2014 World Cup: Ghana coach Appiah not concerned about results against South Korea

Kwesi Appiah

Kwesi Appiah

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah top priority is to see how his team is shaping up and won’t be bothered by the outcome of Monday’s international friendly against South Korea.

The two sides clash in Miami Monday night to firm up preparations ahead of the start of the World Cup on June 12.

Ghana lost their first pre-World Cup friendly against the Netherlands last week Saturday and will be keen to bounce back against their North African opponent.

Coach Appiah says he’s not concerned about the results but only focusing on testing players and systems.

“Friendly games are good to help you prepare. Psychologically, it’s good to win to boost your confidence levels,” Appiah told reporters at the pre-match press conference.

“On the other side, I am looking at tactically how we will play, and the individual roles assigned to the players.

“Scorelines are always good, but most of the times it depends on the team that you put up. For instance if that is your best team, then you think they should give you results.

“But if it is a team you are trying to assess, then you look at it from a different angle.”

The Black Stars will open their group G account with a tricky tie against USA next Monday before they take on Germany and Portugal in subsequent matches.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Agya says:

    Oh! So now South Korea is a North African team. Hmmm! GSN

  2. selfmade says:

    Yes all our focus should be WINNING this match and nothing more! AA is a great coach with a great humble personality but not a GREAT TALKER! I have seen one thing in modern football, TALKATIVE COACHES ARE THE SUCCESSFUL ONES! O don’t know the correlation between coach and talking but I believe the two works perfectly togather and am beginning to think that the two goes perfectly toagther base on the old saying that,A LIE TOLD SEVERAL TIMES BECOMES A TRUTH OR VICE VERSA! If a coach always humbles himself and gives out humble predictions, over a course of time,SUPPORTERS DONT HAVE FAITH ON HIM AGAIN! We have to win this match!

  3. S.G says:

    is very important we the fans wants to see wat we have a good performance will not bothered abt scoreline

  4. NII-BI says:

    AA should stop being soo nice. How can you be playing three matches and lose all at a goal. Please our determination is beyound this kind of talking. When the STARS of Africa (whether some people like it or yes we are the stars of Africa) win this match massively, their moral and confidence will be boosted. So pls do not go and do anything over there that will make some of us feels we are not ready for the torny.
    Oseeeeee Black Stars..!!!

  5. Jonathan says:

    Ghanaians should stop concerning themselves with friendly results and give AA the chance to come up with a game plan for the main tournament. Friendly’s are not meant to be a place to display how powerful or weak your team is. As a coach, friendly’s should be grounds for one to try out different systems and game plans to fine tune his team before a main tournament. It allows the coach and his technical team to figure out the teams strengths and weakness, allowing him to fix these things during the main tournament. Our game against Netherlands is a perfect example, AA had guys like KPB and Asamoah playing different positions, not because he was thinking of winning or losing a game, but to play around with ideas to see what works and what doesn’t. And though most people just keep talking negative about that game, we fail to realize that, our boys had total control of the ball most times, and dominated half the field. Goal or not, we should think positive and stand with our nation, and trust that they are ready to shine in brazil, rather than bash AA for his choices during friendlies. How many teams win all friendlies and get to the world cup, and don’t win even a game? You go figure!

  6. Adam Wisely says:

    Us soccer just said on twitter that Jurgen, the usa coach, will be in Miami watching the game and scouting Ghana.

  7. yaw, USA says:

    Dr. AA, with all due respect a win will be a moral buster. We know you are very nice, humble, and gentle but showing some toughness will put some fears in the players and our opponents
    Ghana 3
    USA 1

    GHANA 2
    GERMANY 1

    GHANA 1
    PORTUGAL 1

  8. CEREBRAL says:

    Communication trumps talking. As long as the coach is able to communicate his ideas to the players for a successful execution, things will be okay. The ability to communicate is the key and although it can be acquired, the best of its kind is layered with an endowment.There is a component of coaching often ignored: the coach is not supposed to only manage the collective team, but individual players, so that they feel empowered, independent and yet responsible for the success of proceedings including the total allegiance to the coach, the team and the nation. AA has two options, he can either speak English to the players or speak Twi, as long as the players carry through successfully the content of his tactic.

