2014 World Cup: What happened in Brazil will never happen again, Ghana coach assures

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has vowed never to allow all the side issues that rocked his team at the 2014 World Cup to be repeated.

The Black Stars crashed out of the tournament after the first round having finished bottom of Group G with just a single point.

It was the most disastrous campaign ever for the Ghana team that thrilled the whole world in their previous two appearances at the finals.

Disciplinary issues and player revolts rocked the Black Stars team in the heat of their campaign in Brazil.

The players had instigated a strike following the delayed payment of their appearance fee while Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng were expelled for various disciplinary issues.

Muntari physically attacked a high-ranking Ghana FA official while Boateng was said to have insulted the coach at a training sessions.

The ex AC Milan teammates were thrown out of the Ghana camp the morning before they faced Portugal in their final group game which they eventually lost 2-1 to crash out of the tournament.

And Kwesi Appiah who superintended over Ghana’s woeful showing in the tournament expected to be the best ever for the Black Stars has offered a guarantee it will never happen again under his watch.

“In 2006 and 2010 there were no issues. Everything was paid before the tournament,” he said.

“This time around it wasn’t the same and players having played one or two games and they are not getting what they are expecting, they will definitely react.

“I am 100 percent sure that once I am in charge, something like this will never happen again.”

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Emmanuel Appiah-kubi says:

    Please, thanks a lot for all what you have taken our football generation to so far. Hell will break loose if you ( kwasi Appiah) are not fired in the next few weeks to come. We’h done with your j.s.s Algericulture experiments. People, wake up, if this man don’t resigne, we as Black stars fans must excerise our Democratic power by demonstration

  2. obiba says:

    Just step down AA..it was a complete failure.

  3. Murtala says:

    Blame the Gfa chairman and the sport minister, they do not believe in you and the players that you could make it through the group stages till your match with Germany.that was when they started rushing for money, thiefs.

  4. redd says:

    This man is still running his mouth.You never prepared this team well for this tournament.While the likes of Algeria and Holland were playing four to five warm up games you were afraid to play because you knew you were going to be exposed.Please spare us.You have been given so much opportunity than any other bs coach in the last 30 yrs.U failed at Afcon,you were sent to Liverpool and man city to learn but as usual you only went to drink tea and take pictures.You are a disgrace to all ghanaians and you will leave this job whether u like it or not.We are waiting for you.

  5. sharky says:

    Marcel Desailly will have done a far better job than Aa. How can Asamoah Gyan and John Boye insist that you drop Kwarasey just 45min before the Germany game and you listened to them. This is absolutely nonsensical.

    • OGYA says:

      Asamoah Gyan is nothing but a weasel, how the hell he had the nerve to tell Akwesi Appiah what to do? and for Boye to have created an easy goals for the Americans and the Portuguese to run his mouth against someone else is the Ghanaian mentality. Blame somebody else for your mistakes.

      As for Akwesi Appiah, the further away he is removed from the Black Stars the better Ghana will be.

  6. kuukuphilly says:

    Masa they’re controlling u as well so what are u trying to tell us.spare us please just don’t open ur mouth to talk again.coaching doesn’t fit u at all’ u r too humble for the job so the earlier u resign the better…

  7. Cookes says:

    The coach learnt nothing from his mistakes at the 2013 AFCON and performed even worse at the World Cup. For the first time ever, Ghana failed to win one match at the World Cup. He’s a very poor tactician and man manager. It’s not likely Ghana will win major tournaments with him in charge.

  8. Habilu from Tamale says:

    Let pray should be ture.like u n sulley

  9. PAPA says:

    you need to just resign. you are not a good coach thats the end of the story. you had the best ghana team in years at ur disposal and u achieved nothing. u cudnt even organise a SINGLE set piece! useless. u expect respect from players who have played at such high levels and u dont even know where to play ur players. we have baba rahman at left back that boy is ghanas future in that position it was plain to see at the u20 world cup. u drop him and decide to waste kwadwo asamoah in that position. u are really daft. even sammy told u to play kasa in midfield. please just leave

  10. AkosuaGhana says:

    Go Away! It’s over for you wheter you like it or not…and you sound pathetic trying to beg to retain your job and defend the indefendsible. Ghanians in Ghana make sure to show up in your numbers @ FLAGSTAFF HOUSE on JULY 1st @ 6AM in protest to ensure that mahama gets the message loud and clear that we will no longer settle fo mediocrity, cluelessnes and corruption from so-called “leaders!” Ghana expects and deserves more…including a better president if Mahama feels that he is not up to the job and get rid of those who exhibit gross incompetence.

