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Kevin-Prince Boateng hails Ghana coach's methods, admits will be difficult to win World Cup

Published on: 15 May 2014
Kevin Prince Boateng is Kwesi Appiah is managing the Black Stars well

Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has hailed the coaching methods of Black Stars trainer Kwesi Appiah but has played down their chances of winning next month's World Cup.

Black Stars fans are confident that they can win the global competition next month despite being placed in the Group of Death that involves Germany, Portugal and the USA.

Boateng is in full praise of young coach Appiah for his coaching philosophy of the Black Stars but has watered down talk of Ghana winning the World Cup title.

“Coach Kwesi Appiah has a totally different approach to the team. He was born in Ghana, speaks the language. He likes having a few older players around that help him a bit," Boateng said.

"He is a young coach, didn't coach many teams yet. And I believe this synergy in the national squad is very good.

“We have to become world champions (is what people in Ghana think)! That is very clear, they want us to become world champions. The whole continent awaits that time that an African team will win this title.

"These are the hopes in Ghana. Everyone is praying for this and then let's see how far we will go.

"You want to make the country happy but it's not that easy to become world champions.”

Ghana will play the USA before taking on Germany and Portugal in Group G of the World Cup.


This article has 16 comment(s), give your comment
  • selfmade says:
    May 16, 2014 06:00 pm
    @ nabi.. Nice analysis!! I really luv your analysis! Nice one bro!
  • Appiak k. cosmos says:
    May 16, 2014 06:50 am
    i pray dat injuries wil nt worry our black star boyz. amen
  • millennium says:
    May 16, 2014 02:35 am
    The US is training now while our team remains scattered. They are training combining German tactics and American ingenuity while focusing on the opposition. While we have players who did excel over the years in their careers, we must admit that most of these players have gone past their prime. The Americans are under a better manager than Ghana, and they are preparing better than us and have younger and hungrier players, i will not be surprised if they surprise Ghana. I wish, hope and pray i am wrong
  • Nabi says:
    May 16, 2014 02:54 am
    U seem to ve a point selfmade,but I believe firmly dat with adequate preparation n strong mental fortitude,we can take on these so called super powers n beat them squarely...Guess this is de reason no African country has ever won de mundial or even reach de semi final-- inferiority complex..We must strive to first get out of our group which will require winning de 1st game(a world cup final)against de USA..Our group is such dat any slip in our opening game will require super human effort to get 6pts against Germany n Portugal,n we wudnt want dat cos a single refereeing decision cud mean losing both games narrowly or at best draws in which case a win over de USA wud mean 5pts n progression to de last 16.
  • Edem says:
    May 15, 2014 11:20 pm
    Selfmade you call yourself a fan with that defeatist attitude? Even if you had good points no one cares to hear it after starting off like that. So you want the team to focus on winning another tourney when we are 30 days out. All this tomorrow, tomorrow talk. This squad has enough to win now. Shame on you.
  • selfmade says:
    May 15, 2014 11:27 pm
    @ edem.... Mate am just calling a spade a spade! My points are valid and I hope the coach address them before the start of the WC!! Am no hater and am not defeatist but this WC is our real test!!
  • Viper says:
    May 15, 2014 11:52 pm
    So Selfmade,what are you implying,is this world cup our real test or we should just forget about it? Ahba masa,be decisive.
  • selfmade says:
    May 16, 2014 01:42 am
    @ viper.. Mate what am saying is that, we cannot win the WC but at least the experience gain from the WC can aid us to win the afcon!! I know what am saying becasus a team can make only win the wc with a very solid defensive line and judging from our defence, am sorry to say that we cant go far in Brazil!! I just want people to be realistic and stop the nationalistic stand! Check this stats out mate.... All the three senior defensive central pair has caused us- a penalty in one way or another!! Jonathan mensah caused us a penalty against uAA in south Africa!! Sumaila caused us a penalty in Kumasi against Egypt!! Jerry akaminko caused us a penalty- Dr Congo match! Now if u compared this defence against the one we had in south africa, u can see that this one is very weak and we shouod all understand that DEFENCE WINS TOURANMENT!! A typical eg of good defence winning laurels for a nation is Italy!! Ghana went to the finals of the CHAN bebecasus of rock solid defence with medicroe midfielders and strikers!! Finally, I said this WC is a real test for Ghana because comparing the two editions to this one, we are real in a TOUGH GROUP this time and remember Ghana is yet to record a win over GERMANY in all football competitions! Ghana again has never won a match against WESTERN EUROPEAN COUNTRY and Ghana has never won a match against the real SUPER POWER GIANTS IN FOOTBALL namely Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Italy, France, England at senior level!
  • luomo says:
    May 15, 2014 08:51 pm
    i guess ghanian fans think that germany and portugal is the same as the egyptian team that didnt have a league running for a whole year
  • abia says:
    May 15, 2014 08:14 pm
    @Benny... W@ wif u? Jxt stop de insult wai. It's not worth ur calibre. Jxt stop it...
  • Benny says:
    May 15, 2014 07:45 pm
    Selfmade ,you plonker get lost.A magnified fool.a son of an idiot and a whoremongre.Insipid cockroach .tika mama pussy.
  • ZG GH4LIFE says:
    May 15, 2014 06:50 pm
    We can do it, Human beings win the cup
  • Marfo george says:
    May 15, 2014 04:06 pm
    K P don,t be tormented ok
  • Don Dominic says:
    May 15, 2014 04:09 pm
    This Team Is Almost Strong As The 2009 U20 national team. the only problem we have here is our defence. we dont have that quality devenders like the 2009 U20 Team.
  • selfmade says:
    May 15, 2014 05:20 pm
    We should just forget about winning the WC and rather use the experience we ll have from Brazil to win the next afcon!! We have ourselves to blame if we refused to win the next edition of the afcon!! The next edition of the afcon should be our ultimate target and I strongly believe that we in a perfect and pole position to win it with this exceptional,talented pool of players!! With accam, waris, Jordan, frank achemapong, assifuah, boakye yiadom and African iniesta called Clifford aboagye, we can break the thirty something yrs jinx for one and for all!! We have the right caliber of players now and we should aim to win the next afcon!! With respect to Brazil, our defence is too shaky and leaking to make any impact!! Our undoings in Brazil will not be due to our collective play on the green turf but how we ll give away unnecessary fouls and free kicks as well as penalties in our defensive third!! Our central defenders are too PENALTY-PRONE and in the WC, teams usually takes huge advantage of setpieces!! Sumaila, jerry akaminko and Jonathan mensah has all caused us penalties in crucial matches and am just wondering how they ll handle the pressure in Brazil!! I hope our technical bench should only concern themselves with team selections and formations but rather teach our defensive lines how to set offsides, defend setpieces and where to cause fouls!! All eyes will be on us in Brazil becasus of our last effort in south Africa and AA should be well prepare!! The other WC is not a JOKE!
  • EA1us says:
    May 15, 2014 05:29 pm
    It wasn't easy for the past champions and mighty Ghana won't expect anything less in Brazil. It's our time to win the senior wc and we'll destroy any team that stands on our way including Germany and Portugal.