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Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah positive about future despite third-place defeat

Posted On Sunday, 10th February 2013

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah directing affairs from the bench in the quarter-final clash against Cape Verde

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah insists there are plenty of positives to build on despite Ghana’s 3-1 defeat to Mali in Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations third-place play-off.

The Black Stars failed to dust themselves off their semi-final defeat to Burkina Faso against a Seydou Keita-inspired Eagles side for the bronze medal.

Ghana conceded first when Mahamadou Samasa headed home on 21 minutes unmarked inside the box.

Mali captain and talisman Keita doubled the lead just after the break with a calm finish and in between that Kwadwo Asamoah scored a beauty from 20 yards.

But Patrice Carteron’s side were still not content as second half substitute Sigamary Diarra slotted in the third in stoppage time.

Appiah, who is expected to maintain his job, explained what accounted for his side’s defeat in Port Elizabeth.

“I personally believe they performed very well, It is unfortunate. When you have your chances and don’t take it, that is where sometimes you see experience and those coming up,” Appiah said at a post-match conference.

“Considering that fact that I have so many [young players] in the team, I believe they will do well anytime they are given this opportunity again because by then, they would have had experience in playing in competitions.”

Ghana were beaten 2-0 by Mali for third place at the 2012 edition which was co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. odiawuo says:

    After watching the matches very keenly and reading all the posts here involving ghanains.fake zambians and congos whatsoever i feel am fully qualified to type here today.First am glad we lost ,because it will bring humility to the football circle.imagine ghana using this team and this lost coach for a world cup.the coach is very naive ,the players not that good and the footballers riding on shoulders of past glorious players .appiah must resign.some of the old players needs to come back and more strikers better strikers needed.

  2. yopoo says:

    What is this man talking about we still remember what you said when you were appointed as a coach you said you are going to win the afcon now see your end you don’t know anything about coaching I don’t know what you told your players they look so naïve you played the entire tournament with only 11 shots at goal that is very poor my friend. if you know what is good for you just resign and go and look for some academy to train black stars is too big for your small head.I’m ashame of you for refusing to accept your mistakes.

  3. KWAME PITO says:

    Expected to keep the job? We are not serious at all. Frankly speaking if we dont rush in a foreign coach who is more qualified we will miss out on 2014. A new coach will be bring a new strategic FORMATION to the blackstars, use what we have and obviously omit Gyan of uae. This will elevate the players mentally and there will be no qualms. If we allow A.A to stay, controversy will engulf the team. Making Gyan who at the moment doesn’t even deserve a call-up, the captain was our water-loo. A Correction and restructuring is the way to go. Bring in someone else ASAP. Claude leroy, plavi, selas tetteh e.t.c

    • Ghanaman says:

      Maybe a foreigner who is a carpenter should be rushed in to take your job!!!

      • Redd says:

        Yes, a foreigner who is a carpenter like Milo who took a team of u-20′s to the final of AFCON ’10 and quarters of WC ’10 or a traffic controller like the cape verde coach who was able to take a lowly ranked team to the AFCON and proved to the whole world that only african referees can eliminate his team.

    • Papa says:

      What Ghana is lacking is a focus player or creative midfielder who is going to orchestrate the team’s movement and passes. Someone like a Xavi or Pirlo. Mali has Keita, Nigeria has Mikel, Zambia has Kalaba, Tunisia has Msakni. Kwadwo Asamoah and Badu are excellent players, but they are basically destroyers and not creators. They bring steel to the midfield and not vision. Dede and Jordan were a big miss because they bring dribbling skills and a killer instinct to the team. Muntari also has that killer instinct that was missing in SA. Asante, Atsu and Wakaso are still very raw and have not yet reached the level that could take the BS to African glory.

  4. KWAME PITO says:

    A.A only went to sell raw-talent players at AFCON.
    A.A is a salesman.

