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Ghana coach points to tactical indiscipline for draw

Posted On Monday, 21st January 2013

Kwasi Appiah

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says loss of concentration cost the Black Stars an opening win at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Appiah’s side threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with DR Congo in their Group B opener at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

Ghana had taken the lead through Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu in the first half and Kwadwo Asamoh’s second half header.

But Tresor Mputu Mabi and Dieumerci Mbokani were on the scoresheet for the Leopards to level the score.

“I have learnt a lot of lessons from it and you know normally when you are leading by two goals you have to go all out, you don’t need to relax along the line,” Appiah said at Sunday’s press conference.

“I believe there was some small tactical indiscipline which we will try to address.”

Ghana will face Group B leaders Mali on Thursday before wrapping up their first round activities with a tie against Niger.

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  1. gentle john says:

    what is he talking about?he is not a good coach period

    • lalasu says:

      Go n coach the team, talkatives

      • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

        KEYS TO WIN AFCON!
        IF THIS SQUAD WANTS TO WIN. DO THIS, AA.
        NO TIRI MU D3 OR COMPLACENCY, PLS
        1. NO SEX, NO PORNO MAGAZINES
        2. LIFT METAL. INCORPORATE WEIGHT LIFTING INTO YOUR TRAINING REGIMENT.
        3. PRACTICE AT NIGHTIME. CORNER KICKS, PENALTIES, FREE KICKS. THIS IS WAT KOBE BRYANT, THE NEGRO BASEBALL PLAYERS, BARRY BONDS, MICHAEL JORDAN,
        ARTHUR ASHE DID. IF U CAN HIT A BASEBALL OR TENNIS BALL AT NITE, SINK FREE THROWS WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED. THEN WHAT WILL BE THE ODDS WHEN U
        HAVE TO HIT THE SAME BALL IN THE DAYTIME?
        3. ADOPT THE 532 FORMATION. PLAY BREAK AND PASS SOCCER. 2/3 TOUCHES. TRIANGLE STYLE ATTACK LIKE BARCELONA!
        TRIANGULAR PASSING AND MOVING WITH THE BALL
        4. PSYCHOLOGY: HANG A PICTURE OF THE 1982 SQUAD THAT WON THE TROPHY IN YOUR HOTEL ROOMS. IF U SEE THE PIC LONG ENUFF, U WILL BELIEVE U CAN WIN THE TROPHY.
        5. THE BOYS HAVE TO PLAY WITH SUPREME CONFIDENCE LIKE SUPERMAN N TRUST EACH OTHER. FEAR IS AN ILLUSION….
        DO THIS AND VICTORY WILL BE OURS!
        6. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.
        7. HAVE DESAILLY ON SPEED DIAL
        8. BAN NYANTAKYI FROM GETTING CLOSE TO THE TEAM IN TRAINING CAMP. NYANTAKYI SHOULD BE IN GH. LOOKING OVER THE PREMIER LEAGUE AND MAKING SURE GH
        SOCCER IS ALIVE AND WELL, DEVOID OF ANY BAFOONERY. WAT IS HE DOING WITH THE TEAM IN SAUDI ARABIA? HE IS A HUGE DISTRACTION
        9. FYI: NO COORDINATED DANCES UNTIL GH REACHES THE FINAL, PLS. WE MEAN BUSINE$$.
        10.DEREK BOATENG SHOULD STOP HIS STUPID BACK PASSES. WE PLAY TO SCORE
        11.LET YOUR OFFENSE BE YOUR DEFENSE! LET YOUR OFFENSE BE YOUR DEFENSE! LET YOUR OFFENSE BE YOUR DEFENSE!
        THIS IS YOUR JOB DEREK BOATENG
        A. BREAK/STOP ATTACKING ADVANCES OF OPPONENTS INTO THE GH HALF
        B. RELEASE THE BALL TO THE WINGERS OR THE $TRIKERS AND REST. I REPEAT, NO BACK PASSES!
        11. KWARASAY/FATAU MUST WORK ON HIS RELFEXES. KEEP UR EYE ON THE BALL IF U WANT TO CATCH IT!
        IF U CANT SEE IT, U CANT SAVE IT!
        12.TRAIN AT DAWN OR AT NITE…

    • Big mouth says:

      Akwasi Apppiah, please i beg you in the name of Jesus that Kwadzo Asamoah is too good to be kept at lateral defense. He is the only ‘ball joggler’ we have on our side besides Dede who could not make it. For once that K. Asamoah surged forward, we had a goal. Asamoah Gyan needed a lot of help upfoot and it was obvious that K.Asa could just be the right candidate on that left flange supplying Gyan with all of those balls. Experience is paramount for the success of every team in the cup of nations. We had too many debutants…John Painstil is too rusty to be commanding a starting place. Next game, Vorsah comes in for Akaminko, Kissi Boateng in place of K. Asamoah who then moves up-field and Afful in place of John Painstil. As for Painstil, his experience is not even showing and he has absolutely nothing to offer. Besides, i hate his Agyakoo look.
      I hope AA goes back to watch the tape so that we can being the best out of Kwadzo Asamaoah.

