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Ghana better now than in 2010 - Akwasi Appiah

Posted On Sunday, 8th December 2013
Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah

Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah

By Ameenu Shardow, follow on Twitter @alooameenu

Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah believes the Black Stars are better equipped now to succeed at the World Cup than they were almost four years ago in South Africa.

Ghana have been drawn in a tough group alongside Germany, Portugal and USA.

The Black Stars know they have a fight on their hands – if they are to meet the preferred target of at least a semi final berth – meeting these crack sides.

But coach Akwasi Appiah believes his team is even better now than the 2010 crop that came to a penalty shootout away from a historic semi final qualification.

“It’s nice to meet Germany and also the US, who we beat in the last 16 in 2010,” Appiah said.

“We are a better team than in 2010 and I’m sure there will be a lot of surprises in this group.

“Talking of Germany, Portugal, United States and Ghana, you have to term it the Group of Death, but as I said before the draw, once you are prepared to go to the World Cup, you must be prepared to face any team that comes to a World Cup.”

Ghana will open its World Cup campaign against the USA before facing Germany and then Portugal.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. Kofi(Atlanta) says:

    I agree with Coachito 100%. The squad we have now is much better and experience than both 2006 and 2010.
    All we need is a win against USA and a draw against Germany. Portugal is man team so we can even top our group. I don’t thing the Germans are better than 2010. If anything, they are aged just like the Portuguese.
    I can predict that our worse is 2nd place but don’t be surprise to see us playing against Algeria who will likely place 2nd in group H
    Go Ghana!

  2. iantwii says:

    Ghana would definitely win group G. We might play Algeria in the next round. Wonderful.

  3. benny says:

    No doubt about that.We will whip all of them hands down.Our only weakness is Dauda.

  4. kuukuphilly says:

    May god c us through!

  5. Jaja says:

    What a bullshit, we are NOT better than 2010. In 2010 we had a Premier League-right back in Pantsil, a Bundesliga-left back in Sarpei, a Premier League central defender in John Mensah, and a Premier League goalkeeper in Kingson. What do we have now? Benchwarmers, so called good left-back playing somewhere in Tunisia, etc.

  6. Quincy among EA Sports 5star skill players says:

    The midfield and attack look better than in 2010 but Our defence is horrible. Our best choice would be to play David Addy not (Lee) at left full back and Opare at right full back, Inkoom and Afful are too slow to chase Ronaldo. Also just as we put Ayew on Krasic in 2010 against Serbia we can do the same by putting on Ronaldo to stop his runs and he would do it perfectly

    • CEREBRAL says:

      AA has to adopt some of the defensive ideas he learned from Milo whiles he was his assistant…or better yet he should develop his own defensive strategies even better than Milo’s. We have the players who can be drilled to adopt better Defensive tactics: Vorsah, Boye, Akaminko, Awal, Sumaila, Opare, D. Addy, J. Mensah. The defensive midfielders should also be included in the tactics, because they are the shield. Annan and KPG really helped shield the back 4 in 2010 WC. Annan and KPG did a lot of ‘dirty’ work intercepting balls whiles KPG was given the added responsibility to attack when necessary.

    • GHFUO, be serious & change ur MENtality says:

      @QUINCY
      OPARE N AFFUL AT RIGHT BACK. ADDY N NANA ASARE AT LEFTBACK. THESE R THE BEST, MOST EXPERIENCED CORNERS WE HVE. AA MUST ALSO CALL ABEYIE FOR THE RIGHT WING

  7. CEREBRAL says:

    I am not sure which players will be called by AA for WC 14, but I think the current team jells better than previously. It is evident that they understand each others’ play than previously. I think some of the players have played together in Europe at club level. This will help Ghana: for example Badu and K. Asamoah at Udinese; Muntari and KPG at AC Milan; Gyan and Muntari at Sunderland; Dede and Jordan at Marseille. The new players such as Waris, Atsu, Wakaso, Rabiu, Opare, Afful, Akaminko are fun to watch. There is still Acheampong, Yiadom, Odjer, Assifuah, Clifford Aboagye of the U20 waiting in the wings. Ghana just has to plan for the WC ‘to the teeth’.

  8. Maxwell Johnson says:

    The opener against the US is a must win! Its really important that we win our 1st game cuz that will be enough motivation going into the 2nd game against the Germans, nothing short of victory in our opener wont do our course any good at all cuz that will leave the group very open regardless of the result from the other game therefore its very important that we win our opening game against the Yankees! At least 2 draws from our last 2 games against Germany & Portugal should be enough to see us through to the round of 16. Look this is a very tough group so all the games will be very tough as well, the US are not pushovers they’ve improved quite a lot and they now have a better coach. However if we can win all our games (which I know we’re capable of doing) then its gonna serve as a morale booster going into the round of 16.

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  11. Cudjoe says:

    This time we don’t hv an easy group as we had back then Coach….so pliz do your homework cos everyone wants a piece of the BS.

  12. TC the zambian patriot says:

    I would agree with coach appiah that the black stars are better now than then. They are a more gelled team upfront and have added some pace to their attack with the coming in of that boy warris. Defensively not so much, but I still feel they have what it takes defend and punish those European teams & US. If anything Ghana have the mandate of satisfying the continent after bundling out Zambia out out of Brazil 2014. I would loved both teams to be at the WC, but the nature of the draw meant only team and it is the black stars. Meaning that as African as I am, I will support them- but my support doesn’t come cheap. Teams like Algeria have never impressed me. I am counting on ghana as well as the ‘under-achiving Cote d’ voire, with a possible suprise from Nigeria

  13. sam says:

    we only need a good preparation and with God we wud sail thru





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