Appiah delighted with performance against Kotoko

 A host of Kotoko players close down on Stars’ first goal scorer, Majeed Warris (No. 9) as he initiates a move in last Friday’s friendly

A host of Kotoko players close down on Stars’ first goal scorer, Majeed Warris (No. 9) as he initiates a move in last Friday’s friendly

GHANA Black Stars’ coach Kwesi Appiah has expressed his excitement over the team’s performance against Kumasi Asante Kotoko.

The Stars inflicted a 3-0 defeat on the Porcupine Warriors in a friendly encounter at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium last Friday.

Speaking to the media after the game, coach Appiah was impressed with the display of his team and said it’s a good preparation for next month AFCON qualifier against Ethiopia.

“It was a good exercise for me. The essence of this game was to test some of the players that I invited. It’s been a while since I invited some of them,” Kwesi Appiah told Ghanasoccernet.

“For some of them, I wasn’t too sure about their quality. I needed this game to have a look at them before our next game next month.”

“This game has opened my eyes to change my decision on a lot of them,” he conceded.

“I’m very impressed with the performance of the team, they played so well. I wasn’t expecting them to play at that level. As said earlier, I don’t know some of them. But I was very impressed.

“All the exercise I have been doing the whole year is to look at players who are playing at the highest level and I think most of the players are really good.  It’s important they keep playing at same level” he added.

Ghana’s AFCON qualifiers against Sierra Leone was cancelled after FIFA suspended the Sierra Leone FA for government interference.

Meanwhile, ex-Black Stars midfielder Mallam Yahaya has no doubts C.K Akunnor will be successful as Asante Kotoko coach.

But the former King Faisal coach wants the Porcupine Warriors to be patient and give him more time.

“Kotoko should have patience for Akunnor; he can do the job, he is a very good coach. We have the same mentality because we both had our training course in Germany. I know what he is capable of doing,” Yahaya is quoted as saying on Zuria FM sports.

“I’m pleading to the management to allow Akunnor to operate with free hands. They shouldn’t interfere in his job. Akunnor just like me hates interference.

“I always say coaching Kotoko and Hearts of Oak is the easiest job in Ghana. Because you will have all the quality players at your disposal . What is left is applying your philosophy.”

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