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Ghana coach unperturbed by dodgy Mbombela AFCON pitch

Posted On Monday, 4th February 2013
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says the Black Stars must cope with the sandy and bumpy field at the Mbombela Stadium when they meet Burkina Faso in the semi-final of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday.

Kwesi Appiah wants to play in Mbombela

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says the Black Stars must cope with the sandy and bumpy field at the Mbombela Stadium when they meet Burkina Faso in the semi-final of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday.

The Stallions have a huge advantage over Ghana on the ragged and much-criticized field in Nelspruit as they have already played four matches on the pitch including the group phase.

The sandy and bumpy field at the Mbombela Stadium is from the lush surface in Port Elizabeth where the Black Stars has played all its games so far in the competition in South Africa.

Seeking to end a 31-year wait for a title for one of Africa’s top teams, coach Kwesi Appiah won’t have the advantage of previous experience at Mbombela at this tournament — unlike Ghana’s opponents Burkina Faso.

However, the Mbombela Stadium surface promises to be an uncomfortable experience for the skilful Ghanaians.

“The pitch doesn’t look good but at the end of the day we haven’t got much choice,” Appiah said Sunday.

“You just have to go there, have a look at it and try and manage it.

“We’ve watched other teams playing on that pitch and that is one of our concerns,” Appiah said.

“Even the training pitch we are using at the moment (in Port Elizabeth), it looks even better than where we are going,” he added.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium field in Port Elizabeth has helped Ghana’s slick passing game, allowing its team of quick and talented youngsters to play.

Burkina Faso has made the last four for the first time on foreign soil by flooding the midfield and shutting down more expansive teams on the Nelspruit sand.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. jimmy says:

    Love it ! Otherwise it will not support you!

    • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

      Don’t complain about the facilities!

      gh 3 vs burkina 0
      GYAN, OMOTUO TUO ZAAFI STRIKER!
      someone tell gyan that TO BE AN EFFECTIVE STRIKER. HE MUST HAVE HIS BACK TURNED TO THE GOALIE.
      GYAN NEVER TURNS HIS BACK TO THE GOALIE. INSTEAD, HE RUNS SIDEWAYS TO THE LEFT/RIGHT…..NO WONDER HE CONTINUES TO BE LESS EFFECTIVE
      THUS FAR IN THIS TOURNAMNT. GYAN HAVE UR BACK TURNED TO THE GOALIE. THAT WAY WHEN U GET THE BALL, THE GOALIE CANT SEE WAT U INTEND
      TO DO WITH IT.
      burkina will play the counter, just like cape verde
      THEREFORE, WE NEED FULLBACKS WHO CAN RUN. PAINSTIL SHOULD NOT BE USED AS A STARTER
      AKAMINKO MUST BE USED AT THE 2. AFFUL/KISSI AT THE 3
      PLS, DONT USE BOYE AS A STARTER IN THIS GAME. USE EITHER JONATHAN/AWAL.
      OUR DEFENDERS MUST MAKE SURE THAT GOALIE DAUDA GOES ON VACATION IN THIS SEMI FINAL.
      DAUDA MUST GO ON VACATION IN HAWAII IN THIS SEMI FINAL GAME. WE WANT TO SEE HIM SLEEPING IN THE NET.
      BCOS HE IS TIRED!
      WE WILL NEED TO PRESSURE THE BURKINABES INCESSANTLY.
      PRESSURE THEM FROM THE WINGS. KASA AT 11, ASANTE/ATSU AT 7 AND HAVE THEM OVERLAP.
      PLS, DONT START GYAN. ALLOW CLOTTEY OR YIADOM TO PLAY. CLOTTEY CAN USE HIS QUICKNESS, YIADOM HIS HEIGHT.
      WE HVE TO PRESSURE THE BURKINABES TO THEM MAKE MISTAKES IN THE 18.
      OUR PLAYERS MUST PLAY BREAK N PASS BALL. CONTROL THE FLOW OF THE GAME. MOVE THE BALL ALONG THE WINGS N TRU THE MIDDLE.
      FYI: NEUTRALISE PITRIOPIA N THE BURKINA CAPTAIN.
      AA, USE THIS GAME TO PRESSURE THE BURKINABES.
      OUR WINGERS, MIDFIELDERS N STRIKERS MUST INVADE AT WILL.
      THE MORE GOALS WE GET, THE MORE CONFIDENT OUR PLAYERS WILL BE GOING INTO THE FINAL.
      AA MUST STRIVE FOR PERFECTION!. STRIVE FOR PERFECTION!
      STRIKERS/attackers win you a match, DEFENDERS win you a tournament!
      AA, NEUTRALIZE THESE BURKINA PLAYERS AND YOU WILL WIN…Jonathan Pitriopa, Charles Kabore, Moumouni Dagano
      FYI: aa should START the continental AND LOCAL BASED PLAYERS IN THIS GAME. ASANTE, KISSIS, AFFUL, CLOTTEY, AWAL….MUST ALL START IN THIS GAME.
      THEY CAN COMPETE BOOT FOR BOOT WITH THE BUGA BUGA PITCH AND THE BURKINA PLAYERS. IM LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YIADOM IN THIS GAME.
      HIS HEIGHT, SPEED AND SKILL WILL BE WORRYSOME FOR THE BURKINA DEFENDERS…

