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2014 World Cup: Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah bemoans early goal conceded in USA defeat

NATAL, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: Clint Dempsey of the United States reacts after scoring his team's first goal past goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey of Ghana during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Ghana and the United States at Estadio das Dunas on June 16, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

NATAL, BRAZIL – JUNE 16: Clint Dempsey of the United States reacts after scoring his team’s first goal past goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey of Ghana during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Ghana and the United States at Estadio das Dunas on June 16, 2014 in Natal, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

By Ameenu Shardow

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah admits the early goal conceded against the USA played a major role in his team’s defeat on Monday.

The Black Stars fell to a painful 2-1 defeat to the Yanks in their opening Group G game at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The four-time African champions had clawed their way back from a dreadful start which saw them concede in just the first minute to a Clint Dempsey strike.

Andre Ayew had given Ghana a massive lifeline with his equalizer in the 83rd minute but the USA claimed victory with a strike from rookie John Brooks with just four minutes left to play.

Kwesi Appiah concedes his team’s job was made a bit more difficult with the early concession.

“The early goal was something that we never expected,” he said.

“Playing at this high level any loss in concentration can cost you big time.

“The first goal unsettled us and made things very difficult for us.”

Ghana have now tasted their first ever defeat against the USA in the World Cup.

The Black Stars will now have to get a result against Germany and then Portugal in order to progress from Group G.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Kwame says:

    Coach I prefer you stop exhibiting your naivety by trying to explain away you failure to learn. You had two friendly matches which clearly exposed the soft side of our defence when we conceded early goals.
    1 Against Montenegro we concede an early penalty goal within the 1st minute
    2. Against The Netherlands we conceded an early goal within five minutes.

    We either overlooked this obvious weakness or simply wished it away, but today the USA exploited it perfectly and their early goal was similar to The Netherlands goal. I’m not a coach, just a mere systems analyst, but one would think that the job of a coach, and a good one for that matter is to identify flaws in your system and resolve them effectively. I do not know what kind of motivational talk the team received before the game. Whatever it was, it certainly did not, once again get our defenders in the mental edge going into the game. Coach, demand that your players focus.

  2. kenkey says:

    You are fool Akwesi Appiah.Even an 8 year old boy,new the Americans were in to unsettle us with an early goal.

  3. EmanuelKnowsBEst says:

    the middle was giving to america. we played the same way we played against korea. but this team the other team knew how to finish and defend. Every time i saw an aerial view of the pitch, mutari and rubio where nowhere to me found. there was no connection between our middle field and fowards .GSN knows nothing about tactics.After the korea game they gave rubio a high rating. and said he was great. i completely disagree with that. muntari/rubio are defence player who cant really defend.In 2010 Muntari started ONLY ONE GAME and that was because Andre Ayew got too many cards. I told my father after the korea game that J.ayew wasnt good enough to start. After one game everyone one wanted him to start. And how can u start Opare after Not playing even ONE MINUTE IN ANY OF THE TWO GAMES. The Kid doesnt know what he is doing. I remember in the Brazil friendly in london two year ago he got a red card in the first half. EVERYONE WANT A LOCAL COACH LOCAL COACH.But BEACUSE HE IS LOCAL COAH THAN WHAT? look at our local league. Appiah should have been fire after African cup b/c he did the same thing the previous coach did and he was fired.USA defense was more inexperience then Ghanas but they had better midfield players. acquah and badu are must attacking. when they came on korea they looked better.

    • OGYA says:

      Bad defense, bad coach. This coach was so arrogant and refused to at least bring in John Mensah or Vorsah to replace Akaminko. This Jonathan Mensah guy keeps making mistakes upon mistakes. All he had to do was use common sense to aid the ball out to the sideline to get a goal kick, instead touched the ball to give USA a corner kick and our short defenders were not able to block out.

      We should all kiss the World Cup good bye. Its over. But I am hoping that our world cup dreams ends with the clearing of all the hoodlums at the GFA including Nyantakyi and Akwesi Appiah.

      I must also say that Adam Kwarasey is not ready for prime time. I supported him but I now know why he cannot be the Black Stars goalkeeper any longer. The goals he conceeded will not be goals if Kingston was in the post. At this time I believe we have to look somewhere for a goalkeeper. He cannot be trusted. He is a local team goalkeeper not an international one yet.

      My heart is bleeding.

