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Ghana coach Appiah denies bonus row behind loss to the United States

Published on: 17 June 2014
Coach Kwesi Appiah says the Black Stars have not received some of their monies

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah denied his players' performance in a 2-1 defeat to Group G rivals the United States at the World Cup in Brazil was caused by player unrest but admitted the Black Stars are still awaiting full payment of bonuses.

Ghana 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, admitted Ghana's players had not received all of their bonuses.

But he played down suggestions -- spread by social media -- there was unrest in the camp.

"I'm surprised to hear this," he said.

"I mean, fine. Some of the monies haven't been paid yet, but that has got nothing to do" with their performance.

"If you look at the performance today, it's got nothing to do with money. We created a lot of chances but we didn't take them. But the USA took their chances."

Indiscipline and unrest over unpaid bonus money to players is not uncommon to African teams playing at the world's biggest football tournament.

Cameroon came close to a World Cup boycott a week before boarding the plane to Brazil, after threatening not to travel if certain player demands were not met.

A deal was struck, but the side coached by German Volker Finke fell to 1-0 to Group A rivals last week in Natal.


This article has 15 comment(s), give your comment
  • Bayonet says:
    June 17, 2014 08:48 am
    The Coach did nothing wrong please. You guys must help solve problems rather than pushing blames. Seriously our defense was very poor with the exception of KASA. Moreover, The friendly we played in the USA also caused us because the US Coach really studied our game and lent alot. Kudos to all the players and the US Coach. More Vim #GHBS
  • wee ba says:
    June 17, 2014 07:48 am
    Shame on you dr. Coach akwasi appiah,we saw this coming.if you knew opare will start in this game why didn't you try him in the friendlies? Your tactics is dead.he needs to be sacked clueless coach
  • African Consciousness says:
    June 17, 2014 06:29 am
    Come on guys we are not Cameroun.
  • Emma says:
    June 17, 2014 06:40 am
    This coach was bent on creating his own crop of players and taking credit for them instead of playing what everyone will call the first 11 for Ghana. It has backfired seriously, and he knows that. Now he will try and field what is actually our best 11. But then that may be too late now since we have already lost the much needed 3 points cushion. If he listens to advise and stops fielding the inexperienced youths (Jordan, Atsu, Opare, Rabiu etc} and bring on the likes of Essien, KPB, Agyeman Badu, Inkoom, Waris) I think we may be able to come back for a place in this group. Most important Kwadwo Asamoah should leave that left back and come to the middle. I also think Adomah can handle the right wing if the right midfielders are put in place.
  • Papa Nkrumah says:
    June 17, 2014 07:10 am
  • texas says:
    June 17, 2014 07:16 am
    AA you World Cup is place for experiment....your choice of players caused us the game.
  • texas says:
    June 17, 2014 07:17 am
    Players were positioned wrongly.....
  • evano says:
    June 17, 2014 11:36 am
    Our defence is bad and everybody knowst this, but JOHN BOYE is crap..what the hell is he trying to show off for,.? He if has been vigilant and very focus both goals would have been prevented. Under 30 seconds he allow Dempsey to make useless of him is terrible. .If you re watch the second goal, he was marking Brooks but when the ball came in, he left him for a free header. Too bad Boye.i wouldn't field him in anymore matches.
  • slim says:
    June 17, 2014 01:12 pm
    Playing KA at left back ,leaving out wakaso and Agyemang Badu.Playing players out of positions.Dede,Asamoah and Jordan giving a confusing role as if they all playing top.keeping the same pace/momentum from beggining to the end as if there was nothing at stake. failing to do the right changes. Come on Kwesi Appiah? how can you experiment with a world cup game?.this is the difference bt expatriate and a local coach.Expatriate coach will use the inform players and stick to his plan without any influence.i bet you ,kwesi is trying to make some big guns happy and it backfired.
  • Benito says:
    June 17, 2014 01:41 pm
    Emma if Adomah should play at the right back then you calling for disaster.
  • slim says:
    June 17, 2014 01:21 pm
    AA was fooled by Juve using KA in that defencive role forgeting that Gh plays a diff game plan .Juve plays three back n use him as a surpporting midfield player /attack. Ghana was using him as a left back rendering our playmaker ineffective .Against U.S and playing him at the back? U got to kidding me.U can use him in that role against Portugal to put an extra man on Ronaldo and not U.S .Tweeeaaaaaaaa!
  • Enoch says:
    June 17, 2014 02:37 pm
    Kwasi Appia knows very little when it comes to player selection. He should be fired.
  • Enoch says:
    June 17, 2014 02:41 pm
    Kwasi Appiah knows very little when it comes to player selection. Dadu, KPB, Wasis and Inkoom should have stated the game. I hope he has learned his lessons and will not repeat the same mistake in our next outing. He should be fired after the tournament no matter the outcome of our subsequent games.
  • polla, detroit says:
    June 17, 2014 02:25 pm
    useless coach
  • nhyira says:
    June 17, 2014 10:44 am
    mumu coach u don't know anything