Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

26 May 2014

Ghana: Soccer - Ghana's World Cup Prep Aided By Appiah's Trip to Liverpool

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World Cup preparations can take all sorts of crazy twists and turns, but Ghana's Kwesi Appiah has kept things far more simple. A trip to Liverpool earlier this year gave the coach some technical insight into how the best teams in the world analyse and dissect their players' performances.

It's been almost four years since Ghana narrowly missed making history by becoming the first team from Africa to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup. A missed penalty and a disastrous penalty shoot-out dashed their dreams as the Black Stars crashed out of the competition, breaking millions of hearts across the continent.

One of the biggest changes since then is Ghana's new coach. Ghanaian Kwesi Appiah took over in 2012 and led the side to a convincing qualification for this year's tournament. Their Group stages were convincing and they thrashed Egypt in the final qualification rounds to seal their spot at the finals.

Appiah is significant, not just because of Ghana's results, but because he is also the first local coach to lead Ghana to World Cup qualification. Since taking over from Serbian Goran Stevanovic in April 2012, Appiah has had much to ponder, including the group...

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