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Ghana coach Appiah seeking substance over result in pre-World Cup friendly against South Korea tonight

Published on: 09 June 2014
Ghana will play South Korea in Miami tonight

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says he is keen on his players responding to his tactics over and above getting a win over South Korea in tonight's pre-World Cup friendly in Miami.

But the Black Stars boss admits that the Black Stars confidence will be boosted if they secure the win over the Asians in their last friendly before they depart for Brazil for the World Cup.

Ghana football fans are desperate for the Black Stars to win every match they play in but Appiah insists that his key objective in the match against South Korea is the response of his players to his tactics.

“Friendly games are to help you prepare,” Appiah said.

“It’s always good to win as far as your confidence goes. But, on the other side, I’m looking at technically how we play and, in the roles I assign some players, how they perform.”

Both coaches hope for a raised standard of play before next week. South Korea lost 1-0 to Tunisia in its most recent friendly and has lost three of its last four.

Ghana’s lost its last two friendlies by 1-0 scores also, to Montenegro and the traditionally talented Netherlands.

Montenegro, ranked No. 51 in the latest FIFA world rankings but unsuccessful in World Cup qualifying, actually stands six spots ahead of South Korea.

Ghana is 37th. Only Australia, No. 62, languishes lower in the rankings than South Korea among teams that qualified for the World Cup.


This article has 9 comment(s), give your comment
  • Union Leader says:
    June 09, 2014 08:07 am
    Well if you ask me, it's important that you win this one convincingly to ease some of the pressure building up on you. Start today's game with a set of players probable to start against the USA on the 16 th. Team chemistry is crucial . I personally think Atsu have done enough to merit a place in the first 11.
  • 21guns says:
    June 09, 2014 07:37 am
    Masa don't go and make any manyamanya thing biaa oo beat them nyafu nyafu to boost our confidence
  • keith from germany says:
    June 09, 2014 07:38 am
    Fellow Forumites i think it will be unfair to pass judgement on AA now. let us all wait n see how he n the stars performs before passing our judgement. Eventhough im not a big fan of AA i still give him the chance to prove me wrong. even if ghana lose today against the koreans that should not be a cause for alarm. i will rather see them losing all friendly games but rather winning all their wc group games.even 5 points its enough to see them through. I have been a big critic of AA since he took over but i have always criticized him constructively but not destructively. Let us have patient with the coach because after the three group matches we definately know where the team stands. All is not lost.There is hope.
  • kwame says:
    June 09, 2014 01:44 pm
    what is this coach talking about. I will pick a win over tactics any day if u don't win it simply means ur tactics did not wrk dum dum .. if u are technically sound you change up things to neutralize ur opponent if things are not wrking out for u and u do that in order to win so this coach better sit his ass up and stop talking foolishly...
  • silas says:
    June 09, 2014 12:02 pm
    This is not a must win game and Ghana is not in dire need of a win like some of guys you put it. The players should not be pressured to go into useless challenges and injure themselves before the tourney. We should learn form all the key players that out due to these useless friendlies, including our own Akaminko. They should jump out of tackles and preserve their legs for the tournament proper. We don’t need to win this match at all cost.
  • Zac inkoom says:
    June 09, 2014 09:22 am
    Jordan will be the discovery for the blackstars in Brazil
  • zack foreign says:
    June 09, 2014 08:43 am
    Yes,lets rally behind mayele ayele, yeeesssss he can
  • Boro says:
    June 09, 2014 08:53 am
    ÃŽ will be the most grateful if we loose todays match but are able to win our group matches or get results that can help us qualify from our group. I still insist that AA should not feel pressurisesd to start his first team in todays match if whatever selection he put up will help him get whatever preparation, tactics or roles expected from his players as far as he does not name Adomah, Nkoom and Fatau in his starting line up. How I wish Adomah is replaced by Adusei. Yesterday i watched Ghana Holland Match and to be fair with Nkoom he did send two beautiful crosses as oppose to Adomah's one for the entire match. However, in the area of defending Nkoom could not close in even a single attack. In the first have Holland could have scored 3 goals and all the attack came from Nkoom's side (RB) whilst he watches on. In all the three instances i saw him blaming others for his mistakes.
  • Topsey Speaks.... says:
    June 09, 2014 03:40 pm
    I REALLY HOPE IM WRONG but I get the impression that Kwesi Appiah doesnt know what hes doing! The players call him the "The Silent Assassin" do you know why??? 1. Hes not confident in his communications skills (If European journalists fired objective questions at him he would have a panic attack) 2. Tactically he doesnt know what hes doing so Kwesis is trick is either to keep silent about decisions before the game or if a journalist asks him a question he'll give him multiple answers like: “It’s always good to win as far as your confidence goes.” "But, on the other side, I’m looking at technically how we play and, in the roles I assign some players, how they perform.” We played the WC finalists Holland last week. We didnt we win He played a second team which had no chance of winning against Holland The Black Stars hardly put 5 passes together and had no shot on target so it wasnt a technical or a confidence building game And NOBODY IN THE WHOLE OF GHANA KNOWS HOW THE FIRST ELEVEN LOOKS LIKE TOGETHER BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT PLAYED!!! So Kwesi what did we learn and gain? I hope to see AT LEAST 8 first team players against South Korea tonight When asked why he played a second side against Holland Kwesi said "Everybody in a 23 man squad is world class so every player should be able to play the best. "NOT EVERY PLAYER IN THE BRAZIL NATIONAL SQUAD IS NOT WORLD CLASS LET ALONE GHANA!!! Now there are rumours saying that he didnt want to "expose" the first team to the world.... How convenient. In the top footballing nations winning a U20 World Cup does not necessarily qualify you for the National Team job but how Sallas Tetteh isnt the Black Stars coach only God knows. One thing I like about him is that he is confident!!