  2. ken says:

    @Jimmy, how do I love something that is disadvantaging me?

  3. Asamoah Gyan says:

    CAF is a disgrace

  4. wambach says:

    COME ON STALLIONS COME ON GUYS, GO AND CIRCUMCISE GYAN, WAKASO, BADU ETC ON THAT GROUND. ITS YOUR HOME GROUND NOW

  5. wambach says:

    WHERE IS THE BRAGGING MAMADOU GAYE. WE WANT HIM ON SUPERSPORT THIS EVENING. FOOLISH MAMADOU THOUGHT IVORY COAST COULD LIFT THE CUP NONSENSE, IDIOT. WE (ZAMBIANS) TAUGHT YOU A LESSON LAST YEAR AND U THOT YOU COULD GO SOMEWHERE THIS YEAR. WOOOOOOW, DROGBA, GERVINYO, YOYO TORE, KOLO TORE(TESTACLES IN ZAMBIAN LANGUAGE) AND THAT USELESS GK, U R GOT TIRED LEG. GO PACK THEM. YOU NEVER SEE THE CUP, BYE. THANKS FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT AND EMBARASSMENT TO YOURSELVES

  6. selfmade says:

    Instead of this appiah guy voicing out like the rest of his colleagues,here he is saying it doesn’t matter and i know for sure that when we get beaten by the mossi people,appiah ll come and give excuses like the pitch was not good blaah blah blah!!! This mumu coach can’t even talk and as a coach of a powerful team like Ghana,u need to talk and criticize so that fucking caf ll get it shit together!!! We tire of his timidity!!! Come out and show your face and authority mr man!! What are u scared of!!!! Viva the revolutionciooooooooo!!!

  7. selfmade says:

    These mossi people from burkina has similar pitches in oguaduoguo and they feel at home playing on this potatoe pitch and here is our gentleman coach saying it doesn’t matter as if he has something special to offer!!! Shit,he ain’t gotta shit to offer but always come out with big promises but lacks tactical acumen!! His team play is shambolic,pathetic to say the least and even on a better pitch in elizabeth,the team was so poor and am wondering how they will fare against these tall mossi people on a bad pitch which favours them!!!! Instead of this coach slaming bitch caf for this disgrace,here u are pretending like all is cool!!! We live to see!!! Viva the revolutioncioooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

  8. alligator says:

    we ghanaians have faced far more worse.the pitch will not favour anybody.b faso will rather experience a great fatigue after 120 minutes of guelsome football with togo .bs all the way

  9. selfmade says:

    @ ghanaman… kwasia,allah ll strike your mama and papa and kill your fucking wife motherfucker!!! Thunder and antoa will kill u too… bring it on!!!! Antoa will kill u too!!! U started it pig!!! Viva the revolutioncioooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

  10. selfmade says:

    @ghanaman…. antoa nyama will kill u like a pig and nsu subina koko will kill all your fucking sons,daughters and your family dead!!!! U ll die like a pig motherfucker!!! If allah kill me,antoa kill u and ur family dead!!!!!!!! Nsu bobo kill u dead and your nuclear family!!!! Kwasia u come here to curse and u don’t know u dealing with niggas who are insecured!!! Nsu bobo,antoa nyama kill u died like a pig!!!! Viva the revolutioncioooooo!!!(!!

  11. Curious says:

    What happened to the peaceful Ghanaians of yesteryear???





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