Ex Stars’ Skipper Wants Tough Group



StephenAppiah_799847cEx-Ghana captain Stephen Appiah prefers the Black Stars draw tournament favourites in their Group for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals.

The former Juventus and Fenerbahce star says the 2010 World Cup quarter-finalists should not be scared of playing some of the highly-rated countries early on in the tournament.

Appiah, who captained Ghana to her debut World Cup finals in 2006 and a bit-part player in South Africa, believes the current select-band of players are capable of conquering the world’s best sides.

The 32-year-old is of the view that having tough opponents will bring the best out of the team.

“I think that if we are going to be scared about the sort of countries we will face then we  have to forget  about  the World Cup,” Appiah told Joy FM.

“I think  the important thing is we have to  be prepared to meet any team comes our way

“At times you know football  can be very tricky, when you play against big clubs its more easier than playing with small countries so I think that we just have to be ready and we should be thinking about teams you want to meet in the tournament.”

FIFA will draw all 32 qualified countries into eight Groups of four each at a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro on 6 December.

The Ghana FA is planning a comprehensive program to upgrade the knowledge of all technical team members and officials of the Black Stars ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

The Black Stars have set an ambitious aim of winning the tournament in Brazil haven impressed throughout the qualifiers.

Ghana will be making just its third appearance at the world showpiece.

The Ghana FA however wants to adequately prepare and strengthen all departments of the team ahead of the tournament start in June next year.

“We have planned attachments and refresher courses for not only the coach but the entire technical team,” Ghana FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi told Metro FM.

“So the coach, assistant coach, team doctor, team administrator and even those of us in management will be undergoing some sort of training.

“Minimum two weeks of attachment and refresher courses for all members of the technical team to ensure they are at the very top with the very best.

“If you want to win the World Cup, you must be top on the issues and that is exactly what we intend to do.”

Ghana has made progressive stints at the World Cup since its debut participation in Germany 2006.

The Black Stars equalled Africa’s record of a quarter final finish in the last edition of the competition hosted by South Africa.

The team now look to go at least one better but with an eye on the ultimate next year in Brazil.

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