Kwesi Appiah backs whiz kid Atsu to sparkle at AFCON

Christian Atsu failed to deliver against DR Congo

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah expects Christian Atsu to find his rhythm in subsequent Group B matches at the Africa Cup Nations.

The hugely talented youngster was a shadow of his former self which saw him being linked with a host of European sides during last June’s transfer window.

Atsu-one of Ghana’s debutants at the tournament, was handed a starting role but could not meet expectations.

The FC Porto midfielder made little impact in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with DR Congo in Port Elizabeth.

But Appiah believes the 20-year-old will rediscover his form as the tournament progresses.

“Atsu is one of the young talents that every Ghanaian relied on to start very well in such a competition,” Appiah said.

“Most of the time, you could be the best player in the world but once you go into a competition that you have not been in before, you may start slowly.

“I have been talking to him yesterday (Sunday) and today (Monday) and we need to raise his confidence level and psyche him up.

“And I believe that, Atsu,even though we did not have a good game yesterday (Sunday), along the line you will see the real Atsu.”

Source: MTNFootball.com

READERS COMMENTS

  1. bawah says:

    THE AFCON IS NOT FOR KIDS.LOOK AT THE MUSCLES THE CONGOLESE DISPLAYED!

    • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

      GHMAN, I HVE SEEN ATSU PLAY ON THE RIGHT WING FOR PORTO MANY TIMES. I THINK AA SHOULD DEPLOY ATSU/ASANTE/ADOMAH ON THE 7 AND USE KASA/WAKASO ON THE 11. WAKASO/KISSI CAN ALSO PLAY 3. AA SHOULD NEVER, EVER USE AFFUL ON THE 3. MAKES NO SENSE IT MAKES ME CRINGE. AFFUL’S EMPLOYERS DONT EVEN USE HIM ON THE LEFT?! MY NAME IS OBENG. I DONT HVE A COACHING CERTIFICATE BUT I THINK THE CREATOR HAS BLESSED ME WITH COMMON SENSE.

  2. forget about them says:

    shut up AA & concentrate on the task ahead of you, you now talk too much & gradually u r becoming like that idiot Malawian coach, Phiri who was sacked.

  3. African Consciousness says:

    I thought Christian Atsu played very well in a difficult situation. I did not see him make any mistakes or turn the ball over to the DR Congo players. His team-mates need to keep him involved during the game. It will be a shame for Coach Appiah not to start him against Mali, it will affect his confidence. Even though he is young Atsu has played in some big games against Porto and also in the UEFA champions league the AFCON is no different. Atsu’s strength is his mello personality but nobody should take that for being jittery or being intimidated by AFCON I do not believe that.
    Coach Appiah should take full responsibility for the tie and not blame his youthful players. In my opinion the only reason for the loss is playing Kwadwo Asamoah out of position. He ended up duplicating some of the role that Atsu should have been playing in attack therefore over shadowing him and also leaving a hole on defense, which contributed to the goals from DR Congo. Paintsil should not have been allowed to play the whole game. Paintsil played the long ball on almost every single possession which is not conducive to the Atsu and Black Stars brand of soccer which is the Brazilian style, keep the ball on the grass and string a lot of short, crisp passes. Lots of one-two passes such us got Ghana the first goal, the short one-two passes between Kwadwo Asamoah and Agyeman Badu resulted in the first goal. Kwadwo Asamoah moved from the full back position into Christian Atsu’s position to make that play. The Coach has to resolve this positional issue between the two left- leaning players before the Mali game. My solution is to bring in a true left back, either Kissi Boateng or Mohammed Awal. Move Kwadwo Asamoah to his natural left half back position and Atsu to the inside left of Kwadwo Asamoah then the two can play off each other and also involve Asamoah Gyan in his role as a lone striker by feeding him some through balls. Badu should be a defensive midfielder protecting the gut of the defense and only join in the attack during set pieces. If the defensive players take on the roles of attacking consistently the Black Stars will not make it deep into the tournament or be able to win the trophy. The players should be disciplined enough to play their roles. Atsu did his job and should not be a scape goat for a very obvious shortcoming of players who chose to play out of position.Ironically the two goal scorer were both defensive players even though Kwadwo Asamoah’s goal was off a set piece. Coach remember every time a defensive player moves into an attacking role they create a hole in their defensive position if they do not recover quickly, which is very difficult to do at this level of competition with the speed and skill of the opposing team’s counter attack. We should have learned these lessons from AFCON 2012.

    Coach I love what you and your technical team are doing to improve the Black Stars and I support you 100%. This tournament is more important to Ghana than you can imagine. The country is currently hanging in a balance with the issue of the election results still in question you must help bring the cup home to unify the country.

    • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

      AFRICAN, U DONT KNOW ABOUT SOCCER OK. SO SHUT UP OR COME CORRECT. IS AWAL A LEFT FULLBACK? WEN I INSULT PPL LIKE YOURSELF, IM A BAD GUY. HOW CAN U OFFER SUCH FOOOLISH ADVICE? U DONT UNDERSTAND SOCCER SO GO N SLEEP. UR PIECE DOSENT EVEN MAKE SENSE. U ARE FULL OF SHITTY CONFUSION..WAA LOOK

  4. felix asamoah says:

    I believed that our coach miss-positioned our players, hence that should be the outcome but we hope to see the best from them on our next game.

    if onl our coach will positioning our players well and according to the the role they play in thier club team and k.asamoah playing his normal role i believe strongly that we shall carry the day.

    • Ghanaman says:

      Nonsense! What coaching experience do you have… For Porto he plays on the left wing and in this match he played on the left wing!!

      He flopped. Why can’t we say the truth… He lost the ball a few times and did not track back to defend… Rather than hide the mistakes point them out and when the player gets another chance they should fix the mistake…

      • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

        GHMAN, I HVE SEEN ATSU PLAY ON THE RIGHT WING FOR PORTO MANY TIMES. I THINK AA SHOULD DEPLOY ATSU/ASANTE/ADOMAH ON THE 7 AND USE KASA/WAKASO ON THE 11. WAKASO/KISSI CAN ALSO PLAY 3. AA SHOULD NEVER, EVER USE AFFUL ON THE 3. MAKES NO SENSE IT MAKES ME CRINGE. AFFUL’S EMPLOYERS DONT EVEN USE HIM ON THE LEFT?! MY NAME IS NANA OBENG BROWN. I DONT HVE A COACHING CERTIFICATE BUT I THINK THE CREATOR HAS BLESSED ME WITH COMMON SENSE.

  5. mukmin says:

    Too much is being expected from him too soon, people already crowning him king. He shouldn’t have to bear any responsiblity there more established players like Gyan, Kwadwo Asamoah and Boateng shoulder the blame

  6. Fiifi says:

    I wonder what our technical team is doing!Throughout the forum etc we keep reading analysis of lay people etc and these are confirmed by the technical team. Even mistakes and failed strategies and tactics are included in these analysis being accepted and confirmed by the technical team! Is the technical team clueless or just incompetent or are they just being lazy and lack the confidence to really coach the players??!!Is inferiority complex catching up with them , what is wrong and what is going on in the team??!!(This time around, the “juju-excuse” would not workooooo!)! It look as if the players are not following the coach’s directives and just doing what they like, if not why didn*t the coach stop the “tactical indiscipline” when he noticed it or did the players refuse to listen to him??!! Some of the players are “burnt-out” and/unfit and need some rest, others are just arrogant and complacent, some even think they are above the team and GFA (only God knows why) The whole contingent including the GFA -Pres. should wake up , get their acts together and start “delivering” , because they did not come to South Africa to come and look at the “CAPE”!!!!