Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah defends squad for Congo clash

Geronimo Vena
Agosto 25, 2017

Reacting to a call yesterday by the Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Pius Enam Hadzide, to courageous the odds and qualify the team to Russian Federation, the Stars coach said despite trailing current leaders, Egypt, by five points, there was nothing in his lexicon like "it's over" when it comes to football.

The local based senior national team were beaten to the ticket to the CHAN tournament by Burkina Faso over the weekend.

Appiah's charges would play Congo in a World Cup qualifier on Friday, September 1, at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi and the Minister believes the Stars can surmount the herculean task and qualify to the quadrennial global showpiece.

"It's important to concentrate on the World Cup matches now. We should just make sure we win all our games ahead of us and once we win that we will see what happens", the former Al Khartoum of Sudan coach said in his soft-spoken tone.

He added: "There are lot of new players waiting but those we have now have to prove that they deserve to there".

And only last month, the Stars coach embarked on a two-week monitoring tour of the U.S. to familiarise himself with the Ghanaian players plying their trade in the Major League Soccer (MLS).

Coach Appiah took over a Ghana side which occupies the third position in Group E with one point, behind Egypt (6 points) and Uganda (4 points), while Congo are bottom with no point.

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