Ex-captain Stephen Appiah wants tough World Cup draw for Ghana

Stephen Appiah

Stephen Appiah

Ex-Ghana captain Stephen Appiah prefers the Black Stars draw tournament favourites in their Group for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals.

The former Juventus and Fenerbahce star says the 2010 World Cup quarter-finalists should not be scared of playing some of the highly-rated countries early on in the tournament.

Appiah, who captained Ghana to her debut World Cup finals in 2006 and a bit-part player in South Africa, believes the current select-band of players are capable of conquering the world’s best sides.

The 32-year-old is of the view that having tough opponents will bring the best out of the team.

“I think that if we are going to be scared about the sort of countries we will face then we  have to forget  about  the World Cup,” Appiah told Joy FM.

“I think  the important thing is we have to  be prepared to meet any team comes our way

“At times you know football  can be very tricky, when you play against big clubs its more easier than playing with small countries so I think that we just have to be ready and we should be thinking about teams you want to meet in the tournament.”

FIFA will draw all 32 qualified countries into eight Groups of four each at a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro on 6 December.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. askantwi says:

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    GROUP A

    BRAZIL
    MEXICO
    CHILE
    ITALY

    GROUP B

    CAMEROON
    USA
    GERMANY
    ENGLAND

    GROUP C

    BOSNIA & HEZGOVINIA
    GHANA
    IRAN
    SPAIN

    GROUP D

    GREECE
    ECUADOR
    COSTA RICA
    BELGIUM

    GROUP E

    CROATIA
    IVORY COAST
    HONDURAS
    SWITZERLAND

    GROUP F

    HOLLAND
    JAPAN
    ARGENTINA
    NIGERIA

    GROUP G

    URUGUAY
    ALGERIA
    PORTUGAL
    AUSTRALIA

    GROUP H

    FRANCE
    RUSSIA
    COLUMBIA
    SOUTH KOREA

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  2. millennium says:

    @Asantwi. What has Nigeria done to deserve this wickedness

  3. kuukuphilly says:

    No question about that appiah

  4. askantwi says:

    Guys, not my fault oo. The draw just came out that way. Trust me, I don’t want nigeria or ghana to face a group like that. Boy, that was very funny, Millenium.

  5. Gada says:

    Ghana always performs well with big teams anytime Ghana is playing a smaller team we always lose all find it extra difficult to win

  6. Kwabena says:

    But seriously, Ghana can beat EVERY team in this tournament if we focus. I do not see how ANY team can be a problem. Ghana and Uruguay both kept the same squads after the World Cup. Uruguay is South American champions. They are ranked 7th in the World. Ghana has the same players and Ghana can do wonders in the World Cup. This is the second World Cup for about 50% of Ghana’s players. It is the third World Cup for Gyan and Muntari who are key players. Brazil has first timers dominating their squad. Netherlands has MANY first timers. Germany is like Ghana, most of the players are from the 2010 squad. So Ghana has an advantage. For the first time, Ghana has about 10 Champions League players to choose from. So guys, it is not as bad as it seems.