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Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah wary of Niger AFCON threat

Ghana coach James Kwasi Appiah has warned his side's upcoming Africa Cup of Nations match against Niger on Monday will be their toughest yet.

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah and Derek Boateng addressing a press conference

Ghana coach James Kwasi Appiah has warned his side’s upcoming Africa Cup of Nations match against Niger on Monday will be their toughest yet.

 

The Black Stars sit on top of Group B after following up a surprise 2-2 draw against the Democratic Republic of the Congo with a narrow 1-0 win over Mali.

 

While the Ghanaians are currently in a strong position, Appiah was quick to stress his side are no certainties to qualify and must prepare well in order to overcome Niger.

 

“We have played two games and for me the next game is the most difficult one,” he said.

 

“They (Niger) are very disciplined tactically and I see it as a game that will be very difficult for us. For that reason we need to prepare very well.”

 

Midfielder Derek Boateng echoed his coach’s sentiments, insisting his team-mates will go into the game with confidence after preparing thoroughly.

 

“This game is not going to be easy but we have prepared and we have been training very hard,” the Ukrainian-based player said.

 

“We are ready for them, every country that plays against Ghana finds it very tough. It will be more difficult than our two previous games. We know that but we will try and go out and win the game.”

READERS COMMENTS

  1. wil b tough but win wil b da stars

  2. killer says:

    Go all out! bcos the last days are dangerous and the entire Ghanaians are behind you

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

    WE CAN BEAT NIGER EASILY. THEY ONLY HAVE 3 DECENT PLAYERS. THEIR ATTACK N MIDFIELD ARE NON CONSISTENT. THEIR DEFENCE HAS LOOPHOLES.
    DANKOWA, MOUSSA, AND CHICOTO ARE THEIR ONLY DECENT PLAYERS. IF U NEUTRALISE THEIR CAPTAIN IN ATTACK, AND CONCENTRATE ON NEUTRALIZING DANKWA N CHICOTO
    IN DEFENCE, NIGER ARE IMPOTENT. AA SHOULD START ASANTE ON THE WING AND KISSI AT LEFT BACK. PERFECT TIME FOR AA TO USE AFFUL ON THE RIGHT AND
    KASA ON THE 11. AA SHOULD START PLAYERS LIKE CLOTTEY, YIADOM SO THEY CAN BUILD THEIR CONFIDENCE GOING INTO THE QUARTERS. WE SHOULD GET AT LEAST
    3 GOALS HERE. USE THIS GAME TO SHARPEN UR STRIKING FORCE N POLISH UR MIDFIELD. 2 TOUCH PER PLAYER, AND PASSING.

  4. SAIDU says:

    @GH FUO, THINK BIG!!!, stop use capital letter, use small letter. I can’t read your comment coz u re using capital letter

  5. zambia is our toilet hole says:

    Egyptian referee Ghead Grisha who awarded a dubious penalty for Zambia against Nigeria has been sent packing.

    Grisha hogged the headlines when he awarded a highly controversial penalty against the Super Eagles late in a Group C match on Friday to allow champions Zambia to draw level at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

    A top official of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) confirmed on Sunday that the 36-year old Grisha, who became an international referee in 2008, will take no further part in the on-going championship in South Africa.

    “He has been sent home. He will have no further action at this Nations Cup. His decisions did not tally with best practices of the refereeing profession and we would not allow anyone to start re-writing the rules of the game here,” said the official.