  5. What goes around, comes around says:

    Pink stars flop again

  6. Watataman says:

    Black stars, GFA and some players must be investigated:
    Six principles that help me be a better person in my line of business include planning, product knowledge, persuasive, price, perseverance and persistence.
    That said, I hate a short term plan, neither do I price tag a product without due knowledge. But in order to persuade one to be comfortable with me, I have to prove my skills by going through all due diligent repeatedly. Once I mastered through the hard way, no one can stand between me and my client.
    Why do GFA call players on short notice for a major tournament such as this and continue to embarrass Ghanaians both home and abroad over and over again. The saying goes, Ghanaians do things anyhow because they fail to plan for the long term. Who is making noise over there about GFA sharing bonuses with players. Guess it was a whisper.
    It’s this failure a call to revisit the Ayew saga or lets just sweep it under the carpet. Oh please give me a break; just sicko of your daily accusation about a rift between Ayew, some players and the coach. Some players celebrated after hearing of the Ayew drop, say whaaat!!. How about the usual saman mo singing and dancing at the camp, that always touch the heart of the world. Though I despise indiscipline, I also believe in unity for a cause. Can’t believe this is another whisper.
    Player rotation is a way to establish confidence and dispel doubt. I can’t believe the coach and Ghanaians always put their heart and soul in a single player in one department of excellence. From Asamoah Gyan penalty kicks and massive heart attacks to Wakaso clinical kicks and tiresome.
    Did the coach came out after the Niger game and talk out loud, Asamoah Gyan was the best striker at Ghana camp. Really, what a buffoon, how could a father pick and chose his best children at home. Hope there will be peace at home after such proclamation.
    Most times our adage goes ” wisdom precede knowledge”. But I beg to differ, some education helps instill discipline, reinforce tactics and assigned task easily accomplished.
    Are we learning to shy away from fre fre ko bo or put into use available materials but polish them for the next task ahead.
    New king new rule but confusion first before acceptance. I rest my case.

  7. Lmk says:

    GHANA LEARN TO HUMBLE YOURSELVES

    Your were very quick at insulting Zambians when they exited early at the ongoing Afcon and yet you had not even crossed the most difficult part of the bridge for whatever reasons.Look at the double humiliation you suffered at the hands of Bukinabes and Malians. I only hope you have learnt your leasons. We are still meeting at your own home field for our final leg of World cup qualifiers. Good luck and may our gracious Lord show you wisdom.

    • kantoose says:

      ZAMBIAN, add cape verde too. because we don’t have a coach. I remember after our friendly against capeverde in portugal, I SAW WHAT A FLOP DEREK BOATENG WAS. he had not played for a whole season and he was bad. but afcon squad comes and lo and behold DEREK BOATENG, and some unknowns. You cannot use a spoon to do the work of a shovel, you will kill yourself that way. Sack A.A

  8. Biggie says:

    If Plavi was sacked for placing 4th at the last tournament without the help of refrees, why should Akwesi Appiah stay for placing 4th with the help of refrees? The Black Stars is too big for Appiah, I dont think the players even respect him thats why he is always complaining about tactical indicipline frm his players. How can u make Asamaoh Gyan your captain after he returned frm self imposed exile? Dropping Ayew bros was even worse. This guy will kill our team if we dont sakkkk him.

  9. Shotto says:

    Akwasi Appiah is not a coach but a business man. He and Nyantakyi are just using our team to get contracts for their players and make money. How can u go a tournament with Team B???………..Team A- Essien, Muntari, Dede, Jordan, KPB, Quincy,Waris, David addy, Aquah, E Frimpong. with Essien as Captain.

  10. Rodriguez from Spain. says:

    I weep for Ghana football. I hope that those boastful Black Star fans would realize now that football is not played with mouth and paper. Once again, I weep for Ghana football.

  11. gentle john says:

    What is he talking about?he should be ashamed of himself,to me he is not a coach because he does not know anything about coaching,maybe physical instructor,some former Blacks Stars players,local coaches and sport presenters are saying Kwesi Appiah should be given another chance,is it because he is a local coach? they know he is not good but they afraid to say it open because people will say they are jealous of him,anybody who will say GFA should give Kwesi Appiah another chance does not want anything good for Ghana football,i said it but people did not listen to me,they think since we are wining by the help of referees the team was good,i said it from day 1 that this coach is the worst Black Stars coach i have ever seen in many years,CAF wanted Ghana to go to finals at all so cost so they started stealing for us from our second match,i was very sad last Wednesday not because we did not go to the finals but i was sad because Black Stars were playing like a primary school football team,he must be kick out now before he totally destroy the Black Stars,GFA should go for a top class coach before.

