Appiah praises Black Stars team

Author: Peter Sarbah
Coach Kwasi Appiah
Coach Kwasi Appiah

Black Stars coach, Kwasi Appiah, has commended his team for the 2-0 victory over the South Africans during their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier at the Cape Coast Stadium on Thursday.

Speaking at the post-match press conference, the 58-year-old said injury to some of his key players has given others the opportunity to prove themselves that they merit a place in the national team.

He explained that the decision to open the national team doors open to a wide range of players was to give the country options in times of injuries and shift it away from the over reliance on just a few players.

“This is my first game after the AFCON and the boys actually impressed me, there were a lot of injuries during the call up. We had about four or five injuries and that’s why I always believe that its as a country we should not depend on few players.

“It is always important we get a lot of young ones so that at any given time when there are injuries we can always rely on as many as we want.

“Looking at the game today I personally think that the boys played above themselves and that was the message given to them anyway, to go out and prove to Ghanaian that they all deserve to be in the national team”, he said.

The Coach said the impression that the national team belonged to a certain category of people was erroneous because the team was for all Ghanaians and any player was entitled to be invited to justify his inclusion.

Coach Appiah who is also an ex-Black Stars captain said any player who gets the privilege to be invited to the national team must prove himself to convince Ghanaians so that in future when he gets the opportunity they would not have any course to complain.

“The national team is not for few people it is for everybody and when you’re given the chance you need to prove to all Ghanaians so that in future they can access and say that this player has done well and deserves to be in the team. And I think their performance was very impressive”, the coach added.