28 January 2013

Africa: Ghana Coach Appiah Sings Team's Praise

Ghana coach Kwasi Appiah has lauded his team's performance in their victory against Mali in their Group B encounter played on Thursday at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

Appiah singled out his team's respect for tactical decisions, an improvement over their opening game against DR Congo where they allowed a two-goal lead to go waste and end the game with just a point for commendation.

"The team was tactically disciplined and there was no loss of concentration by the players during the game. We still have more to offer and can do better."

The Ex-Black Stars captain admitted that his team churned out a performance in line with their ambition of going farthest at the tournament.

With four points from two games and yet to taste defeat, the Black Stars need at least a point against Niger in their ultimate Group B match next Monday in Port Elizabeth. Appiah will be without hardworking midfielder Mubarak Wakaso through suspension after the 22-year old picked his second yellow card at the competition after peeling off an inscription "Allah is great" beneath his shirt in celebrating of his goal against the Malians.

"I spoke with him (Wakaso) at half time that his actions were wrong. It is important for other players to learn from such mistakes because the absence of a player can affect you along the lines."

Appiah made three changes to his squad for the Mali game, with starting roles for Harrison Afful, Isaac Vorsah and Rabiu Mohamed and insists his choice of players depends largely on the tactical approach for a particular game.

"I will always choose players for tactical reasons. For the Mali match, this was the best team to present for the game," he concluded.

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