Appiah defends decision to start Kwadwo Asamoah from the bench

Author: Peter Sarbah
Coach Kwesi Appiah
Coach Kwesi Appiah

Black Stars coach, Kwesi Appiah, has defended the decision to start Inter Milan star, Kwadwo Asamoah from the bench.

The 29-year-old nimble-footed player had his name in the starting line-up of Coach Appiah but was kept on the bench and played no role in Ghana’s 1-0 win against Kenya in their AFCON qualifier on Saturday at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Spectators wondered why the 58-year-old coach kept Lumor Agbenyenu for the wing back role for the entire duration of the game when he could have introduced Asamoah in the second half when Agbenyenu was seen to be struggling in that role.

But the coach explained during the post-match conference that the player was part of his plans for the game but trusted the role to Agbenyenu because he had been playing the wing back role for a while now.

“Actually Kwadwo Asamoah was in my plans; as to whether he would start or sit on the bench, you know I had to make the final decision," Appiah said at the post-match conference. 

“For some time now, I have been using Lumor [at left-back], and I believe that he had to start, so that along the line I may bring Kwadwo in.

“I was looking at Kwadwo in a way that I may use him at the back or use him in the midfield role.

“So I decided to keep him on the bench for [the time], so as the game went on, I would think of whether to bring him or not."