Interview: German ambassador to Ghana John Ruediger urges patience for Kwesi Appiah
By Rahman Osman
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German ambassador to Ghana John Ruediger reflects on his country’s World Cup triumph at thee just concluded tournament in Brazil.
He also spoke on the Black Stars performance and says the team has the potential to blossom in future tournaments with the backing of Ghanaians.
Ambassador Ruediger spoke exclusively to GHANASoccernet.com’s Rahman Osman
GSN: Ambassador how did you feel when Gotze scored the winner?
Ambassador: Very easing I must say we were all sitting on thorns before the final goal. But very satisfactory.
GSN: What did you make of the teams overall performance?
Ambassador: I think for the second world cup in the running we played as a unite the only difference is that this time we had luck, football is interesting after the preparatory game against Cameroon people didn’t believe in the team but that’s when we actually went on to win it.
GSN: What did you make of the 7-1 score line against Brazil?
Ambassador: I never saw that coming it was unexpected I doubt anyone saw that coming but that tells you how football works, I think after that people starting believing this was our time. Despite the score line we made a lot of mistakes but I must admit Brazil were a bit poor.
GSN: Did you for once feel Ghana could qualify alongside Germany?
Ambassador: Yeah that was my hope. I am German and Ghana is my second home so I really wanted Ghana to go through alongside Germany but unfortunate it wasn’t to be. I feel Ghana have an exciting team of course Boateng and Asamaoh are world class. I think they will come good with time.
GSN: How do you rate the German coach’s performance?
Ambassador: I think Joechim Low has his fair share of critism in the past but the good thing is that he believed in his philosophy and stuck to it. Most people in Germany were beginning to get tired with him but I feel he learnt well from the failure in South Africa.
GSN: How do you compare Low with Kwesi Appiah?
I think Kwesi Appiah was ok. Not a good tournament for him but am sure he will come good if Ghanaian’s allow him time. Low almost left and now everybody is hailing him so with a bit patient it gets better
GSN: Who was your best German Player?
Amabassador: I know who you are expecting but I will disappoint you a bit for me it was Manuel Neuer without a doubt simply the best in the world at the moment.
GSN: Final message to Germans in Ghana?
Congratulations and let’s celebrate as all Germans do knowing that we can only get better.
GSN: Thank you ambassador