Appiah insists Ghanaian victory or nothing against Ethiopia

Appiah: Ghanainias are itching for trophy
“Beat Ethiopia and we can all relax” – James Kwesi Appiah

Ghanaian coach, James Kwesi Appiah has insisted it will be victory or nothing when the Black Stars play against Ethiopia.

He is looking out for a win over Ethiopia in their upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

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That is because he feels this will pave the way for the Black Stars to appear at the 2019 finals.

Ghana will trade tackles with the East African country at Addis Ababa Stadium on November 18 which is a Sunday.

The West African nation will be looking for a repeat of the 5-0 bashing they handed to the Wayla Antelopes.

And that was when the two teams locked horns with each other in Kumasi in June of the year 2017.

Appiah’s side, however, go into the game occupying the third position on the Group F table with three points.

And they actually do this trailing the pair of Kenya on seven points and Ethiopia who currently have four points.

However, the West Africans have played two less matches than their rivals after their clash with Sierra Leone suffered postponement.

“So far we have kept on monitoring our players.

“And I believe that now, the concentration has only been on how best we can qualify as soon as possible.” The Daily Graphic quotes Appiah as saying.

“We have got two games ahead of us that we just need to get a win in Ethiopia.

“And then, we all can relax, we have had no problems as of now.

“That is simply due to the fact that the monitoring has been going on really well, no injuries for now.

“So, hopefully by the end of this week we should look at the games.

“And then, bring out the final team for the Ethiopia game,” he concluded.

Appiah admits learning from Kenya defeat

Ghana head coach, Kwesi Appiah has admitted that he has learnt a whole lot from his side’s defeat against Kenya.

Appiah has allegedly picked up valuable lessons from the Black Stars 1-0 loss in the AFCON 2019 qualifier.

The West African nation suffered the humbling at the hands of the Harambee Stars at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.

And the manager has come under severe pressure for the constant experimentation with his starting eleven squad in recent matches.

“On my part, I have learnt a lot about the players.

“It was important to know what they can do especially the new ones and this game has shown me a lot.

“The level I was expecting from some of them was not what they showed on the pitch.

“I do not play with names, however, I play with players who will be fit at a particular time.

“Kwadwo Asamoah being on the substitutes’ bench does not mean that he is not a good player.

“But under the circumstances we are at this very point in time, we simply had to make some players start.

“When you are building a team, if you do not give others a chance to play, how do you assess them?

“We should not look at who can play today only but also those who can play in ten years,” Appiah stated.

“I still believe that we can qualify and personally, I know that we will be there next year.

“But then, you should make sure that you do not do the same mistakes next time,” Appiah summed up.

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