  9. selfmade says:

    Communication is the act of transferring information thru a verbal messages, a written word or mere gestures! There can never be a verabl communication without talking esp w.r.t AA scenario! AA doesn’t use gestures or signs to speak to the players but rather he TALKS TO THEM so your argument doesn’t connect to what I said bro! A strong verbal communication by a coach is one of the most important element in coaching! All the good coaches the world has ever seen are great talkers and u can check it mate! Good verbal communication goes hand in hand with coaching! Lastly u can communicate your ideas to the players if u are incoherent mate! ALL SUCCESSFUL MANAGERS ARE ONES WHO CAN VERBALLY COMMUNICATE GOOD!

    • CEREBRAL says:

      AA is not an orator….we all know that…as I said before concerning coaching “the best of its kind is layered with an endowment”(talent or natural ability). AA has something that Milo did not have: AA can speak Twi and English and that is very important for him to relate to the players. As a mediator or transmitter of information (Public Relations) to the fans, AA sometimes does not excel.

      However we have to wait and see if AA will be able to equal or surpass his predecessors. I will be very happy if AA despite some of his shortcomings is able to achieve greatness. We the fans are only speculating based on what we read and see in the media. There is so much happening on ‘the ground’ between the players, technical team, the coach and fringe management that you and I will never know.

  10. spellBOUND says:

    I think its important to WIN this game as well, though its a friendly. not only do the fans deserve it, but the players as well. there is a psychological disadvantage to losing. our current situation is like a parent pampering a child at home, telling him that winning isn’t everything as long as you play the game right…
    when the child goes out to play real opponents, it becomes hard to separate the real thing from the practice exercises at home. granted our players know what is at stake, still a WIN today will be good.

  11. CEREBRAL says:

    It will be a good idea for AA to test the effectiveness of our questionable defense by using a defensive formation for about half the first half. Then change the formation into an attacking mode. Also it will be a very good idea to play the 1st 11, but caution the players to be careful to avoid injuries. What is the point in hurting yourself BEFORE THE ACTUAL TOURNAMENT BEGINS.

  12. selfmade says:

    @ cerebral… According to u in your first post, u said that the actnof communication can be LEARNED right? I don’t have to be an orator to communicate good! Infact, good orators are few and innate! AA is not an orator but he is INCOHERENT! He says the wrong words at the wrong time too! I love AA very well and day in and out am here always defending him but he needs to learn to say the right things at the right time! I don’t understand this! We had a match against the Dutch’s and though for me it was a great performance from the bs, a lot of critics are not happy and saying all sort of stuff against u, so u don’t go to a press conference and fall into the same trap again by saying winning is not important to u! The moment u say that, the critics ll take u on when u lose because they ll quote u right away! This is the time he needs to let the players knows what he wants and thats to WIN! The players don’t care if they lose or draw because at the end of the day, am yet to SEE A PLAYER FIRED FOR LOSING A MATCH! Every blame ll be on him and needs to be say the right things now! Finally, if he says am more concern about TACTICS, then he is alluding to the critics claim that he doesn’t have a formation or tactics! Compare what the south Korean coach said to what AA said and draw your own conclusions! The Korean coach said that I want to see how my team reacts to ghanas COUNTER ATTACKS which is very precise, concise and straight to the point! He took one aspect and dwell on it and this is what AA should be doing than always talking about tactics! TACTICS IS A BROAD CONCEPT MATE!

  13. Boro says:

    I agree with you AA so longs as you can learn lessons from these friendlies to help you go through the group stage in Brazil.

  14. selfmade says:

    When Ghana was about to play Nigeria in chan, maxwell konadu said something that I did love! He said ‘ keshi is the best coach in Africa but I want to beat him. .. I want to beat the vest coach in africa’! This was a great statement! Football fans DONT CARE ABOUT TACTICS,FORMATIONS OR STRATEGIES ON THE FIELD,all that they want to see is their team winning and any excuse ll from not winning ll not be tolerated by them so a coach also has to know how to deal with them esp in their speech! I always says that FOOTBALL FANS ARE EDUCATED UNINFORMAL in football matters! They love the game but don’t UNDERSTAND IT!

  15. NII-BI says:

    Self made,
    You just made my day. indees we the funs dont mind the tactics and information you will display on the field of play. The results means so much to us than playing all the game they you will loose at tge end of the day…

  16. Adebayo says:

    Coach, I beg to differ, ‘the winning mentality’ is not an injection you give to the team an hour to an important match! It must be cultivated. Against Montenegro and the Netherlands you had the chance to ‘try out’ your tactics! One week to our crucial match you shouldn’t still be trying out roles! It’s important to win. Look at how Ghana is sliding in the Fifa rankings! Play for a win, if there are injuries, you still have the chance to call up standby players!