‘Ghanaians Have Been Harsh On Kwesi Appiah’

kwasi appiahUGANDA coach, Milutin Sredojevic believes Ghanaians have been harsh on coach Kwesi Appiah ever since he took up the job to be the coach of the Black Stars.

The Serbian trainer led the Cranes to secure a vital point with a 1-1 draw against the Black Stars in their opening 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier played in Kumasi on Saturday.

The result will definitely see pressure on Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah soar especially following the team’s early exit from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

While the Ghana FA are in the process of appointing a technical adviser to strengthen the technical bench of the Black Stars, others believe Kwesi Appiah should rather be replaced.

But Uganda coach Milutin Sredojevic says Ghanaians must be patient and throw theur full support behind Kwesi Appiah following Saturday’s draw.

“I have seen when he [Kwesi Appiah] started the job and I totally believe that you guys have been harsh on the coach,” Sredojevic said at his post-match press conference.

“I have great respect for him and I think you need to have an element of patience.

“You are playing another game in three or four days and you need to give him the support and be patriotic.”

Kwesi Appiah must now dust his team off the disappointing home draw as they come up against Togo in their second 2015 AFCON qualifier on Wednesday in Lome.

In a related development,coach Sredojevic thinks aside the impressive performance of his team, the Black Stars players lacked total focus due to the involvement of their key players in the European player transfer saga.

Andre Ayew arrived late to the Ghana camp as he was heavily involved in the transfer deadline day jostle to secure a move which never happened.

Midfielder Mubarak Wakaso also had to move from Spartak Moscow to Scottish giants Celtic and the Uganda coach believes these moves amongst others affected the Black Stars in the draw on Saturday.

“I need to tell you that there are so many reasons that today Ghana were below par,” Sredeojevic said after the game.

“But one of the reasons is, please give us credit because we worked really hard.

“One the other side you know they just concluded the transfer window and I know each and every one of your player and all the stories of where they were going and whatever.

“So it is possible that their mind was not fully committed to this game and on the other side our boys have been fully present.

Meanwhile, Assistant Coach, Maxwell Konadu has observed that continued anger against the Black Stars after the disappointing showing at the World Cup will damage the national team after fans in Kumasi turned against the side in their 1-1 draw with Uganda in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

The anger against the national team was in full display in Kumasi on Saturday when local fans turned against the Black Stars when they played Uganda will massive support for the Ugandans.

Players were consistently booed as they arrived for the match and the negative chorus grew louder when the visitors took the lead in the match at the previously-suggested slaugther house of the Ghanaians.

Fans are still angry over the bonus demands of the players during the World Cup which led to them boycotting a training session and with the current economic difficulties in the country, players have been branded as unpatriotic.

As several Black Stars players are based abroad they have been immune to the criticism over persistent demands for bonuses until they arrived in Kumasi for the match against the Uganda.

The protests of disappointment was visible during the match as fans cheered loudly when the Ugandans took the lead before Andre Ayew hit back through a penalty for earn the home side a draw.

Konadu wants angry Black Stars fans to forgive the Black Stars admitting that without the support of side will not thrive.

“Definitely when you are playing before your teeming fans and you realised things are not going behind you it doesn’t help. We know that so many things have gone wrong,” the Black Stars assistant coach said.

“Once we don’t have their support we can’t continue to play well. Whatever has happened has happened and we can’t continue to blame them.”

Konadu’s concerns on GTV were echoed by Ghana FA’s Director of Communications Ibrahim Sannie Daara who pleaded for forgiveness insisting the Black Stars can’t afford not to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Ghana will travel to Togo on Wednesday to face the wounded Hawks in their second Group G match after the Togolese lost their opening group match to Guinea on Friday

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