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Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah unhappy despite AFCON semi-final feat

Posted On Sunday, 3rd February 2013

 

Kwesi Appiah demands more from his players

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah believes his side’s lethargic second half performance against Cape Verde took the shine out of their progression to the semi-final. 

The Black Stars pressured by the Blue Sharks during the entire second stanza of the quarter-final clash and were lucky not to have conceded-part to some brilliant saves from goalkeeper Fatau Dauda.

But the four-time African champions made experience count as midfielder Mubarak Wakaso scored a double to send them through to the last four.

Appiah, who maintained the same starting line-up which demolished Niger, celebrated the win but said some remedial amount of work is required ahead of Wednesday’s clash in Nelspruit.

“The first half was okay.”Appiah said after the game. “The second half was not one of our best games but I think we’ve got more room for improvement.”

“We were playing so well until when we had the first goal. That was when we had some deficiencies in our midfield

“On a whole our mental attitude was really good. Cape Verde dominated the second half, but we stood up and and the most important thing was that we got the win at the end of the day.”

Ghana will play either Burkina Faso or Togo who are in action on Sunday.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. zambia is our toilet hole says:

    HEY CYNICAL ZAMBIANS JUST FOLLOW THIS LINK AND YOU WILL BE MORE EDUCATED ON THE BEAUTIFUL GAME.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRjNbiguCBc
    ARTHUR WARTON.THE FIRST BLACK PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEGEND SINCE 1867 WAS FROM NO WHERE THAN GREAT GHANA.HAHAHAHA.YOU GUYS HAVE KNOW KNOWLEDGE ON SOME OF THESE THINGS SO JUST READ WIDE A LITTLE TO WIDEN YOUR HORIZON BECAUSE YOUR BRAINS ARE JUST TOO EMPTY SO YOU ARGUE PREMATURELY .THOSE DAYS WHEN YOUR GRAND FATHERS WERE NOT YET BORN,GHANA STILL HAD FOOTBALL THAT WAS RECOGNIZED BY THE INTERNATIONAL BODY EVEN HAVING ONE OF OUR OWN EMERGING THE FIRST BLACK PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEGEND BASED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AS AT 1867.TELL ME ,WHERE WERE YOUR GRAND PARENTS ,LEFT ALONE YOUR SO CALLED CHEAPOLOPOLO?NONSENSE.

  2. PITO says:

    Forget about this game. It’s past tense! Next game is against Burkina Faso or Togo. Start psyching up the boys now. GHANA BLACKSTARS LEGOOOO

  3. kpoku says:

    ghanaians should not worry,in 2009,when we won the u-20 the highest percentage in possession was 43 against ubekistan,you have to be more than just good to beat ghana.go go go stars.

  4. kpoku says:

    anthony annan should start in the semis

  5. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    on papaer, togo seems like the better team. I THINK TOGO WILL HAVE THE UPPER HAND HERE. TOGO HAS BETTER DEFENDERS AND THEY HAVE ADEBAYO. BURKINA RE WITHOUT THEIR BEST STRIKER. THEIR DEFENSE TAKES GAMBLES AT TIMES. TOGO WILL DEFEAT BURKINA…CAN GH BEAT TOGO? ARE WE REALLY PREPARED TO MEET THEM? TOGO PLAYS SIMILAR. AA SHOULD START JONATHAN MENSAH AND AWAL. USE AKAMINKO ON THE RIGHT OVER PAINSTIL. WITH ANNAN IN MIDFIELD. KASA ON THE 11, ATSU ON THE 7. ASANTE, WAKASSO N GYAN MUST COME FROM THE BENCH. CLOTTEY OR YIADOM MUST START AS STRIKERS

  6. Dr Who says:

    Playing Burkina will be easier for us because they lack flair and play robust & physical game.

  7. edmund says:

    The stars must work harder to lift up their game and win the next two subsequent marches if true Ghana want to win the cup.

  8. A concernend citizen says:

    Coach Appiah has hit the nail right on the head, The second half was a nightmare on the part of the BS. The midfield was broken down and Rabiu Mohammed was the culprit. He created so many fouls around the penalty box and even went his opponents 18″ to also create a foul..What is this? We were even scared he is going to attract red card to let the BS down. Now if you created foul around the penalty box for free kicks to awarded against you..What do you expert? Pressure and that was what we were experiencing. When you watch this guy/s play you will realize that he is either heckling some body or diving or sliding recklessly to crash into an opponent to get foul. All these creates problems at the midfield. Coach Appiah must replace him with Annan or Wakaso at 6 position.
    @ Another area coach Appiah must work on is communication at the defense. Our defense is now good but sometimes lacks communication.There were some lapses on the part of Vorsah which needs to be corrected.[What a heck were you doing to protect the ball for Dauda? Loosing concentration?]
    @Clinical finish is what Gyan needs but he is sluggish upfront now a days. Sometimes the coach has to substitute him with either Yiadom Boakyi [now fit] or Clottey to justify coach his principle of players competition in team to wake up Gyan from his slumber. Thank God the chance fell on the part of Wakaso to score the second goal. Had this chance fell on Gyan’s path, i don’t know what would have happened.
    @Another area Coach Appiah has to work on is the cohesion of the team which used to be the hall mark of the BS. Yesterday there were gargantuan faulty passes on the part of the BS, OMG me and you faulty passes..simple passes they can not co ordinate to each other? This all happened at the midfield and upfront too. I wish to state it was individual brilliance and experience which helped the BS out.
    Anyway, congratulations for winning the match and that alone should serve as a motivation to go into the next match with your winning mentality. I would like also to encourage fans and all on sundry to rally behind the BS to march to victory.

  9. Ole says:

    I don’t know why annan is still on the bench when he is fit now. Rabiu committed too many fouls in our last match n derick is not good either.

  10. Brong Ahafo says:

    Its true we’re playing like shitand our luck is coming to un end.We have been winning matches against the run of play,we need to play as a unite not kicking the ball aimlessly.Right now Nigeria is miles ahead of us when it comes to touch n go football…What’s going on?????

  11. Candice says:

    Football reinvented in NIGERIA…home of the Super EAGLES.





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