Black Stars coach, Kwasi Appiah, has given the strongest assurance that his team will not allow Malawi to stand in their way to qualifying for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations, even though he admits The Flames of are a strong team but will be “distinguished at all cost in Saturday’s qualifier at the Accra Sports Stadium.
“Malawi has got a good team and it’s not going to be easy, but we’ve also got the calibre of players who can always rise to the occasion,” Kwasi Appiah told the Graphic Sports in an exclusive interview after supervising his team’s first training session yesterday.
He said the Black Stars were preparing very well, making him optimistic that they would give Ghanaians a good game and a good win on Saturday.
The soft-spoken coach was upbeat about his team’s chances, saying that though very little was known about the Malawians, he had spent much time watching their tapes and had devised a strategy to ensure their fall.
Even though he declined to disclose his strategy for the game, he stated that he was preparing his boys to ensure they play well and convert most of the chances that they would create in the game.
Coach Appiah, who appears to have confidence in his team, insisted that he’s got a very good team and that the inclusion of the new ones was to create a wide pool to fall on anytime a player was injured.
“What I’m trying to do is to build for the future; we should move away from the situation where when a player gets injured there wouldn’t be an alternative to a situation where there would be enough to fall on”, he explained, adding that he wanted to give most talents the opportunity to prove themselves.
The Ghanaian coach, who honours his first Nations Cup qualifier at the Accra Stadium on Sunday, said he was least intimidated by the Malawians but was rather confident in the preparation being put in place to ensure victory and urged the nation to pray for the team.
Earlier last week, the Malawian coach, Kinnah Phiri, was reported to have sought advice from the Zambian coach, Renard Herve, on how to play Ghana, but Coach Appiah questioned that move, saying that no confident coach would seek advice from a colleague on how to beat another team.