Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has expressed his gratitude to Ghana Presidents John Dramani Mahama, the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and all Ghanaians for the unflinching support they gave the team that helped them to the resounding 6-1 win over Egypt in the first-leg of the 2014 World Cup playoffs on Tuesday.
The Black Stars coasted to a resounding 6-1 win over the North African giants in Kumasi thanks to goals from Asamoah Gyan (2), Abdul Majeed Waris, Sulley Muntari, Christian Atsu and Wael Gomaa’s own goal.
The Ghana coach says the support from Ghana President Mahama and all Ghanaians helped the side to the emphatic victory.
“First of all I would like to thank President Mahama for the support he has given the team since we started camping and also in these World Cup qualifying matches that helped us to the victory,” Appiah told the post-match press conference.
“Ghanaians have been very supportive of the team and on behalf of the team I would like to thanks all Ghanaians sincerely for their support for the team. They should continue supporting the team.”
Even though the players came to the party at the Baba Yara stadium, the Ghanaian trainer said the wise counsel from the world respected Asantehene played a huge role in the heavy win.
“Ever since I took this job, we’ve played most of our games here in Kumasi, and every time, Otumfour always visits us,” Appiah said
“But this time, we decided to pay him a visit and I think his blessings did the trick.
“He told us to relax and that he knows we will get many goals and we really really thank him, from management to the technical team through to the playing body.”
The Black Stars are now the overwhelming favourite to qualify to the World Cup in Brazil with the Egyptians needing a miracle to upset the Black Stars in Cairo on November 19.