  11. AkosuaGhana says:

    …whether you like it or not…

  12. Jay-Dean says:

    Akwasi Appiah, please leave the Ghana National Team alone.
    Go look for some colt-level team to “coach” with your infantile ideas and Cocoa-ase Coaching Certificate. I am sure not even your own former club, Kotoko will hire you.
    You have been given chances and enjoyed the fullest support of Ghana fans than any coach in our history, yet you failed us miserably. The US qualified out of this group and we couldn’t even manage a win for the first time ever.

    What is even appalling is that somehow you think you did a great job. You are nothing but an ignorant nobody masquerading as a coach. Even before you moved into your current position, the GFA made you an assistant coach for over 5 years. Yet you didn’t seem to learn anything. We were supposed to play 4 international friendlies including Chile, and Costa Rica before the WC but you told the FA you wanted only Holland and S.Korea. We never saw a consistent first 11 in your tenure. Even after serving as an assistant coach all these years you still didn’t have the common sense to take take enough defenders to the WC (only 6 for the whole tournament).
    I for one I am sick and tired of seeing your stupid face and your tiresome, moronic excuses. Leave our team alone. Idiot.

  13. Boro says:

    AA SHUT UP! Don’t infuriate us with these silly assurances. You are very stupid to suggest that you will still be in charge. What assurance didn’t u give us after you failed in the afcon 2013 in south africa. We all supported you despite your adding some few players such as Inkoom, Adomah, Essien , Kelvin Prince Boateng who should have been replaced by say Ainooson, Adusei, Sulley Nuru and Accam you continuosly assured us that you have total confidence in all your selected players. So why did you then sack two of these players? You are one of the most lucky coaches to have been given the most opportunities, because of your foolishness to take simple decision like our neighbour Stephen Keshi who has managed to instil discipline in the Nigerian team by dropping the so called players who thought they are indispensable did. You heard all this and prior to naming your squad also a senior analyst suggested you drop Essien but out of fear, you could not. You are too coward and foolish to coach the current crop of talents. Ghana now need world class disciplinarian coach to really get the best out this class of talents and also give the captaincy to Dede Ayew rather this dancer and comedian Asamoah Gyan, period!

    • Sean says:

      I agree with you Boro! I’m here wondering what’s making this coach believe he is still the man for the national team by trying to force himself on the people after failing them like this. The players are very very talented and professional and for that matter, the players need a professional coach to coach the entire team not with the help of Nyantakyi or some corrupt official. If a whole sports minister’s job is taken away from him by the president, what’s then making the coach think he is still in charge? It’s a shame to know this is how the coach is thinking.

  14. Adebayo says:

    We will not permit a tyranny of the ignorant, Mr. AA! You messed up your selection, messed up the preparation, lacked consistency, lacked emotion and zeal, lacked communication skills, lacked courage/knowledge to change your tactics even when it was evident that change was necessary, has been subjected to insult and ridicule by some senior players in front of the younger ones! Your Serbian masters set up a 4-5-1 system that worked well for important matches. You messed with the system without knowledge and confused the players with silence! Kwadwo Asamoah literally begged you to push him upfield a little. You could easily have done this by introducing a third centre back and pushing the winged backs forward in a 3-5-2 that becomes a 5-3-2 in defensive posture! For you 4-4-2 is the best and you sacrifice some of your best players because as you said after the match against the US, ‘we wanted to start with a 4-4-2 system! Every coach plays a system best suited to his best talents, he does not force the players to fit into a system in which they lose their shine! Mr. AA, you have everything working against you! Apply for the King Faisal coaching job-Grunsah will defend you against the Zongo players!

  15. Barnabas Senyo says:

    A greedy and African bustard. He will sacrifice the joy of all Ghanaian’s just for his pocket. When will you admit that you are not fit for the job. You are too African by refusing to resign until you are disgracefully sacked.

