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Ghana coach Appiah, captain Asamoah Gyan apologise over World Cup flop

Published on: 30 June 2014
Head coach James Kwesi Appiah and Asamoah Gyan of Ghana speak to the media at Estadio das Dunas

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah and Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan have apologised for their shambolic showing at the 2014 World Cup which saw them finish bottom of their group amid money disputes in the squad.

"We went there to make sure we make the nation proud, and then things didn't happen," Gyan said before a handful of supporters at the airport in the capital Accra.

"What I have to say is sorry to all the fans who were very disappointed in us."

Coach Kwesi Appiah expressed similar sentiments.

"It's really unfortunate, I know Ghanaians love football and would have loved to get much, much further," Appiah said. "I'm very sorry I could not achieve what Ghanaians expected the team to."

Ghana lost its opening Group G match to the United States 2-1 and tied Germany 2-2 in its second match.

Controversy off-the-pitch then further undermined the World Cup effort.

Players demanded that more than $3 million in bonuses be flown to them in Brazil, an embarrassingly public expenditure for Ghana's cash-strapped government.

Before the team's final match against Portugal, the Ghana Football Association kicked key players midfielder Sulley Muntari and striker Kevin-Prince Boateng out of the squad.

The GFA alleged Muntari assaulted a staff member and Boateng insulted Appiah.

Ghana went on to lose to Portugal 2-1.

Ghana went on to lose to Portugal 2-1. Gyan's goal against Portugal in the final game made him the top-scoring African footballer in World Cup history, which the capable striker called "a great achievement."

When asked if his apology extended to the drama in the team's camp, Gyan said it covered "everything."

"At the end of the day, we didn't qualify, so whatever happens on and off the field, we are the people to be blamed," he said.


This article has 12 comment(s), give your comment
  • Sterlingz says:
    July 01, 2014 12:15 am
    Ghanaians let's stand up nd protest against Akwasi Appiah or else doom awaits us. Even Stephen Keshi has just resigned .what is holding Akwasi .
  • Dasaintshy says:
    June 30, 2014 11:42 pm
    The only mistake we have made as Ghanaians is, we have not beaten them up yet, I wish I could organize some people to shine this gfa crooks, too bad am 8000 miles away, I will home in December by God's grace to shine them waa...
  • Red Gold and Green says:
    July 01, 2014 12:01 am
    You speak sense !
  • Bostonman redsox says:
    June 30, 2014 02:48 pm
    Incompetent appiah should go. Corrupt gyan should go. Corrupt animals the whole gfa should go.
  • Bostonman redsox says:
    June 30, 2014 02:55 pm
    Sulley should have slapped all the delegates and coaching stuff. Sulley for president
  • bgees says:
    June 30, 2014 02:55 pm
    Birds if the same feather?
  • jerry says:
    June 30, 2014 03:03 pm
    apology accept but we don't want you to coach our black star all we want from you is to step own or resign but even good coaches has resigned or step down becos they fail to deliver so you are not different from them so resign with your boss who employ you to coach our national team we were all supporting for our own black man to lead us to the world cup or coach our national team later on we find out that you need technical director to help but you as a coach decide you don't need any help you can do but see what disgrace you and your boss has brought to our dear nation enough is enough step side and let a competent coach who knows the game well read the game and make good substitution when the going get tough we should go for foreign coach and lets stop deceiving our selves that black man is capable of managing his own affairs if we can managed our own affairs then there is no point for our coaches to go to abroad and studies from these white people becos we know that white man have the knowledge that's why we send our local coaches to go there to study so we should stop all these brain wash and let our leaders and the whole Ghanaians say the truth our local coaches are not ready yet to coach national team i was thinking that coach kwasi appiah will be given one of our Junior teams to coach or handle to build his confident when he excel then the leaders send him to abroad to go and do attachment on his CV then the leaders can see if he is the right man to give the national team to coach or handle period
  • Benny says:
    June 30, 2014 04:15 pm
    There should be a criminal investigation on All the GFA entourage and AA.Their bank accounts should be checked.AA will have lots to answer regards all the payments from Dauda. Apology for what. AA come to UK to renew your SIA card and continue your security job because primary schools in Ghana would not want you AA as coach.You are pathetic.
  • Kwaps says:
    June 30, 2014 06:54 pm
    AA paaaaa....., apologizing for wht? The only thing to make me happy which is very acceptable is to resign. U have no business in coaching the black stars.
  • Boro says:
    June 30, 2014 07:12 pm
    AA your IQ is very, very low. The way you even answer your questions shows. The BS are at a level that they need an intelligent and world class coach. You lack the technical ability to be coach. With all the investment on you to improve your technical skills you could not show for it in Brazil. Maybe you should try and acquire farm land with your bribe money and start some farming and leave our BS for us ok!
  • Assemblyman says:
    June 30, 2014 07:52 pm
    He even won't pass for a P.E. teacher.
  • gaye says:
    June 30, 2014 08:16 pm
    Stupid coach wit a hypocrite captain in de most useless institution in the world lik de gfa