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Ghana coach expected backlash from fans following disappointing World Cup campaign

Published on: 03 September 2014
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah

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.


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  • james says:
    September 04, 2014 12:22 am
    There is a young but hugely talented Ghanaian boy in Holland called Timothy Fosu-Mensah who used to play for Ajax. He is just 16 years old and has played for the Dutch youth team. Louis van Gaal has just signed him for Manchester United. I think Ghana should do everything possible to bring him to play for Ghana. In three years time, he can still play for our national U-20 team in 2017.
  • Zambia waatete(KOFTOWN) says:
    September 04, 2014 05:25 am
    aboa you go see.
  • Zambia waatete(KOFTOWN) says:
    September 04, 2014 05:29 am
    aboa you go see what will happen to you on saturday
  • P K says:
    September 04, 2014 08:36 am
    Kwesi do u really think we the supporters dont have nothing doing so we will come and waste our time on this ungrateful black stars, we thought they are for us and we are for them, but for them to hijack the state at the Brazil is unforgivable they have disappointed us,,, i hope the stadium will be empty when they play and lose this game,,, i wish to represent my country and be proud of it, you are the only people that any game you play national anthem is pray for on your behalf, players kissing money and even went on to score own goal, selfish people, all should be told to go to hell, we dont care what happen this weekend, i hope that we ill not qualifier,
  • Aleeza Morgan says:
    September 06, 2014 04:24 am
    Always all teams captain try to be able to win their players as soon as possible Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan had to help talk out several of an irate fans from their entrenched stance while in its opening training session when a few fans hooted at the Black Stars. Watch more at