Ghanaian youngster Kwabena Appiah insists Western Sydney Wanderers won't be distracted by hype in Australian A-League grand final
By Akyereko Frimpong Manson
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Ghanaian youngster Kwabena Appiah-Kubi has insisted his Western Sydney Wanderers side will not be disrupted by hype as they face Brisbane Roar in the grand final of the Australian A-League next week.
Sydney Wanderers are making their second straight appearance at the final of Australian top-flight league and the young winger is not ready to be disrupted ahead of the clash at the Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.
The 21-year-old said the fanfare of their debut grand final appearance, barely six months after the club’s birth, was so infectious it crept into the dressing room and became a distraction in the build-up to the 2-0 loss to Central Coast at Allianz Stadium.
“It was captivating. I think last year it wasn’t so much for ourselves, it was more for our fans. To win the premiership, go on a massive undefeated streak and if we then won the trophy, we would’ve gone down in history,” Appiah said.
“This year, we’re fired up more than ever to get our ultimate goal. Very focused. We learnt from last year about all the distractions leading up to the grand final, so that’s why I’m saying this week is so relaxed, so calm, not even playing on the players’ minds. It’s just another game.”
Appiah has made 10 appearances for Sydney Wanderers so far in the Australian season.