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2014 World Cup: Ghana coach eyeing famous win over Germany to revive campaign

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah desperate for a win over Germany

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah desperate for a win over Germany

By Ameenu Shardow

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Courtesy African Origin Travel and Sports Tourism

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has shifted focus on getting a famous win over Germany to ensure his team progresses at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The Black Stars were handed a shocking 2-1 defeat by the USA in their opening Group G game played in Natal on Monday night.

Ghana came into the game wielding a 100 percent record over the Americans in their previous two meetings at the finals.

Goals at each ends of the game from Clint Dempsey and John Brooks however saw the Yanks secure their first ever win over the African giants at the World Cup before a dominant American fans on Monday night.

The result sees Ghana drop to third in Group G and in desperate need of a result against Germany in their next game to revive their chances of progression.

And coach Kwesi Appiah is already looking forward towards getting this job done immediately after a disappointing night in Natal.

“Everyone know Germany have got a good team and they’ve been together for some time now,” he said.

“I believe that we will give them a very good game and try to get the win for us to qualify.”

Ghana is for the first time facing a first round elimination at a World Cup with the defeat to the USA.

The Black Stars can however draw some inspiration from their debut campaign at the World Cup in Germany 2006 where they bounced back from an opening defeat to eventual winners Italy to progress.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Azanksal says:

    I have no doubt in my mind either. It may look a daunting tax to the faint hearted but, this is where you see Ghana excel most. Expect the 3 points from Appiah and his boys

    • kenny says:

      Akwasi Appiah does not have the technical knowledge to beat any good team. Klinsman won the game out of good technical display. I don’t trust this coach and the type of selection he comes out with. Who as a coach will face a team who want to win so bad with mediocre players in the midfield, having experience and awesome players like Essien, Prince Boateng, Agyeman Badu, Wakaso etc sitting on the bench. Why why why Appiah???

  2. edem says:

    I have 2 extra tickets for Ghana vs Germany cat 1 if interested email swat_team4@hot mail.com

  3. Nimo says:

    Dreamer! You want to beat Germany with your shallow ideas? c’mon man! I wonder why u were experimenting all the time cos it seems u learnt nothing from it. How can you start Atsu, who has on numerous occasions proven he performs best from the bench. Didnt you realise his crosses were not effective and should have shifted him to the middle where his dribblng would have been needed? You were just watching the match but you werent analysing anything because your head is full of favouritism and stubborness. Maxwell Konadu should be the head coach and u the assistant, cos I’m sure he would perform better than you.

  4. Papa Nkrumah says:

    The USA are really super psychologists. They give Kwasi Appiah the title of DOCTOR and succeeded in making him complacent to the extent of thinking he had all the answers and was not tactically deficient. Wow! smart Americans who didn’t waste time to give any title to Klinsmann knowing the African is easily distracted. Enough is enough! No more distraction. Don’t act only when you see that the camera is on you coach. Be yourself and be confident so that our players can also play above themselves to win against Germany and Portugal.

  5. Rubz says:

    Why the hell was essian on the bench? wrong move man wrong move.

    • DOGO says:

      Can someone tell Akwasi Appiah to put on something simple? The weather is too hot in Brazil for that suit and tie. Look at how Klinsman was dressed. Please don’t come on the field with that suit and tie anymore. Massa all we want is good results. We are not interested in your outfit but results. Tie papeeeeen! for where? Massa put your acts together ooooooo!!

  6. Samuel says:

    You couldn’t beat USA and want to beat Germany, a dreamer, a joker. Ghana gave you all the support and now you, Boye and Opare broke our hearts. Do you think Germany will defend like USA, no. They will come after your Boye and Opare and they will crumple. Ghana has no coach. The whites brought us out of difficult groups. Appiah go and coach Tamale United, resign now before our next game.

  7. inno nigeria says:

    Sorry. Ghana will be walloped by germany. Germany 6-0 ghana

  8. PeeWee says:

    The problem with Africa is empty rhetoric without action. Our mediocre approach to things is why we have not achieved anything in terms of economic development among other things; inspite of the abundant resources on the Continent. Since the USA found out they were going to be playing Ghana at the WC, they have strategised, plotted and tactically planned on beating us. On the other hand Ghana just spewed empty rhetorics about winning the world cup, from the president to the dog chain seller on the street without any laid out plan as to how we were gonna do so. Rhetorics don’t win games so the question is how are we gonna win against Germany strategy wise, and get ourselves into contention? Only time will tell.

