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2014 World Cup: Ghana will not be intimidated by BIG NAME players, says coach Kwesi Appiah

Ghana will be coming up against the dreaded Cristiano Ronaldo

Ghana will be coming up against the dreaded Cristiano Ronaldo

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says his team will not be intimidated by super star names within the ranks of opponents at the 2014 World Cup.

The Black Stars are drawn against Germany, Portugal and USA in Group G of June’s finals in Brazil.

Germany and Portugal in particular will be bringing along a host of world class players, making them favourites to win the World Cup alongside hosts Brazil.

The Germans, three time winners of the World Cup will be parading the likes Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Ozil, Marcos Reus, Mario Goetze, Manuel Neuer amongst others who are regular performers with top European clubs.

Portugal on the other hand will be unleashing the reigning best player Cristiano Ronaldo alongside the supporting cast of; Fabio Contrao, Nani, Hugo Almeida, Helder Postiga amongst others.

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah however chooses to focus on the collective strength of his team as he faces these top sides at the World Cup in Brazil.

“We have to play as a team and not be intimidated by the names within the opposition,” he told Accra-based Montie FM.

“If football was played with names then perhaps we shouldn’t even be at the World Cup.

“But we are at the World Cup and therefore must be prepared to face any team and not be daunted by the names.”

Ghana will open its campaign at the 2014 World Cup against the USA before taking on Germany and Portugal in the subsequent group games.

The Black Stars aspire to better their quarter final finish at the last World Cup four years ago in South Africa.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. GHANSON says:

    Coach, u just made my day! I dey feel You tu… I like that Yensro Hu mentality.. I hope the whole squad is in such good spirits as You are

  2. Talam says:

    Come what may,Ghana wil top de group.isha alla

  3. Ghanaman says:

    Coach. I feel your confidence. We all rooting for you.

  4. aconcagua says:

    again another needless comment. whether he focuses on collective or individual strengths his job is to deliver.i strongly smell in his statement that he may be subordinating all his preparations to the terror of the so called big guns in the group that he may lose sight of the need to carefully prepare and take advantage of these USA, who for my money may be the toughest to beat.

  5. Ghanaba says:

    We are taking Brazil by storm. Yentie obia…

  6. mysticvintage says:

    i like dam VIM….! ghana alll the wy…!!!!

  7. African Consciousness says:

    Coach you have cleared the first hurdle with flying colors. The next step is team building. Start team building exercises to help bring the lads together. There has to be a family atmosphere within the team. The lads have to trust each other and these being Ghanaians, it should not be hard to achieve. You have to get the foreign born Ghanaians and the indigenous born Ghanaians to see each other as one. There are some players that have been with the team a long time and are very comfortable. They must make the effort to welcome the new players. When you are in a circle and are clapping and singing the local songs in Twi and Ga etc make sure the foreign born players are included and are comfortable. During drills and warm ups mix the players up so the same two, three or four are not always together. Do the little things that will make all your players comfortable so when they are on the pitch they will trust each other as brothers and team-mates. Captain Asamoah Gyan, Michael Essien, are natural leaders of the team and they are both big names but also very laid back and will help with this important activity. Back room staff Stephen Appiah will also be a big help. Players that bring their ego to camp must be part of the 3 that get axed. Players that will bring you unnecessary red or yellow cards must be part of the 3 that get axed. Let your final selection be the best players with the best character and disposition. Good ambassadors for Ghana. Any player that does not fit this profile should be part of the 3 that get axed. The final 23 must be ultimate professionals, highly competitive but extremely disciplined, they must always know why they are on the pitch so we do not have anothr “Zidane” moment., ever!

  8. African Consciousness says:

    “another”

  9. Emeka says:

    We are going to paint brazil black….no doubt…black stars all the way…..blaaaaaa!!

  10. murungu says:

    Let us pray for the players n all to be fit n be in their right frame of mind. Goodness should be with thepm

  11. Puff says:

    Ghana all the way!!

  12. Godsaves says:

    That’s the spirit man, its high we Africans realised our potentials and brace up a fighting spirit in international competitions…I so much have this feeling that one African countries will make the final…maybe Ghana or Nigeria bt surely one out these countries will make history….all the way my people