The Head coach of Ghana Black Stars James Kwesi Appiah says he was impressed with the performance his players put up on Sunday at the Cape Coast Stadium against Egypt in the last World Cup group stages qualifiers.
Kwesi Appiah fielded young and new players against the Pharaohs of Egypt who have already qualified to next year’s showpiece in Russia.
Nana Ampomah, Godfred Donsah and Edwin Gyasi all started for the Black Stars for the first time and head coach Kwesi Appiah says he is trying to build the team for future tournaments like the 2019 AFCON.
Ghana was handled to a 1-1 draw against the Pharaohs yesterday. The game ended goalless in the first half but Mahmadou Shikaballa opened the score line for the Pharaohs in the 61st minute before new prospect Edwin Gyasi got the equalizer in the 64th minute for the Black Stars.
Speaking after the game, Coach James Kwesi Appiah said he was satisfied with his side’s performance.
"I was really impressed with the performance although the team had only four old players, at the end of the day it’s not only me but all Ghanaians have seen that some of the new guys are good and we can depend on them in the future", he said.
Kwesi Appiah at the post-match media encounter Photo: Ghanaweb
Kwesi Appiah however justified the reason he didn’t use local players. According to him, the break in the Ghana Premier League (GPL) and the climax of the qualifiers gave him options to try other foreign players also.
“I really encourage local players a lot but with this one I realized that the league had ended and this was the last match of the qualifiers so it will be better to also give some foreign based players a chance to be tried in the team”.
Egypt toped the group (E) gaining 13 points, the Cranes of Uganda came second with 9 points, Ghana third with 7 points and Congo came fourth with 2 points.
Source: ATL FM Sports