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Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah not scared by in-form Cristiano Ronaldo

Published on: 20 March 2014
Kwesi Appiah

By Rahman Osman follow on Twitter @iamrahmanosman

Ghana head coach Kwesi Appiah insists he is not intimidated by Cristiano Ronaldo’s rich vein of scoring form ahead of their FIFA 2014 World Cup finals clash.

The Black Stars will face Portugal in their final Group G clash on June 26 in Brasilia.

Ronaldo, the reigning FIFA World Player of the Year, has been in swashbuckling form for his club Real Madrid.

The 29-year-old has scored 13 goals in seven games in the UEFA Champions League for Real and leads the scorers chart in the Spanish La Liga.

"We are not preparing for Ronaldo. Not at all we are preparing for all teams because we are not playing only Ronaldo," Appiah said.

"Ronaldo is the world player and there is no doubt that he is critical to the course of the Portuguese team but for us we are not going to be distracted because him.

"I am not bothered because we are playing Portugal because the World Cup is the biggest stage and there are no small team, every team who qualifies has done so on merits.

"We are playing against the best and we can not do anything about that we just have to get ourselves ready."

Ghana open their campaign USA on 16 June, in a repeat of last 16 clash in South Africa four years ago, before taking on the Germany.


  • selorm edwards says:
    April 20, 2014 09:50 pm
    c ro is also a human .yh but i tink gh has a great chance in dis game only if we hve a very gud defence.
  • kwaku says:
    March 20, 2014 10:11 am
    yes coach but you must factor him into the equation...he can win a game on his a battle, its better to aim at a colonel than a lieutenant. portugal revolves around ronaldo and nothing else.
  • Divaro says:
    March 20, 2014 10:48 am
    @kwaku, what you just said is true but that is exactly what will be their downfall, I mean Portugal revolving around Him.
  • Alfred says:
    March 22, 2014 08:56 am
    oh Ghanaians don't be scared of CR remember de Egyptians un beaten record