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Ghana coach Appiah confident of World Cup progress despite defeat to USA

Published on: 17 June 2014
Kwesi Appiah says Ghana can reach the knock-out phase of the World Cup

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says the Black Stars are capable of reaching the knock-out stages of the 2014 World Cup despite their 2-1 defeat to Group G rivals the United States on Monday night.

The Black Stars were stunned after just 30 seconds when Clint Dempsey finished off a great move down the left by weaving through the Africans' defence to beat Adam Kwarasey at the keeper's far post.

Andre Ayew struck an 82nd minute equaliser for the Black Stars but only four minutes later second-half substitute John Brooks headed a late corner through the defence and past Kwarasey to send the huge USA support at Estadio das Dunas wild.

Ghana, quarter-finalists in 2010, now face a huge task to qualify from a group which includes Germany and Portugal. Earlier, Germany thumped Portugal 4-0.

Appiah, the first Ghanaian to coach the side at the World Cup, will lead the squad to play Germany in Fortaleza on June 21.

Appiah looked downcast after Monday's game, but said it's not over yet: "Looking at the performance, we did not do badly. I don't think we disgraced ourselves.

"We still have two games to play, so we're not out of it yet."

Ghana came to Brazil hoping to improve on their performance in 2010 when they narrowly failed to make the semi-finals when striker Asamoah Gyan missed a penalty against Uruguay after Luis Suarez stopped the ball with his hand on the line.

Uruguay went on to win the penalty shoot-out, and later claimed a fourth place finish.


