James Kwesi Appiah takes positives from losses to Mexico & USA

James Kwesi Appiah takes positives from losses to Mexico & USA
Kwesi Appiah

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Jul 04, 2017. 16:30

Despite suffering defeats in both of their friendly matches on a recent North American tour, Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah feels it was a worthwhile exercise.

The Black Stars were beaten 1-0 by El Tri at the NRG Stadium in Houston on Thursday 29 June, and followed that up with a 2-1 loss to the Stars and Stripes at the Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford on Saturday 1 July.

Ghana were without some key players, as the friendlies dell outside of official international dates and clubs were not obliged to release the likes of Andre and Jordan Ayew.

This gave Appiah the chance to evaluate some new faces and hand opportunities to those who have been on the fringe of the regular Black Stars line-up.

“These exercises gave other players the needed opportunity to justify their inclusion into the Black Stars,” Appiah is quoted by GHANASoccernet.

“I have fair idea about five to seven players that I think we can add up to what we have.

“In a national team, we shouldn’t rely on a single player. I always believe that we have so many good players out there and it is about time we gave more players the opportunity and if they come and they are good, we add them to the team as backups for the regular players.

“A strong team is a team that has a strong bench, so when we add some other good players to the regular one, it will help us build a strong national team.”

Ghana’s next major assignment is the resumption of 2018 World Cup qualifiers in late August and early September.

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