  12. gentle john says:

    What is he talking about?he should be ashamed of himself,to me he is not a coach because he does not know anything about coaching,maybe physical instructor,some former Blacks Stars players,local coaches and sport presenters are saying Kwesi Appiah should be given another chance,is it because he is a local coach? they know he is not good but they afraid to say it open because people will say they are jealous of him,anybody who will say GFA should give Kwesi Appiah another chance does not want anything good for Ghana football,i said it but people did not listen to me,they thought since we were wining by the help of referees the team was good,i said it from day 1 that this coach is the worst Black Stars coach i have ever seen in many years,CAF wanted Ghana to go to finals at all so cost so they started stealing for us from our second match,i was very sad last Wednesday not because we did not go to the finals but i was sad because Black Stars were playing like a primary school football team,he must be kick out now before he totally destroy the Black Stars,GFA should go for a top class coach.

  13. Fivestargeneral says:

    If Kwesi Appiah is in charge of ghana when Zambia come you will be beaten fire him now!he is clueless kwarasey on the bench? And kwadoo at leftback he thinks Ghana are juventus? And am Zambian by the way FIRE HIM

  14. Ras says:

    O S K A N – Operation Sack Kwesi Appiah Now!!!

  15. Congoman says:

    Losers. Congo and Zambia are far better then your BShithole.
    Mali hammered and humbled you whith a whipping!.
    You suppose to lose by 5 goals. The BS is finished, distroyed and exposed by Seydou Keita.

    • peace says:

      My dear Congoman your team is more useless than Ghana team,in Ghana we can blame the coach because he’s the one who caused this downfall but as for Congo your entire team his just useless and hopeless so stop insulting Ghana and go take care of your own players.

    • Kilo says:

      GH has enough talents to replace all the 23 players. You guys will still depend on your under performing players. Go to a big league and command a starting place then we know you are a star. You think it is easy to be in the starting line up of teams like Real Madrid, Ac Milan, olympique marseille, Juventus and the rest. Even your top striker could not get a regular place in Sunderland. You even have the guts to compare with us. The worst we can do is fourth place. Tell us your worst.

  16. nimo says:

    This is by far their worst performance in the tournament. I think it’s good they lost in a way,cos it will make them realise they are not as good as everybody else thinks they are, they’re overrated. The complacency must go so they can prepare well for tournaments. The coach must be forced to do sports pyschology as well as physiotherapy to make him competent.

  17. Ziggma says:

    We all know Kwesi Appia is not a good coach, even Max Konadu is better. we better sack him now or forget about the world cup, this is worse Black Stars I have seen in years, even with the help of refrees we couldnt perform.

  18. Kwame says:

    The 2 Kwesis, Appiah n Nyantakyi must go.

  19. da76 says:

    CLUELESS,USELESS,INEPT ROOKIE COACH.

  20. Edward says:

    I think coach Appiah might be watching a different match. Our boys were useless. Under a different coach the boys would have beaten even Spain, the world champions. This is what they have to do:1.change the formation, that is, most of the time play 4-4-2 or 4-3-3. 2.Get more strikers. football is about scoring goals thus get strikers who have eyes for goals.3.Retire most of the old players like John Pantsil, Derek Boateng etc. 3. Change the coach; he does not know how to read a game. 4. Look for more defenders, the current ones dont know what they are doing. 5.Try to improve on your ball distribution as well as playing quick fluid game.

  21. pius_malama says:

    Chipolopolo will come and finish ghana.honestly you don’t have quality in your team,don’t blame the coach he did his level best with those finished players football is not about names.come wcq you will see.by the way wakaso is the only player in ghana,lets hope he does’nt become big headed like some players i wont mention any name.