  • Kofi USA says:
    June 18, 2014 12:21 am
    Job of a coach is to motivate players. Klinsman tactically did it, his players bought it, and he won. Another job of a coache is to play to the strength of the team. Ghana's strength is attacking through the midfield. Playing European game of crosses from the right flank did not help because opponents were taller than us and won all high balls. To beat Germany, they'll have to do what USA did: score quickly through a long shot, penalty, and play defense to German attacks, while resorting to counter attack. This is because I don't see how AA will over-coach another German coach.
  • apiangalege says:
    June 17, 2014 08:54 pm
    @JNR,abeg wetin concern Mikel with Bs?You guys always like to throw potshots at people who had nothing to do with you. You cannot hear a Nigerian citing examples of our under performance with the performance of your fumbling over hyped players and team.Inspite of the fact that Ghana team was swerving big time last match you still heard Nigerians switching to their support to them but can you guys do that to a Nigerian team?No,because you re so full of envy and arrogance. Nigeria drew their 1st match while Ghana lost theirs;which is the best scenario you d ve chosen given the choice?I bet you whether they d ve won or drawn if BS was to play the same Iran team Nigeria drew with last night. What has Ghana BS achieved in 40 years?Nothing.But all you hear is brag,boast,fumbling and excuses. Please,everyone should mind their own biz Black stars of Ghana does not sound like Super Eagles of Nigeria.I thought you guys had boasted that you are going to end up as the best African team of this world cup but the way it s looking now,if the world cup was to end right now Ghana will be taking the last spot as the worst Afican team if the results seen so far is used as the yard stick.Nigeria will be 2nd after Ivory coast followed by Cameroun,then Algeria and last and the least Ghana.
  • texas says:
    June 17, 2014 09:15 am
    Nonsense's not about playing badly. It's about results man! Milo asked if beautiful football has won Ghana any trophies, and most Ghanaians did not agree with him. AA you lost the game for Ghana due the useless selection you made, and making players play out of position. To add salt to injury, AA keeps saying little mistakes cost us the game! You call those little mistakes? Fire burn you AA in a professional way. You experimented in an opening World Cup game you are calling this little mistakes?
  • Malcolm X says:
    June 17, 2014 09:19 am
    in fact A.A. is tactically poor, John Boye n Daniel Opare d worst players of d tournament so far,even Kojo Asamoah who played out of position did very well than all d defenders, coming of Kelvin n Essien yielded zero for d team, Kwesi Appiah should learn from d U.S coach who did better substitution n d player give him d last goal. What a heart broken game. I wonder if we can qualify.
  • texas says:
    June 17, 2014 09:20 am
    @ NONI....stephen boko haram Keshi has already collected his dismissal letter. Iran???? Boko haram waiting to slaughter all the super chickens and the big hen Keshi when they return to naija.
  • sharky says:
    June 17, 2014 09:36 am
    Can some tell Kwesi appiah to field this starting 11 against Germany please. 1.KWARASEY 2.INKOOM 3.AFFUL 4.SUMAILA 5.JONATHAN MENSAH 6.AGYEMAN BADU 7.DEDE 8.KEVIN PB 9.ASAMOAH GYAN 10.MAJEED WARIS 11.KWADWO ASAMOAH This should always be the starting 11. If Majeed gets tired in the dying embers of the game, Jordan can replace him. Then Essien or Muntari can also replace Agyeman Badu. Atsu can also replace Kwadwo Asamoah. AA should forget about using Adomah entirely.Afriyie Acquah,Adomah and the rest should be happy about advertising themselves at the world cup by sitting on the bench.That's the way to go.
  • Ghanaman says:
    June 17, 2014 09:39 am
    @jnr accam accam who is accam. The league he plays in no challenge. Be mute and let the doctor do his job. Your opinion is not even worth 2 cedis
  • access says:
    June 17, 2014 09:53 am
    Cool down your temper , Ghana will beat Germany.......If AA start Waris.Aquah KP.Boateng and Badu
  • NONI(9JA 1ST SON) says:
    June 17, 2014 09:11 am
    Close source revealed AKWESI APE-IAH's sack letter has been typed and stamped.... pls someone should confirm the story.....
  • KWEKU BONSAM says:
    June 17, 2014 09:11 am
    I've withdrawn my charms so Ghana is not going anywhere. Kwesi Appiah is just a fool for begging juju from me to use at the WC.
  • JNR says:
    June 17, 2014 08:42 am
    My only issue with you AA is how could you bring on Essien instead of Acquah? Essien came on and slowed the game down when we needed to be moving the ball quicker? Essien plays like Obi Mikel now, they both pass the ball sideways or backwards. Secondly you dropped Accam for Adomah, really??? You have made so many mistakes but this is not the time to talk about them but to rally the team against Germany who i believe we WILL beat them. Please don't start Muntari or Essien but Acquah, Dede, Prince and Rabiu in midfield to counter the German offensive midfielders. Keep believing Black Stars!
  • Politicsuk says:
    June 17, 2014 08:49 am
  • benny says:
    June 17, 2014 08:57 am
    AA is deluded.When l keep criticising AA some people called me a hater.What was Adomah doing on the pitch yesterday. For two years AA could not get his best Eleven.Experiment upon Experiment. Opare should never get the call to the black stars again. Even the goalkeepers,why keep them in the dark until the last minute. It serves The GFA right .Why give a job to a coach who hop from one team to another for ideas. l kept saying our problem is AA.We can still qualify no doubt but has AA got the strategy?. The USA only took their chances thanks to John Boye.AA'S, naivety showed last night.
  • Lovely says:
    June 17, 2014 01:27 pm
    JNR, shut the fuck up. U don't know a damn thing about football. Football is not about running around like cut neck chicken. Rabiu doesn't know how to control the ball in midfield before talking about passes. What do u mean by Essien is slow? professional football is about control and attacking when needed, not running around like empty headed fool. U guys supported the selection of naked neck chickens like Rabiu, Jordan and Opare over experience players and u are here again saying another nonsense...Shut the fuck up and don't post a damn comment here again....asshole
  • lion-fire says:
    June 17, 2014 01:20 pm
    Stop fooling us coach. You are not competent. Accept and ask for help..
  • Boardroom says:
    June 17, 2014 10:38 am
    I still believe in AA,the team played well n iam sure the Germans know that Ghana will play to win . AA is still the best.
  • anokwale says:
    June 17, 2014 10:39 am
    Let us keep it real. The reason he is experimenting is because none of our players are consistent. Simple. He has to change things up. We are all unhappy but let us support the team and hope they can get a win and a draw out of these next two games.
  • JNR says:
    June 17, 2014 10:30 am
    @Ghanaman did you just say be mute? How old are you again? How many times have you given an opinion on here without anyone telling you to shut the fuck up? We are matured adults(or maybe you are still a teen) and can have opinions, it doesn't mean AA will take upon our opinions. Same way your opinion ain't worth 1p over here and you know what we do with 1p? We chuck them away because they are worthless. SMH
  • JNR says:
    June 17, 2014 03:43 pm
    @Lovely did you brush your teeth before responding to me? The cheek of you to talk to me about professional football, really??? Idiots like you hide behind a keyboard to talk tough. What did Essien bring to the side when he replaced Rabiu? Nothing except slow the game down when you are losing, same way Mikel always played. Fools like you thinks they know better just like 24million others. I never vouch for any particular player to be drafted into the team except Accam for Adomah which was justified. Next time you respond to me again take a hard look in the mirror first "keyboard warrior"
  • A concerned citizen says:
    June 17, 2014 11:16 am
    Coach Appiah shot himself in the foot….I told him don’t use fresh “green“players to start but experienced ones and the silent killer did not listen..Why use “hatred” to make your selections? Which means if he coach AA likes you then you will get the nod but if he doesn’t like you his ‘silent killer’ instinct will work on you. The experiments are too now he should have his best 11coupled with experienced…Why do you sit KPBoateng, Essien, Agyemang Badu[good job on qualifying series], Inkoom, Afful..How do you underestimate these guys and field Rabiu and others to experiment…Jordan is good but don’t start him ahead of KPB..introduce him later and he will definitely perform ”try and error”coach???..because Agyemang Badu will not fight back like Sulley .. Akwasi Appiah has always overlook him…why do you think coach Milo prefers Agyeman Badu above coach AA’s favorite Rabiu?.Rabiu is trying his best but not well organized in the midfield ..just “buga buga de karifi” without vision…Badu or Essien just one pass upfront will cause havoc…. Why will coach AA field Muntari and Rabiu who can not hold the ball in the midfield??? ???How many trial or international friendly matches did his darling Opare play? Inkoom has been in “wars” to get experience..African cup of nations..3 world cups now..why leave him for “lazy” Opare? Coach AA must read games properly..why did he bring Adomah his favoritewhen he needed goals or to tighten the midfield…..for what?..just to come and ran??? Why experiment KASAM who is now a playmaker and left Afful? In fact there are more questions than answers…huh.. He should have fielded the experienced players ahead of the young ones and introduce them gradually…Coach AA stop starting the rising stars by heart to kill their confidence because they will be frustrated..just introduce them one by one in the course of the game and they will now what Akwasi is doing just select any 11 for a match? “player competition strategy???..Try to get your first 11 now..I even said use Ghana vrs Egypt set and strategy could have worked but he did not listen…Coach AA..don’t think you have reached levels so you will not listen and become stiff necked….you are a try and error coach so listen to the advise.. All is not lost yet, the Black Stars can arise and shine..They have to pause for a while for a sober reflections and forgive one another for the unfortunate mistakes ASAP…Coach AA must now look beyond favoritism and stop experimenting ASAP and count on experienced to move forward.