Ghana coach expected backlash from fans following disappointing World Cup campaign
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says he is not surprised by the backlash from the Ghanaian fans ahead of the opening 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Uganda.
The Black Stars are being accorded a relatively cold reception on their return to Kumasi to begin another qualifying campaign.
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan had to talk out some of the irate fans from their entrenched stance during their opening training session when some fans hooted at the Black Stars.
Kumasi had always been a massive haven of support for the Ghana national team but events leading to the Black Stars’ early exit from the 2014 World Cup appear to have infuriated the fans.
But coach Kwesi Appiah understands the backlash being suffered by his team following his side’s failure to meet the huge expectations of the Ghanaian fans in Brazil.
The Black Stars trainer is however urging support for his team as a necessary tool to help the side recover from the disappointment in Brazil.
“Every Ghanaian know there have been several issues after the World Cup and this is not surprising to me,” he said at a press soiree on Wednesday.
“When you go to a tournament and you don’t reach your target, you should expect some backlash and things like that.
“But we always have to find ways to improve ourselves and we have been talking to the players and psyching them up.
“The players need your support to make sure they do well for the nation in these two games.”
Ghana will open its campaign to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations against Uganda on Saturday.
The Black Stars will then make the short trip to face Togo four days after.