      • Jaja says:

        People, stop complaining about KASA! He never scored nor gave assists when he played in the midfield. Now that he scores and gives assists as a left-back, people start complaining he should be in the midifield again. He shines as a left-back, so leave him there!

        • Diogenes says:

          A great American Football coach once said that ‘if something works, don’t change it’. It was very clear that Kwadwo Asamoah was most productive playing in that position. All that AA has to do now is to find another player to ‘fill the gap’ when KASA attacks. Ghana conceded 2 goals because they did not defend properly.

  2. Mojahadine says:

    What a joke coming from a national coach “you know normally when you are leading by two goals you have to go all out, you don’t need to relax along the line,”. This guy wants to tell us this after the fact. This shows how incompetent he is.

    There is always going to be excuses from this guy after a loss. His days are numbered.

  3. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    FATAU PLAYED WELL. HOWEVER, I WAS SUPRISED HE COULDT READ THE BODY LANGUAGE OF THE DR CONGO PENALY KICK TAKER. Mbonkan LOOKED OVER TO HIS LEFT 3 TIMES BEFORE HE TOOK THE PENALTY. SO U HAVE TO KNOW THAT HE WILL SHOOT RIGHT, AND HE DID. FATAU MUST LOOK FOR SUCH BODY LANGUAGE SIGNS AND HE UST KEEP HIS EYE ON THE BALL. IF U CAN SEE THE BALL, U CANT GRAB IT.

  4. Mojahadine says:

    What a joke coming from a national coach “you know normally when you are leading by two goals you have to go all out, you don’t need to relax along the line,”. This guy wants to tell us this after the fact. This shows how incompetent he is.

    There is always going to be excuses from this guy after a loss. His days are numbered. So he did not even know that when you lead by at least two goals, you play defense. unbelievable.

    • Diogenes says:

      This is psychology: as soon as you score 2 goals, your opponent will react forcefully to equalize, all you need to do is to KEEP POSSESSION till your opponent’s adrenaline surge subsides. Then you can score more goals. If you cannot keep possession then try to defend till the opponent’s attack machinery becomes frustrated and wanes down. This whole system is intellectual, its a thinking system, you either have it or you don’t. Can one be taught? maybe some of it. Sometimes the CAPTAIN on the field of play can help engineer some of these ideas if the coach sucks!!! Gyan does not come across as that kind of leader. I wonder if Gyan really cares about the big picture…it looks like he is looking out for himself….I feel sorry for Ghana…..a shining beacon being consumed by mediocrity!!!

    • Gimli says:

      What Ghana played right after 2-0 was passive defense. They all took positions just outside the 18yard box and the opponent easily punished them. The central midfielders didn’t provide much of assistance to the side backs, Paintsil is an ex footballer and Kwadow don’t know how to play the position, so, in the blink of an eye, 2-0 became 2-2. If anyone wants to see what is aggresive defense, with covering spaces and changing positions, they have to look at Tunisia’s game. They were flawless against Algeria.

  5. Troy says:

    Yeah the Team tactical play fucked up.

  6. Biggie says:

    Akwasi Appiah u better bring the cup or fire go burn u.

  7. Ghanas Son says:

    Because Akwasi Appiah was advised to be firm, he is eliminating his enemies from the team. He is just a confused coach who lacks basic understanding of the game.
    He expected magic to happen instead of playing a tactical game… starting the game with less experienced players. FUNNY COACH

  8. joe says:

    tel me if adomah or dereck is better dan quincy? asamoah gyan is a finish product n is abt time gh hav 2 hunt 4 a new striker. n john paintsil, akaminko n even john boye himself hav 2 pack aside. only dauda,k asamoah n badu wer efficient. never play 1 top wit a flop striker period n start atsu from d bench.

