Ghana now at 70 percent - Coach Appiah

Ghana now at 70 percent - Coach Appiah

Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah with his players at the press conference

By Ameenu Shardow

Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah rates his team’s performance at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations at a 70 percent.

The Black Stars were ruthless in their 3-0 win over Niger in the final Group B game on Monday.

Goals from Asamoah Gyan, Christian Atsu and John Boye aside securing the emphatic win saw Ghana progress to the quarter finals as group winners.

The team will now face Cape Verde in the first game of the knockout round on Saturday in Port Elizabeth.

Many believe the Black Stars are now beginning to show signs of their title credentials in South Africa but coach Appiah says the team is yet to realize its full potential and that the team’s performance is at a 70 percent.

“Yesterday personally it is difficult for me to choose the defence, midfield or attack (on what excited him most about the win over Niger),” he said at the Black Stars post-match press conference on Tuesday morning.

“Personally I think tactically we attacked well and defended well as well.

“I won’t say I was 100 percent happy because there were some petty things I wasn’t happy about which I have to deal with.

“But saying that, overall performance I think the team did well. I think the players are getting to know the competition now and they are developing stage by stage.

“I will give them 70 percent, I believe they can do better than what they did yesterday.”

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Shaun says:

    smart statement…just to keep them focused and not to be carried away by the victory and performance.

  2. Boba Fett says:

    Kwesi is now smiling. Good for him.

  3. killer says:

    The pulling down peoples are seriously praying for AA and black stars kick out

  4. killer says:

    We shouldn’t be happy and over confidence,as we reach the quarter final we have to be focus and improve our play 2X or 3X than when we are in the preliminaries

  5. kwame pito says:

    The team should be FOCUSED right from the start of every game. IF WE FAIL TO TAKE OUR CHANCES, A LATE FLUKE GOAL MAY OCCUR AGAINST US. Just like zambia had against us at the last afcon. AND IT WILL BE TOO LATE IN TIME TO PULL ONE BACK. So The technical team should advice the boys especially the attackers. I hope we have Learned from our mistakes going into the knockout stages. Kudos

  6. the truth says:

    zambia is out!!!!!!

  7. kwame pito says:

    Lol Cheapolopolos have themselves to blame. You are going into tournament and your teamis not scoring in pretournament friendlies. When your big brother GHANA tells you, you reply that you are saving your goals for the tournament, How silly! fluke champs exposed! 1 goal and 3 draws.

  8. Pito says:

    Now you know that carrying the tag of superpower is not by mouth. Performing when you are a target is not easy and real superpowers like Ghana, Nigeria, CIV, Senegal, Cameroon have performed in the past even under scrutiny. bye sneaky cheap polos.

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

    START AFRESH AA. THIS A CLEAN SLATE. KNOCKOUT STAGES ARE REAL. NO TIME TO LEARN. EVERY GAME FROM HERE ON ID DO OR DIE!