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Ghana coach Appiah fires Ivory Coast warning

Published on: 30 January 2013

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says they are ready to battle title favourites Ivory Coast at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations insisting playing Cape Verde could be trickier.

The Black Stars will play debutantes Cape Verde in the quarter-final of the competition in South Africa in the city of Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

With many suggesting that facing the Blue Sharks could be an easy task for the Ghanaians, Appiah has warned against underrating their opponents.

The Ghana coach says he prefers playing Ivory Coast in the last eight over the Cape Verdians because the latter have got unknown quality players who have got nothing to lose.

“We need to respect Cape Verde,” Appiah said.

“They are 100 per cent disciplined. It is not going to be easy. We need to work more to go past them.

"I’ll prefer to meet Ivory Coast than meeting Cape Verde.

"When you are playing a team that has got nothing to lose it’s difficult because there is no pressure on them. That is the fear in me.”

The Black Stars beat Cape Verde 1-0 in a friendly in Portugal in November.

Ghana sealed their a quarter-final clash with the debutants after leading Group B following an emphatic 3-0 win over Niger.

Source: MTNfootball.com

Comments

  • Pito says:
    January 30, 2013 10:38 am
    Wise talk, now you know. Learn a lesson from last year when zambia, then a minnow, scored a late goal against us and there was little time left to do anything cos we had missed chances upon chances from start of the game. Tell our forwards to play as a team for an EARLY goal and we should be fine. Go Gbstars.!
  • killer says:
    January 30, 2013 01:16 pm
    Cape verde are too physical
  • Godbless says:
    January 30, 2013 01:32 pm
    what kinda warning did he fire to the Ivorians. Stop exaggerating things. Ghana for Gold.
  • FreshBoysInTheBuilding says:
    January 30, 2013 02:32 pm
    A coach expressing fear??? Wow..
  • OB says:
    January 30, 2013 02:52 pm
    Fear indeed, The Elephants all the way 4 d trophy.
  • zambia is our toilet hole says:
    January 30, 2013 03:15 pm
    MAN,I PERSONALLY DON'T GIVE NO SHIT TO ZAMBIA FOOTBALL.THEY CAN LOOSE TILL THE END OF THIS WORLD.FOOLISH ZAMBIANS.TWAT.
  • African Consciousness says:
    January 30, 2013 03:17 pm
    Coach Appiah be careful your choice of words, I know you did not mean fear, because "the thing to fear is fear itself". You have to have no fear and translate that to your players. I know you do not believe in the FIFA ranking table due to the many upsets when it comes to such tournaments but please use it to motivate your players. Ghana is ranked 26 and Cape Verde is ranked 70 so they are not in the same league as Ghana. Instill confidence in yourself and your players not fear. You have some of the best players on the continent in your squad if you position them wisely, use the right formation, the right substitution, practice hard and bring out the best in your team then you will have no fear but will be oozing confidence. I know you want your team to get the job done on the field and not underrate Cape Verde but please do not talk about "the fear in you" because you are taking these lads all the way to the finals and will win it. The players are ready they just need your courageous leadership. You are the right man for the job so get it done with love not fear! Long live Ghana. Elevate African football.
  • Blow says:
    January 30, 2013 06:07 pm
    Wise talk Appiah, Cape Verde won't be Easy. A lost will be a disaster so prepare as if your life depends on the outcome of the match.
  • Chu says:
    January 30, 2013 07:14 pm
    I thought proffesionals work in GSN. What is the warning in that. Shame
  • Zambia can neva host afcon says:
    January 30, 2013 11:09 pm
    GSN BECAREFUL OF UR WORDS
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    January 30, 2013 11:25 pm
    GH WILL BEAT CAPE VERDE BY 2 GOALS OR MORE. AA, SHOULD HUMBLE HIMSELF, AND GET HIS PLAYERS TO PRACTICE AT DAWN OR DUSK N STOP SAYING HE WANTS TO MEET THIS OR DAT. LOOK AT THE PATH WE R TAKING TO THE FINAL. THIS WILL BY FAR BE THE EASIEST ROUTE GH HAS EVER TAKEN TO WIN A TROPHY. AA, SHUT UP AND DONT GET FAZED BY THE MEDIA ATTENTION. WE R NOT FAVORITES. IVORY COAST ARE...