  9. kk says:

    IF TUNISIA WERE LEADING BY TWO GOALS AND YOU CAME
    FROM BEHIND TO BEAT THEM FOUR -TWO,YOU COULD EARLIER IMAGINE IF YOU ARE LEADING,HOW TO DEFEND AND SCORE MORE IF POSSIBLE

  10. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    JAMES APPIAH..MUAHAHAHAHAAAA. WA BON S3 MOMONI
    GO N GET A DENTIST TO TAKE OUT ALL 4 OF YOUR WISDOM TEETH. JAMES APPIAH IS CONFUSED AND CLUELESS. CANT PUT HIS FOOT DOWN ON ANYTHING. MAXWELL KONADU IS THE MAN HELPING HIM WHILES JAMES APPIAH TAKES ALL THE CREDIT. JAMES, IF U ARE CLUELESS, JUST ASK ME FOR IDEAS. FOLLOW MY POSTS ON GHSOCCERNET AND YOU WILL BE SUICCESSFUL…

  11. kwame pito says:

    The lads did well but a few mistakes at the back cost us. it could have been worse. now if we loose to mali we are out! becos congo will definately beat niger, and play a draw with mali in their last game.

  12. yurigagarin says:

    appiah tatically bankrupt….nd he is not dare yet….he dosen,t know anything…….he just hate some of best players….his is so stupid….to have left out some of his best players out of the squad……u dont know anything.

  13. Dede says:

    Leave the coach alone you MORONS

  14. obbie says:

    Ghana still dream of beating Zambia with that team. My team Zambia is too strong for Ghana. If we meet Ghana, it will be holiday in a park. Chipolopolo iyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Chipolopolo says:

    Thank God there is no Jordan and Adede, this time its Zambia 3 v 1 Ghana a repeat of 2012 semi. There is confusion in all west african teams. Cup remains in Southern Africa with Zambia or DRC.

  16. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    TRAIN AT DAWN OR AT NITE…

  17. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    MENTALITY!
    AA MUST TAKE HEED TO MY ADVICE IF HE WANTS TO LIFT THE TROPHY
    1. Get your tactics right. TRAIN AT DAWN OR AT NITE
    2. keep clean sheets in every single game.
    3. STRIKERS/attackers win you a match, DEFENDERS win you a tournament.
    4. Make sure youR TEAM N PLAYERS are disciplined
    5. Treat your players with respect. motivated all the players like their big brother.
    6. Get the best out of your most talented players. THEY MUST PUT IN MORE WORK. MORE TRAINING, MORE LIFTING METAL
    7. Don’t complain about the facilities
    8. TRUST EACH OTHER
    9. SIMPLICITY AND SPEED WINS. TRUST ME…!!!
    BREAK AND PASS SOCCER, 2/3 TOUCHES PER PLAYER AT ALL TIMES. TRIANGLE OFFENSE/ATTACK
    10. DO AWAY WITH COMPLACENCY/TIRI MU D3, PLS….U HAVENT WON THE TROPHY YET, SO WHY ARE U RELAXING WITH A BIGHEAD?

  18. yopoo says:

    I never expected the coach to talk like this why is he trying to blame the players?I thought he picked his best for the tournament? If Appiah is wise enough he could have seen that this is the best they can do couz they are inexperience.don’t try and be like Morinoh when he lost is either his player or the referee who did something wrong.you should have told your uncle Nyantekyi that the black stars is too big for you even your face doesn’t give me enough hope what a pity.

  19. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    AA, WHY R U SO HARDHEADED. U WILL PAY DERARLY FOR YOUR HARDHEADEDNESS OOO JAMES AA APPIAH. ARE U STUPID OR WAT? AFFUL IS NOT A LEFT BACK. KASA IS NOT A LEFT BACK. AFFUL ALWASY PLAYS RIGHT BACK FOR HIS CLUB, HAS HELPED THEM EARN TROPHIES. KASA IS A LEFT MIDFIELDER. LOOK AT HOW THE LEFT WAS LEAKING OVER AND OVER? AH, AA DONT U HAVE EYES AND A BRAIN?
    USE WAKASSO OR KISSI BOATENG FOR THE LEFT BACK. THIS IS WHAT THEY R GOOD AT. SEND ATSU TO THE RIGHT WING AND ALLOW KASA TO OPERATE AS AN ATTACKING MIDFIELDER OPERATING FROM THE LEFT. THIS IS SIMPLE, COMMON SENSE. START AFFUL OR AKAMINKO ON THE RIGHT FULL BACK. PAINSTIL MUST COME FROM BENCH. AWAL AND JONATHAN MENSA MUST START. JONATHAN MENSA MUST START AT ALL TIMES. HE MUST BE THE ORGANIZER IN DEFENCE TO REPLACE JOHN MENSAH.