  16. nana yaw says:

    hw is a block headed man
    he didn’t learn anytin from da foreign coach he assisted ask him each of dem played kwadwo asaomah as left back.. U hv to lev ur office u disappointed da whole nation

  17. Jay Dean says:

    Akwasi Appiah, please leave the Ghana National Team alone.
    Go look for some colt-level team to “coach” with your infantile ideas and Cocoa-ase Coaching Certificate. I am sure not even your own former club, Kotoko will hire you.
    You have been given chances and enjoyed the fullest support of Ghana fans than any coach in our history, yet you failed us miserably. The US qualified out of this group and we couldn’t even manage a win for the first time ever.

    What is even appalling is that somehow you think you did a great job. You are nothing but an ignorant nobody masquerading as a coach. Even before you moved into your current position, the GFA made you an assistant coach for over 5 years. Yet you didn’t seem to learn anything. We were supposed to play 4 international friendlies including Chile, and Costa Rica before the WC but you told the FA you wanted only Holland and S.Korea. We never saw a consistent first 11 in your tenure. Even after serving as an assistant coach all these years you still didn’t have the common sense to take take enough defenders to the WC (only 6 for the whole tournament).
    I for one I am sick and tired of seeing your stupid face and your tiresome, moronic excuses. Leave our team alone.

  18. selfmade says:

    Am surprised that AA is taking the blame instead of coming out with what actually happened! This is another communication goof by this coach and the early he knows what he is doing the better it LL be for him!

    After every tournament, they blame u and why don’t u be bold and tell the world the absolute truth? I don’t understand u mister! If they decide to fire u for saying the truth, they pay u HEFT COMPENSATION because u have a contract with Ghana and any termination from the fa ll led to breach of the contract!

    Mister, i have defended u a lot over here and though I know that Ghana wasn’t bad in Brazil in terms of our play, is about time u call a spade a spade and come out with the truth! Let the world knows what went on so that we all try to rectify it rather than always covering up!

    The main difference between black coaches and their white counterparts are that, the former is very timid and not brave enough but I guess if a white coach was in charge, he LL make sure that sulley and muntari are punished by their clubs by sending reports to their respective clubs!!

    Now is the time for u to be a man!!

    • Nii from Mamprobi says:

      Dude,

      AA cannot talk clearly and he has no credentials. Please show us what track record or what on his CV shows you that he can be the man. He crapped his pants in front of the whole world and only idiots like you who like being cheated and duped by your leaders would defend such incompetence. If a White coach or a Black Coach with true world class level experience and training was in control.

      (1) He would have made sure his players were paid prior to WC.
      (2) He would have displayed strong tactical skills to utilize and benefit his players so they could succeed not find scapegoats after each match. how do you bench Kwarasey but let John “invisible man who kisses $1ook” Boye play all three matches.
      (3) How can you suspend 2 key players before Portugal match, true leader defuses the situation or waits until after the game to deal with it. discipline how? you your self are not a disciplined coach, you still dont have your starting XI …..
      (4) A real leader and manager would take the blame and protect his team and even offer to step down.

      We underachieved there is nothing else to say, no excuses. The GFA is rotten and must be cleansed. from top to coach.

      The nation should praise these players form standing up and exposing these lazy educated fools and lazy shoeshine mafia boys who are bloodsucking Ghanaians.

      We have oil but my family in Ghana is calling me saying they had to wait all night for fuel how?corruption…dumsor how? corruption. judgement debts payments how? corruption.

      Airlifting 3 mil $ in cash so they can chop some, we are not fools like you my brother.

      Its clear AA was hired so GFA could control him.

      I am glad the truth is coming out. Ghana has been disgraced but we will overcome becuase this is a blessing in disguise. football is the one thing we all agree on. Now we see it is not NDC vs NPP it is. Integrity and Honor vs Greed and Corruption!!!

  19. Don says:

    Useless coach, he needs to be fired with immediate effect. He is not capable and technically bankrupt, he has disgraced the entire nation.

  20. steveK says:

    The real problem I would dare to say was with the coaching.
    Did I just hear you say it will never happen again under your watch?
    Where have you been Buddy? You believe you should be given another chance?

