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Ghana coach Appiah talks about his preparation for the World Cup

Published on: 09 May 2014
Kwesi Appiah is preparing to name his squad on Monday.



Ghana remains one of the most capable African teams on the international stage, having won the U20 World Cup in 2009 and reaching the last eight at the 2010 World Cup.

With the World Cup almost a month away, caught up with the former Asante Kotoko left back, Kwesi Appiah, to find out about his preparations ahead of the showpiece. Any plans ahead of Brazil?

Appiah: We will be playing Holland on the 1st of May and against South Korea later in the USA. We may play some small teams along the way.

We have a farewell game that will be staged as soon as we begin camp on the 20th of this month. It is a chance for the Black Stars to say goodbye to the Ghanaian fans.

Once you qualify, the next step is preparations. From day one you put everything in place and the most important one is off the pitch, where you check the weather, training ground, camping, lodging, the logistics part is very important and you have to keep an eye on your players to make sure they are in good shape. What do you make of your group opposition?

Appiah: All teams in our group are strong but we can’t fear them because our qualification demonstrates our ability and potential. We play Germany, USA and Portugal in our group but we did get this far and we can’t underrate or overrate any team, the game has come of age and it’s any man’s game.

If you have qualified for the World Cup and you fear your opponents then you might as well not go for the competition. How far can they get?

Appiah: I believe we have good talented players and speaking to them they are eager to make a name and leave an impact. Ghanaians have a thing in themselves,once they get on the pitch, they would prove themselves and I believe they will go very far. When will we get to know about the travelling team?

Appiah: We plan to let Ghanaians know the squad on Tuesday since the deadline is on Wednesday.

For some reason people have been making up their names and their own squads but until I reveal, the ones out there are fake. There have been accusations, that your decisions have been influenced in the past, any word on this?

Appiah: Since I took over the job I have been my own man. If you let someone influence your decision, they won’t respect you. You do things your own way when in charge of the team and if they don’t work out you become responsible for the consequences. If they do you take the honours. First local coach to take Ghana to their third World cup, your comment?

Appiah: It is important for African FAs to support local coaches. It is great that our FA believed in me and it is helpful for young coaches who are plying the trade because it motivates them and they can actually graduate to being a head coach one day. What do you make of other African representatives in the World Cup?

Appiah: I think all the countries that have qualified are good and we have sent out strong countries to the World Cup. It will be one full of surprises and I know all the representatives will do well in the tournament.


This article has 13 comment(s), give your comment
  • aconcagua says:
    May 09, 2014 07:00 am
    there is still this silent cry of the pain of the quarterfinal elimination at the hands of the celeste in some souls...only a descent blend of the right materials can ensure emotions are not again badly tossed out of control. The tools to him who can use....France 1998 taught me that the wc is not won by a star studded team but by the team which has the richest togetherness and unity..blend this team with the best of your resources and with your enviable footballing culture you could surprisingly but easily be the world champions come july.
  • Benny says:
    May 09, 2014 09:04 am
    spellBOUND regards the too many adverts,it is the only way GSN can recoup returns on their investment.Obviously we come on GSN to air our views free of charge.Somebody has to get paid to fish for the news.Even though it gets annoying sometime but it's like a bitter pill,you lamp it or hump it.Bless bruv.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    May 09, 2014 09:11 am
    @queshie.say it again my brother.
  • Divaro says:
    May 09, 2014 09:40 am
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  • spellBOUND says:
    May 09, 2014 03:46 am
    the right selection according to whom?? i keep hearing this "RIGHT" selection talk. masa, don't hold ur breath for the right selection: for everyone has their own perception of what the right selection is, and in no universe are they all the same... it doesn't matter what AA does, he will disappoint some, and make some happy. FACT! BTW GSN, this new site design isn't bad, I see u were going to the simplified look, but there are still WAY TOO MANY advertisement....
  • access says:
    May 09, 2014 01:48 am
    Brave heart Dr AA the 24 millions plus coach are on your side.....Confident Dr AA will win this world cup for all black man and Africa.Brazil,the African black stars are coming.....
  • yaw2 says:
    May 09, 2014 02:00 am
    If AA can make the right selection and right formation i think Ghana have the players who no how to win world cup....Ayew,Badu,Opare,Inkoom,Jonathan,David Addy and Rabiu in Ghana squad ,,,,nothing short than the cup or Dr AA must goooo....
  • Queshie says:
    May 09, 2014 02:23 am
    AA were tired of waitiing for cup in Ghana ,please give us this one.
  • Boro says:
    May 09, 2014 03:02 pm
    Ei 1st may paa? The only 1st may i know is yet to come and if my memory serves me right the tournament would have been over! Hahahahaha
  • Relax says:
    May 09, 2014 03:27 pm
    goodman AA
  • spiritism says:
    May 09, 2014 12:47 pm
    Let's leave all to God the most High hmmm and pray without ceasing.
  • david too says:
    May 09, 2014 12:40 pm
    i have faith in ghana and trust me they will get to the final 4.they have a good tactician in appiah.
  • 21guns says:
    May 09, 2014 10:54 am
    Ghana will be the only country that can make it out of the group stage