    • Papa Appiah says:

      Massa, I agree with u 100%

    • CEREBRAL says:

      We don’t like to intellectualize when it comes to football. Emotion rules!. There are so many flaws looking at proceedings before and during the game. For example the whole world knows Ghana now has a very strong mid field and an above average fire power. Our defense may be lacking due to injuries (Vorsah and Akaminko) Why can’t AA apply the manpower and expertise at his disposal? How can you make two top midfielders Essien and KPG all start from the bench and allow Atsu and Jordan to start as first choice. Did you not see how Germany and The Netherlands played their top players as starters. Ghana has such high opinion of its players but underestimates the management and magnitude of the tournament and the consequences of losing when winning seems so obvious.

  9. PITO says:

    Free advice for Akwasi Appiah.

    HERE ARE 5 HINTS TO FOCUS ON OUR NEXT GAME:

    1) We need a draw against Germany, A draw will mean Germany will have to beat USA in their final game to be assured of qualification. However If we give Germany a win, Trust me they will draw with USA in their final game to give the USA a chance of qualifying with 4 points just to support USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann (Since Portugal will beat USA). A DRAW against Germany will give us the opportunity to try and get a win over Portugal in our FINAL group match to qualify with 4 points, whilst Germany will do everything possible to beat USA to be assured of qualification.

    2) From the first Point above, we can conclude that the best formation for A.A to play against Germany from the start of the game is cautiously defensive. i.e 4-5-1.

    3) To get an important draw against Germany, we need Experience players to start the game in midfield. 5 MIDFIELDERS – Ayew, Kwadwo Asamoah, Essien, Muntari, Kevin. Put a stop to starting any new comers. Avoid the temptation to start Rabiu over Essien for once because Essien is good header of the ball he has eye for goal and his experience and big game character cannot be overlooked in favor of Rabiu especially when he is a 5 man midfield he will be not disadvantaged in any way.

    4) Only bring in Majeed Warris to play two strikers ( Gyan and Warris) if and only if we happen to go down by one goal. This change must be done IMMEDIATELY IMMEDIATELY MMEDIATELY Germany scores (God Forbid). IMMEDIATELY. We are prone to leaving vital substitutions for late in the game.

    5) So In summary,

    - DO NOT GO IN FOR A WIN AGAINST GERMANY. PLAY LIKE ITALY, As if WE ONLY NEED A DRAW!

    - PLAY A 5 MAN EXPERIENCED MIDFIELD BRIMMING WITH CONFIDENCE . AYEW,ESSIEN,KWADWO ASAMOAH,SULLEY MUNTARI, KEVIN BOATENG.

    -SPEAK TO DEFENDERS TO DEFEND OUTSIDE THE BOX AND TO GIVE THEIR ALL.

    There is still hope.

    • KK says:

      Pito, a draw won’t be enough for Ghana. A draw might force Germany to beat USA but that will be for Germany to avoid Portugal winning the group, which means Ghana will have been out at that time. Clueless Akwasi Appiah has put us in this situation where we have to beat Germany!

  10. Pinkus says:

    Do a couple of things to achieve this. 1. Substitute Jordan with Kevin. 2 Substitute Boye with Rashid Sumaila. 3 Substitute Opare with Harrison Arful. 4. Substitute Kwarasey with Steven Adams. Move kojo Asamoah forward. Please go back and check your records. Kwarasey has never been in post when Ghana won a match. This statement though as fallacious as it may be has a substance.

  11. Papa Addo says:

    WE NEED TO GO IN WITH A KILLER MENTALITY.
    OUR BACKS TO THE WALL.
    GERMANY WILL WANT TO FINISH US OFF BUT KNOW THEY ARE NOT DONE IF THEY LOSE TO US.
    WE MUST PLAY TO OUR STRENGTHS AND LOAD THE MIDFIELD AND PLAY AT FULL ENERGY.
    THERE IS NO WAY DAUDA MUST PLAY AGAINST GERMANY SO I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT.

    That being said:
    MY STARTING LINEUP

    FORMATION 3-5-2*
    ______________________________KWARASEY___________________________
    ____________ESSIEN____________MENSAH___________BOYE_____________
    OPARE____________________________________________________ASAMOAH
    _______________________ACQUAH________BADU________________________
    _____________________________ BOATENG______________________________
    _______________________ANDRE_______GYAN___________________________

    WHEN WE ATTACK FROM THE RIGHT,ESSIEN STAYS AT RIGHT BACK AND ASAMOAH DROPS TO LEFT BACK
    WHEN WE ATTACK FROM THE LEFT,OPARE ASSUMES RIGHT BACK,ASAMOAH GOES UP MENSAH AND BOYE SWAP SO MENSAH GETS LEFT BACK.