  20. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    STARTING 11…
    FATAU
    2..AFFUL/AKAMINKO
    3. WAKASSO /KISSI BOATENG
    4/5..JONATHAN MENSHA/AWAL/ BOYE/VORSAH/AKAMINKO
    6..ANNAN/RABIU/DEREK BOATENG
    7..ATSU/ADOMAH
    8..BADU/KASA/YIADOM/DEREK BOATENG
    9/10..GYAN/CLOTTEY/YIADOM

  21. Prophet of doom says:

    I see black stars fallen from heaven

  22. Dr Who says:

    The coach should let Kissi Boateng play the left,push KASA to the left of midfield.Tactically start Atsu from the bench.Vorsah should replace Akaminko because of the height of Malian striker Cheick Diabete.We will beat Mali.

  23. Prophet of doom says:

    BREAKING NEWS : Ghana will not make it out of that group

  24. real sabacious says:

    come down guys!AA has created enimies for himself but i dont think he deserves the insult and abuse.indeed he’s clueless as some of u guys are saying but his man management is what is really causing him!the best he should have done concerning Dede issue, is to let him join the team and bench him in the congo match instead of dropping him from the team entirely.once again he got his selection wrong as well.its clear the coach doesnt have confidence on kissi boateng but yet he decided to pick him ahead of established leftbacks like nana akwasi and david addy,we all knows what happened to di matteo when he decided to bench torres against juve.AA must to the honourable thing if he fails to pass the quarter final.i think this selection against mali will do much better than the one against congo
    (keeper)Fatau(2)Akaminko,(3)wakaso(4)Boye(5)jonathan/vorsah(6)Annan(7)Adomah(8)Badu(9)Gyan(10) Atsu(11)K.Asamoah.for the sake of Ghana lets all support team and reserve our anger for this decision taken to pleased some selfish individuals for now!

    • Kay says:

      Wrong selection. Why do you start your first game with 4 rookies when you have experienced players on the bench?
      TP Mazembe drew with Black Stars? Mputu who couldn’t win it for Mazembe made nonsense of our defense?
      How I miss John Mensah.

      • TT says:

        Clottey was even better than Mputu. AA should be blamed, no strategy and bad formation. We have Kissi and Afful but played KA at the left back for the whole 90 minutes? I felt sorry for KA and Wakaso after their hard work Ghana couldn’t win.

  25. zambia says:

    I WISH GHANA ALL THE BEST IN THE REMAINING GAMES, BEST. BUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SONS OF ABEDE PELE?

  26. About 9 defenders but yet, Kwadwo Asamoah z playing defends. Painstil has lost his form.
    Dis how am expecting against Mali
    1Dauda
    2Afful
    3Kissi Boateng
    4John Boye
    5Isaac Vorsah
    6Anthony Annan
    7Christian Atsu
    8Derek Boateng
    9Asamoa Gyan
    10Agyeman Badu
    11Kwadwo Asamoah

  27. Chu says:

    How many times does Derek have to dissapoint before donkey plays him other than the holding midfield. This coach is really a ball boy. After scoring 2 goals, what prevents you from introducing Annan. Then after the equaliser you bring a defensive midfielder. You a real tactically bankrupt ballboy. You even need to be benched

  28. Zambia says:

    Sit back n relax and watch the African champions 2de.blacked out stars

  29. okeke okafor says:

    how come no one mentioned about wakaso’s importance to this team, deadly left foot and crosses always on point…good player for the future

  30. selfmade says:

    I always hear of tactical indiscipline only when local coaches are handling the black stars why??? When white coaches comes,tactical indiscipline vanishes why?? Viva the revolutionciiiooooooooooo!!!

  31. dadaba gonshots says:

    Hhaaha, where are all those who thought AA was Pep G when we won against Egypt and Tunisia? I said this man is Technically Bankrupt, He doesnt Know JACK! I hate to say this, and this early, I TOLD YOU SO! Some people referred to me as a confused man etc. when I aired my views on this Coach who was using his heart to coach instead of his head. Now we the BS is a laughing stock. Now who is confused? Crap of a coach. Sack him and his cronies at the GFA NOw. Crooks.

  32. Tribalistic appiah says:

    AA is clueless he too sentimental we could feel the absence of dede in the team no creativity and no one to disturb the dc defenders jordan and dede are not good AA yet they are winning in their club what a clueless coach.

  33. Kilo says:

    Which good coach will sack his best player and put the second best in Defence when he knows he is a playmaker. He simply is confused.





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