    • Kilo says:

      Maybe that mbezumah guy with his head like a boat is what you refer to as quality. Chipolopolopo or whatever they are called is just an excuse of a team. No wonder you couldn’t survive. This time there were no ghosts to help you and we all saw it. Age has caught up on that you Katanga man. Your mayuka is the chief bench warmer in England. At least we are not blaming anyone but ourselves for coming 4. You are blaming everyone but yourselves for not being able to score. I think Zambians are the most Immoral and uncivilised people in Africa. How can underachievers make so much noise. You are the shortest Afcon winners in history and one of the few to give it away without a fight. Give us a break.

      • Nana Asare says:

        The funny thing about life is that nobody remembers who came 2nd, 3rd or 4th. We were Champions last year and nobody will take that away from us. Further though we bowed out in the first round we never lost a game suffice to say that the 2 teams in the finals came from our group signifying how tough the group was. Mean while for your wait for a trophy since 1982 continues. Good luck as we meet soon for the world cup qualifiers.

    • Africanus says:

      At least Ghana placed 4th. How did Zambia perform, were you first, second, third or fourth? You can’t possibly say, because your team is among the low of the lowest performers. Though Ghana has not won the cup for three decades, do you know how many times we have placed second, third or fourth over that period? Even that we are not on your websit insulting your team and country for placing last. Yet you have the effrontery to go to our websit to insult us. Lets see how long it takes you to recover from your devastating downfall. If you make it to the 4th place in 2015 I will grade that as a good recovery, but I doubt you could.

  22. Mojahadine says:

    Akwesi Appiah has lost all his credibility to say anything. He sabotage MILO to get the job and what do we get for it? a worse off Black Stars. He needs to be removed due to the miserable and the pathetic nature of the Ghana Black Stars performance at the AFCON. His uninspiring and miserable coaching coupled with consistently putting Asamoah Gyan upfront knowing perfectly well that this single player has squandered most of the opportunities Ghana had to score goals. Ghana’s downfall at the AFCON was solely due to Asamoah Gyan’s stupidity, diminished skills and lack of self control to convert lots of opportunities that any average striker could have converted to goals.

    It’s about time someone expose Asamoah Gyan for who he is as a mediocre striker. All the pied pipers of the Ghana media seem to blow his horn and yet they fail to realize that this guy scores a ton of goal s at his D-league in UAE but in tougher competitions like the AFCON he fails to deliver. So why do they keep calling him to the Black Stars? Bribery. It is time a better alternative is found. He is not the only striker that can come from Ghana. He is bringing the Black Stars down. All other African countries are improving while the BS is regressing. Are you kidding me, Black Stars can’t beat Bokina Faso and Mali? Unbelievable.

    Just looking at the playing style of Nigeria’s Super Eagles and I am even ashamed to call myself a Black Stars fan. Their extremely accurate passes, creativity, intelligence made me very very jealous. While the Black Stars passes were intercepted at every attempt or two, the Nigerians were very calm, controlled and held the ball for as long as they could making the opposition like the Ivory Coast and Mali looking very discouraged. It was very disgraceful to watch the Black Stars play with no sense of direction. It was very humiliating to watch them.

    The only way to improve the Black Stars is to dump Akwesi Appiah and his coaching staff, replaced him with winners and a more competent coaching staff led by Sillas Tetteh with Kuuku Dadzie assisting him to strengthening the defense.

    The GFA as it stands now is filled with idiots of a particular tribe that I do not even want to mention. That association is supposed to be a representation of the most qualified football administrators, scouts and qualified coaches in Ghana but instead what we have there are beggars, bastards and corruptible elements who are practicing nepotism, cronyism and tribalism.

    The only way Ghana will ever win another AFCON will be to remove Nyantakyi and his gang of robbers as well as ending the Black Stars career of players like Asamoah Gyan and Derek Boateng.

  23. may his peace prevail says:

    @Kilo. may God bless you. You have said it all.

  24. texas says:

    Zambia was the most useless team at this year’s AFCON! see you in Kumasi….Ghana will win the game and we treat the chipopolo boys the same you treated Black Star players in Zambia…..a tooth for tooth an eye for an eye!… :( :(…

  25. bawah says:

    IF WE DONT WANT TO WATCH THE WORLD CUP ON TV THEN APPIAH MUST GO!TACTICALLY VERY POOR.





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