    ACQUAH___BADU__ MUST HOLD AND BE RELENTLESS. TRACK GOETZE AND OZIL.
    BOATENG STAYS AT CAM UNTIL HE SES A GOOD REASON TO MOVE.

    AYEW IS OUR MAIN PIVOT MAN____ HE WILL GO TO THE OPPOSITE WING TO WHICH THE MAIN ATTACK IS COMING FROM WHICH MEANS IF OPARE IS ATTACKING AYEW BECOMES A LEFT WINGER.
    IF ASAMOAH IS BOMBING FORWARD, AYEW BECOMES A RIGHT WINGER.

    I KNOW THIS IS ALOT BUT PLEASE READ IT AND GIVE ME FEEDBACK

  12. Chukwe says:

    Too bad,so the US is handing Ghana over to Germany who will then hand them over to a success starved Portugal.OMG!

  13. shampel says:

    oh god .what is wrong with kwarasey?he is humble and very good goal keeper but he always looses matches when ever he is introduces in to the goal post.god help him and help Ghana to qualify ameeeeeeen.

  14. Di Carlo says:

    The yanks were tough and lucky,we have to avoid conceiving early goals…that was a disaster.Germany is beatable,I had no problem with the starters…Muntari was fantastic,so is Atsu,Rabiu,Kasa etc.Essien lost pace and KPB is not playing good, they are good early substitutes. I would like kASA to move up right behind the strikers to provide more opportunities,playing him right behind gyan and waris/jordan,use either Muntari and Rabiu/Acquah in the middle,continue to use Dede and Atsu in the wings.I dont think because we lost so everything about the game was wrong,I believe we played one of our best games since this team was put together,we just couldnt take opportunity of our chances and therefore couldnt get the needed results.At the end dehydration and fatigue kicked in I believe the bench was suppose to come in and win that game.That is exactly what the US substitute did,KPB and Essien should have made the difference but it never happened,I believe Waris (100% fit) coming in for Jordan and pairing with Atsu at the wings would have change the game.
    All is not lost,with this performance we can beat both Germany and Portugal.
    We love you BLAckstars no matter what.This is our brand and we will rally behind you 100%.
    Everything is possible.

  15. NIJA says:

    Kwasiem

    You expect to beat Germany you Dreamers.
    Kiss goodbye to FIFA 2014
    The only team that will go far is Ivory coast period

  16. F.Junior says:

    I THINK TAHT GHANA HAVE TO GIVE 1000% TO GET AT LEAST A DRAW OTHERWISE THEY CAN TRAVEL BACK TO GHANA

  17. Soccer Pundit says:

    It was unfortunate we lost, but overall we played well, except maybe in a few departments where we lacked concentration and sharpness. All in all, it just wasn’t our day as luck wasn’t on our side.

    With that said, however, sometimes you have to make your own luck. And we could have done that had the coach approached the game with the right players and the best tactics. Before this game, I appointed out that the two teams had defensive frailties and that the team with the best defensive setup was the one going to win in the end. I’m sad that my analysis was spot on as that was where we really lost the game. Anyhow, it’s all in the past now, so it’s time to shift our focus to our next game and devise a plan to arrest the German’s game and beat them. Again, for whomever cares, here’s my view on how we can beat the Germans.

    All around the Germans have a good team. But it is really their talented midfield that is the engine behind their successes. As a result, our game with the Germans is going to be won with which ever team has the best midfield setup. In other words, if we want to have any real chance of beating the Germans, we have to win the midfield battle.

    To win the midfield battle against the Germans’ we have to play a 4-2-3-1 formation (when attacking) and a 4-5-1 formation (when defending). And here is the best team that I believe would enable us win the match: Dauda (goal), Inkoom (Right back), Essien-Boye (central defense), Afful (left back); Acquah-Muntari (Defensive midfield), Dede (right midfield), Kwadwo (left midfield), Prince (attacking midfielder), Gyan (lone striker).

    I have Essien partnering with Boye in central defense for three reasons: a) because this game would be won by whomever has the best midfield setup, playing Essien in central defense would enable him to buttress the midfield with his tackling and passing game. b) because he would help our midfield with his passing game, he will also enable us to be able to build plays from the back. c) in that position, he can also man mark Muller with level-headedness (something the rest of our defensive players lack).