  4. Kwame says:

    Coach I prefer you stop exhibiting your naivety by trying to explain away your failure to learn. You had two friendly matches which clearly exposed the soft side of our defence when we conceded early goals on those occasions
    .
    1 Against Montenegro we concede an early penalty goal within the 1st minute
    2. Against The Netherlands we conceded an early goal within five minutes.

    You either overlooked this obvious weakness, or simply wished it away. But today the USA exploited it perfectly, and their early goal was a mirror image of The Netherlands goal. I’m not a coach, just a mere systems analyst, but one would think that the job of a coach, and a good one for that matter, is to identify flaws in your system and resolve them effectively. I was not privy to the kind of motivational talk the team received before the game, but whatever it was, it certainly did not give our defenders in the mental edge going into the game, just as it happened in the two friendlies. A silent coach may be a good motivator, but I’m yet to find one. Coach, demand that your players focus. Soccer is not only about skills, other wise we would have won today. it is also, and more so the mental preparedness of the players which determines the outcomes of any competition. In selecting your players look for mental toughness, the international aura (or the fear factor) of the player, and then skills. I think you have the men to beat Germany if you stop experimenting and rather play to your strength. Using one of the best attacking midfielders as a defender may help shore up your defence but will certainly not give you the optimum capabilities of Kojo Asamoah. Use him where he is likely to give you the best and biggest bang and stop dumbing him down as a full back or wing back. Any of the full backs you selected should be able to perform those duties on the left. Keeping him there is a gross misuse of capabilities. You don’t turn a thoroughbred racehorse in to a load hauling or plowing jack ass, nor can you make a racehorse out of a jack ass. I hope some one conveys this message to the “DR”.

  5. mukmin says:

    You should have stressed this to the players. It’s a no brainer we always lack concentration early in the game. The dutch scored an early goal against us if in the koreans had done the same we might have lost the game. Another fact is that we have an abysmal record whenever we conceed first we are not know for coming from behind to win games. Boye and Opare are trash. Opare couldn’t mark his man and Boye a professional soccer player does not have the brain to force dempsey to go toward the goal line instead of cutting in and getting free on goal. Shameful.

  6. mukmin says:

    Expect the unexpected how can you say an early goal is not something u expected really. These guy used mls players to beat us that is unexceptable. Better go back to the drawing board and figure out how you’re going to beat germany Dr. Appiah this the time to apply critcal thinking.

  7. tweaa appiah says:

    AA should just shut up. if u were up to the task u will know that they were wary of conceding such a goal as they did against us in SOUTH AFRICA. u cant even win a cup in gh but u have the chance to go to the worldcup.he shld just shut his beak give and us a break

  8. Al says:

    Kwesi, stop blaming everything and everyone but yourself. You should know that your tactics (if you had one) was wrong. We were down by the goal under one minute, we had 89mins to make amends. The Dutch were also down by a goal and came back to win 6-1. Start with matured and experienced players and introduce the young ones gradually.

  9. brian says:

    Ghana and its belief in juju will never get anywhere in as far as soccer is concerned.the team is still infant and trust me Ghana is losing all the matches. Its pay back time for mistreating Zambia.Ghana has no substance and trust me, u are not going anywhere. Let me hear those insults from evil Ghana now………

  10. payoko says:

    Ghana your biggest weakness is your goalie situation, You, Portugal and Argentina have horrible goalies. Anyways good luck with Germany, and we will destroy Portugal. Thanks you for a stiff challenge.

  11. OGYA says:

    Bad defense, bad coach. This coach was so arrogant and refused to at least bring in John Mensah or Vorsah to replace Akaminko. This John Mensah guy keeps making mistakes upon mistakes. All he had to do was use common sense to aid the ball out to the sideline to get a goal kick, instead touched the ball to give USA a corner kick and our short defenders were not able to block out.

    We should kiss the World Cup good bye. Its over. I hope it ends with a new regime at GFA and a new coach SILAS TETTEH.

  12. selfmade says:

    Is about time we forget about this boye and try edusei and ainooson to see! Francis dickoh too can be given a second look!

    I have already said that the next afcon is ours to take and the preparations should start from the WC! With these players, we can finally win it!

    AA should give Adams a chance in our last game because that guy is the one for the future! The two keepers are not TALENTED enough! Again those pot belly sugar daddies pretending to be trainers should be replace with competent young keeper trainers!

    Goalkeeping is the last DEFENCE in a football game!

    • Viper says:

      We need to find a new defence,the current bunch are simply not good enough,we really played well,if only we had a decent back line.For our next world cup assignment,we have to MAKE SURE we have a formidable defence,the team did well ONLY to be let down by that pathetic defence.

