Wednesday, January 16, 2013
GHANA COACH WANTS BLACK STARS PLAYERS TO BE RUTHLESS AHEAD OF AFCON 2013
Black Stars of Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah wants his players to fight to the finish at all times regardless of whether they are leading by a huge margin.
The coach who also captained the national team in his playing days should know the importance of not taking your foot off the pedal while ahead, after masterminding a 4-2 comeback win over Tunisia on Sunday.
The North Africans were two goals up in the second half before Ghana grabbed the game by the scruff of its neck to score four goals in 24 minutes.
Appiah expects more fight as his charges prepare to embark on a quest for the Black Stars' fifth Nations Cup title this weekend in South Africa.
He insists that to succeed, his stars must "make sure that we play and don't allow them (opponent) to play and secondly to make sure that when you are leading by four you still need to fight until the final whistle."
It was exactly the spirit the Black Stars displayed in their game against the Carthage Eagles, according to Appiah, whose second half changes made the difference.
Appiah, whose team also thrashed Egypt 3:0 in another friendly last week, is happy to have been able to give all his players game time as he continues his assessment of their abilities.