    Acquah also has a good passing game and work-rate so having him partner with Muntari would free Muntari from defensive duties so he can do what he always does best: push forward and take powerful shots and give long passes to our forwards.

    What happened yesterday happened. And yes, while we are heartbroken, sad and angry about the ineptitude of our coach, the past is gone and cannot be reversed. As a result, we need to start focusing our minds on our future–our next game if we want to reverse our misfortune. With the aforementioned tactics and players in place I believe we can beat the Germans. I believe in our boys! I believe in our team, and hopefully, with the right So hope springs anew and the dream lives on!

  18. Soccer Pundit says:

    It was unfortunate we lost, but overall we played well, except maybe in a few departments where we lacked concentration and sharpness. All in all, it just wasn’t our day as luck wasn’t on our side.

    With that said, however, sometimes you have to make your own luck. And we could have done that had the coach approached the game with the right players and the best tactics. Before this game, I appointed out that the two teams had defensive frailties and that the team with the best defensive setup was the one going to win in the end. I’m sad that my analysis was spot on as that was where we really lost the game. Anyhow, it’s all in the past now, so it’s time to shift our focus to our next game and devise a plan to arrest the German’s game and beat them. Again, for whomever cares, here’s my view on how we can beat the Germans.

    All around the Germans have a good team. But it is really their talented midfield that is the engine behind their successes. As a result, our game with the Germans is going to be won with which ever team has the best midfield setup. In other words, if we want to have any real chance of beating the Germans, we have to win the midfield battle.

    To win the midfield battle against the Germans’ we have to play a 4-2-3-1 formation (when attacking) and a 4-5-1 formation (when defending). And here is the best team that I believe would enable us win the match: Dauda (goal), Inkoom (Right back), Essien-Boye (central defense), Afful (left back); Acquah-Muntari (Defensive midfield), Dede (right midfield), Kwadwo (left midfield), Prince (attacking midfielder), Gyan (lone striker).

    I have Essien partnering with Boye in central defense for three reasons: a) because this game would be won by whomever has the best midfield setup, playing Essien in central defense would enable him to buttress the midfield with his tackling and passing game. b) because he would help our midfield with his passing game, he will also enable us to be able to build plays from the back. c) in that position, he can also man mark Muller with level-headedness (something the rest of our defensive players lack).

    Acquah also has a good passing game and work-rate so having him partner with Muntari would free Muntari from defensive duties so he can do what he always does best: push forward and take powerful shots and give long passes to our forwards.

    What happened yesterday happened. And yes, while we are heartbroken, sad and angry about the ineptitude of our coach, the past is gone and cannot be reversed. As a result, we need to start focusing our minds on our future–our next game if we want to reverse our misfortune. With the aforementioned tactics and players in place I believe we can beat the Germans. I believe in our boys! I believe in our team. So hope springs anew and the dream lives on!

  19. bcalm usa says:

    In your dreams Akwasi Appiah,in your dreams! U hve all these caliber of talented players nd still doesn’t even know your first 11 nd always experimenting. Fans hve to always complain before u do the right thing eg.is the korea game. Now uve made all of us who campaigned for an indigenous coach for the black stars a fool..how could u use ur most active nd consistent player as LB, to me u hvent learn anything all coz u did same mistake against Congo in afcon nd ur repetition of it shows how clueless u are. Did u realise how shaky the Americans were whenever kojo moves the ball forward so had u used him in his rightful place it could hve been a different ball game. Everyone in Gh nd the diaspora knew how serious nd tough this match is going to be except u coz if u do u wouldnt hve fielded those kind of players,play some out of their positions nd sit players like essien,kpb nd acquah on the bench in this a must win game. Am not surprise at all coz a coach who claims doesn’t watch tv,listens to radio nor go on the net has no clue whatsoever what he’s doing. My question to u is why go with nkoom nd afful if u don’t trust nd hve faith in them! If u had used afful as LB,we could hve had kojo in the middle nd u urself knows what that could hve been…U simply not ready for the stars job period!

  20. Seth Asiamah from Nsawam says:

    Adamant leaders who don’t listen to advice, Ghanaians have pampered Akwasi Appiah soo much saying he is a silence killer and look at what he has done to Ghanaians.Tax payers money are being wasted ! Good luck in our next game.Long live Ghana

  21. jeff says:

    In your dreams pito and celebral;you guys only manage to beat teams that train in a car mark pack.you made our brotherz train in a car pack hence the entire southern region will always rejoice your failure.
    we will always misstreat ghanians here in SA