    Was that the best defense you could gather from the whole Ghana? II will dare to say that Pentsil and John Mensah even in their old-age would have done 200% better than Boye (the idiot who was brandising money on foreign TV) and the sorry Jonathan.Ole-le will never PALM a ball back into the center of the field. That is so elementary. Dauoda didn’t know to push a ball over the bar? and then of course after every set piece went into the net I guess he figured he’d rather palm it back than concede a corner kick…… What ever happened to Vorsah for Christ’s sake?

    It looked like any ball that got through to the back had to be allowed to enter into the posts…….
    Was that the very best we could muster from Good old Ghana? If Jonathan was not standing idle watching balls being kicked into the net, BOYE was kicking the balls in himself.

    I have never felt so humiliated supporting the BLACK STARS of Africa?

  21. Nii from Mamprobi says:

    All you idiots that want to condemn KPB & Muntari – wake up.

    You think players who play in Champions league and are world class level would want to disgrace them selves unless they are mad like Suarez. use your brains!!!

    The coach was disorganized, lacked leadership and was confused tactically and the GFA was trying to fix matches and scam the players.

    Gyan & Boye asked Appiah to drop Kwarasey -KPB

    http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/SportsArchive/artikel.php?ID=314744

  22. Tanko says:

    Akwasi Appiah and Kwesi Nyantakyi: please do yourselves and Ghanaians a favor and step aside and let us forge. You both are disgrace to the nation and soccer in general. Bye!

  23. luca says:

    This guy likes the job paa o..kw3..onte gyai
    Well he said the black stars would surprise the world ..kw3 surprise they surely did.
    Now he says it won’t happen again. .y did he have a hand in the money affairs to knw it won’t?
    Most managers wud ve blamed bad management if they had been acting independently. But it seems he’s literally here begging n pleading that it won’t happen again..qstn is how do u knw?..he must go!!

  24. Alhaji says:

    So angry to here AA ranting,wat is he still dreaming of? He shd give us a break.enough is enough.lets vote FA prez n his bunch out n AA will shut up cos d guy still got some hope.I personally think there are better people like his assistant,Tanko n a whole bunch,we not allowing the FA to have their way,we have been disgraced n embarrassed twice n AA is still wat pushing for wat the third time,that’s mere stupidity.spare us d crap.if the govt is smart they shd really do something cos economy=mess ,sports ministry=Incompetence n politicization,FA=corruption n disorganized. Coach=inexperience n clueless! the only small thing that makes us happy I mean football you guys can’t even make us happy!we don’t fight over lack of gas,electricity,water but with our football pls we make wild paaa.mmoa sem kwa

  25. AkosuaGhana says:

    D**n sure it won’t happen again, AA…BECAUSE you will be long gone!

  26. Alhaji says:

    We thank you very much and good bye to you n the FA chairman,we hope you guys find other lucrative jobs like Ghana sports,I now believe Saani owns this site cos they decide wat comments they will post,why waste my time.

  27. upscale says:

    if we dont change the guy and rebuild the team. we will never get anywhere .

  28. African says:

    Ghanaians, please! please!. You’re expecting too much from those ordinary players that you have as black stars. They are not supernatural after all. Zambia could have performed better than those disgraced bs players. Next time make sure you’re represented well as africans. By this, i mean stop letting your opponents train in the car park, and you will smile as Africans. Am enjoying this your pain big time. Hahahahahaha!

  29. African says:

    Ghanaians, your football is just kick and rush, no thinking, clueless and full of muscle-work, but nothing technical and tactical at all. Go back to the drawing board once again for the 1000th tiime.

  30. K Man says:

    AA is a stooge of the GFA Those who keep on defending him need to to wake up. There is a world of difference between a man who has integrity but is out of his depth and admits it to one who (for his stomach) and because he lacks conviction continues to provide cover stories for a corrupt organisation.

    AA has to go and GFA need to be reshuffled with new leadership.

  31. Fiscko says:

    I warned you Akwesi Appiah, but you did not listen, i told you before the world cup that, playing friendly in the U.S will fuck the whole thing up. We need very intelligent and educated management and coach to take over Black Stars. If i were you Akwesi Appiah, i will resign as soon as possible, and the GFA should be dissolve. We have given them too many chances, but their cups are full. Nyantachyi should be sack also without delay. I believe John Boye took bribe from the U.S. It has to investigate,