Appiah Urges Coaches to Stop Depending on Individual Talents

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has urged national team coaches to move away from depending on individuals if they are to improve the game.

Appiah who is a former Ghana international is preparing his team for Saturday’s 2019 Group F AFCON Qualifier match against Harambee Stars.

The 58-year-old left out many big name players including Asamoah Gyan, Andre  Ayew and Jordan Ayew in the team that travelled to Nairobi.

He however says that he does not regret this decision as he is preparing a team for the future.

‘My focus is getting young players into the team. This will help in bringing a new dimension to the squad and have continuity.’

‘I want to have a squad that will be able to compete four years from now and have options in almost every area,’ he said.

In the absence of Gyan and the Ayew brothers, the gaffer has put trust in Atletico Madrid forward Thomas Partey, Raphael Dwamena and Daniel Amartey. Newcastle United winger Christian Atsu is also in the squad alongside Inter Milan’s Kwadwo Asamoah.

Appiah who previously coached Sudan Premier League side Al Khartoum has however said that players not included in the Nairobi trip will be used for future assignments.

‘Ghana has a lot of players, those not with us now will be with us in the future,’ he said.

Ghana face Harambee Stars full in confidence following their 5-0 demolition of Ethiopia in Kumasi last year. Appiah however is cautious and has warned that it will not be easy against the Homeboys who are missing their key man,Victor Wanyama.

‘I know Wanyama very well but his absence makes it even more difficult for us because someone else will rise to the occasion’

‘I’m not the kind of coach who believes that so and so has to be there so that a team can perform, let’s try invest in young players who can fill in voids easily when dependable ones are missing,’ he insisted.

Harambee Stars face a daunting task following their 2-1 loss to Sierra Leone and face a Ghana side who are buzzing in confidence. Earlier on Friday, Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa urged fans to turn up in large numbers and rally the Wanyama-less Stars at Kasarani.

‘We have prepared adequately. The players are upbeat and raring to go and I’m confident that we will get a positive result,’

‘Come along with your families. We have made arrangements for ample security and will see to it that unruly fans are apprehended,’ he added.

Tickets for the match will be sold at Kenya Cinema, Opposite Safari Park Hotel, and Kasarani Stadium’s Gate 4 and Gate 12, on match day starting at 7 am. VIP tickets will retail at Ksh 1000/- with regular tickets selling at Ksh 200/-. The match kicks off at 4pm EAT.




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