      What was John Boye thinking,when he moved(basically) out of the way for Dempsey to have a clear shot on goal???? Madness.Common sense should tell John Boye that Dempsey cannot have a clear shot at goal,and therefore have to block him.Common sense and it cost us the game.Use your common sense.

      We need to find new defenders even if they are from the local league.We lost the match not because of the coach but really extremely poor defending from John and and later Jonathan Mensah.

  13. kwame says:

    WHY IS ADOMAH PLAYING? CAME ON TO DO NOTHING. SAME AS ESSIEN. KEVIN SHOULD HAVE START SAME AS ACQUA OR BADU. MUNTARI N ESSIEN TOO OLD FOR THIS FAST PACE GAMES. I DON’T KNOW WHY HE CAN’T FIX THE DEFENSE PROBLEM.

  14. Chineke says:

    Oh poor ghanas what happnd.You r so arogant nowander u cant match with nija

    • Breezy Jones says:

      who told u that lie? If u recorded the game, then take a second look and compare with the poor and miserable Performance of the Nigerians. Nigerian Goalkeeper is an exception. Our Boys were maRVELLOUS. Technically perfect, just have to work on our shots in the 18. Apropos which of your passes reached it’s required Destination? Still pompos with good right!!!!

  15. Selfmade says:

    Our coach made a mistake of benching experienced players.our players r just black mambers

  16. SHAOLIN says:

    Worst Black Stars coach of the past15yrs. First Ghana coach to lose to a US side.This motherfu*ker cant read the game.Doesnt know how to substitute players.Instead of hiring a foreign coach who can read the game they hired a clueless semi-illiterate so that they can get kick-backs from him.Nantakyi and all his cohorts should be fired.

  17. PITO says:

    Did he say BrIng his experienced best on when the opposition get tired?
    Appaih you tried this under dog tactic in a friendly against Turkey and Turkey scored 2 goals in the first half. When you finally brought KWADWO ASAMOAH and Asamoah Gyan on, the game changed and we fought back to equalise and the game ended in draw. DO YOU LEARN AT ALL?
    I thought you had learned to cast awau your complex after that friendly.

    PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD!
    This is like going to sit and EXAM and answering the hard questions first. Heheheheee. Always a wrong move even if it works for you sometimes.

    It will fail you more than it will work for you.

    Why start Atsu at his first worldcup ahead of Kevin Prince Baoteng? We all saw he is talented but we had experineced jewels sitting on the bench for 60 minutes waiting for opposition to get tired whilst for the mean time we blow chances, why becasue according to someones inferiority complex it works to hide your best till later,

  18. alos says:

    I miss Coach Milo especially his ‘one goal project’. His tactics do not appeal to the novice footballer but it suits our players and resources.

    The 2010 team was disciplined, defended well and played to the coach’s thoughtful plan.

  19. alos says:

    what coach concedes a goal within a minute of kickoff? the team was not prepared to properly deal with their opponents.

  20. S O. says:

    MUNTARI TIME UP. NO MORE AUTOMATIC SELECTION. KWESI APPIAH PICKED HIM OUT OF FEAR. IF YOU DON’T HE CAUSES TROUBLE LIKE DURING TIME OF RAJEVAC. ANTHONY ANNAN AND QUALITY MIDFIELDERS HAD TO MAKE WAY FOR SLUGGISH AND ONE FOOTED MUNTARI. KWESI APPIAH OUT !!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. evandovich says:

    No one is happy in Gh and the coach knows surely the over 24 million coaches in Gh will pass their anger at him. It’s very difficult to strategize anytin but there is hope. Germany, Portugal, hmmm a herculean task. To beat them will be very difficult but not impossible. Its abt time AA man up and use his best of tactics to win matches. This is football not academics or mathematics. Any thing can happen.

  22. amoah frEeman says:

    AA is very stupid man.in your playing days you were defender and now coach u cnt form a good defens u have nothing upstair and nothing to offer

  23. Ghana man says:

    Why venting your anger on AA? Was it his fault that the wingers could nt send in a decent cross …no! Everyone was rooting for Kwarasey at the expense of Dauda n now you turn bk looking for another keeper. We lost a game but that doesn’t mean we out okay!

  24. Kwabena says:

    Stop stop stop stop all these accusations ,stop it! We still got 2 more matches to play .All of a sudden we got a million technical advisors ..

  25. mikron says:

    what do u expect from a nation that plays juju/kungfu football? rubbish team