

Desailly says Appiah’s ability to keep his squad united will be crucial in getting the best out of team.

“For me the World Cup always brings me good memories. And this year promises to be another package, I will obviously be rooting for France and Ghana and I feel they both have good chances,” the former AC Milan and Chelsea man told Le Parisien.

“Ghana will need unity and the sense of togetherness which saw them do well in the previous editions.

“When you get to a stage like the World Cup you hardly require any motivation you just need to keep a calm head and the coach has to ensure players feel as one, for me that is the key to success in big competitions.”

Ghana are in Group G alongside USA, Germany and Portugal.


  • Praemonitus, praemunitus says:
    April 08, 2014 09:54 pm
    Kwasi Appiah has many haters. Our dressing room is as good as his coaching predecessors. Pretty much the same. He has even instilled some discipline into the squad by the way some players who taught they were untouchables were dropped during the last AFCON. From where come this assertion?
  • The truth says:
    April 08, 2014 09:36 pm
    Who said the players doesn't respect him?
  • Benny says:
    April 08, 2014 07:49 pm
    Wise person,he did not say,the black stars needs more money or the black stars needs their wives in camp like the utterances of some of our good for nothing ex-footballers. I know it will not happen,but l would love to see Marcel in the Ghana camp.He would be a mega addition than empty talking Stephen Appiah. Keep the players happy,no nepotism and favouritism .That is the key.
  • afrikaba1 says:
    April 08, 2014 09:03 pm
    Unnecessary article just to cause disunity in the dressing room
  • access says:
    April 08, 2014 10:50 pm
    Ghana need unity in the camp..The selection and formation,Becuase Ghana have world class players to will this world cup...
  • spellBOUND says:
    April 09, 2014 12:16 am
    LOL. masa let it go. holding grudges never solved any problems.
  • askantwi says:
    April 08, 2014 11:42 pm
    Desailly should be talking about France football, not Ghana. We don't need him now. When we needed him, he opted for france.
  • spellBOUND says:
    April 08, 2014 10:57 pm
    LOOL massa access, to "WILL" this world cup pas ooo. hahaha. hey if you can't win it, at least u can will it right??? all in good fun mate...
  • spellBOUND says:
    April 08, 2014 10:58 pm
    thats GSN at work..
  • Stranger Danger says:
    April 09, 2014 03:22 am
    And who the hell are you?
  • Papa USA says:
    April 09, 2014 06:10 am
    How is this unnecessary. The guy is just speaking his mind and I think it a great advise. He's just said he need to win over his dressing room and make everyone happy. frankly, that's a big problem with many african coaches. The difference between a coach that wins or get results can simply be judge by how the coach talks to his players and the respect he gives to them. If he thinks he is the boss and he's going to boss them around then that team is doomed. That what many african coaches with their african mentality do. What is wrong with that. spellBOUND, I have always liked and respected your opinions because you've always been on the right side of every single article I have read on here but Masa this one you got it wrong by supporting afrikaba1.
  • Papa USA says:
    April 09, 2014 06:12 am
    He didn't say they don't respect him. Dude where in the article did he talk about disrespect. Understand the english before you comment.
  • Papa USA says:
    April 09, 2014 06:16 am
    At least he played for France and won the world cup as their captain. So now the question is who the freaking hell are you to even ask who he is. He has knowledge about the game, he has been there before and have achieved whatever we are trying to achieve.