Give Appiah time to rebuild – Kingston

Kwesi Appiah

Kwesi Appiah

Former Ghana midfielder, Laryea Kingston says Black Stars coach, Kwesi Appiah must be given more time to build a new and formidable squad capable of helping Ghana reclaim its status as one of the fiercest football nations in the world.

Appiah has come under intense scrutiny following their poor campaign in the qualifiers with the end of their consistent World Cup appearances in sight.

Following a disappointing output against Uganda in the opening group fixture which saw Ghana drop valuable points at home, expectation was high among fans in the second match against Egypt in Cairo.

Unfortunately, Appiah’s men succumbed to a 2-0 loss to the Pharoahs in a match they dominated but failed to do what matters in the game of association football – scoring.

That left them in a very difficult situation to win the rest of their games with Friday’s encounter against Congo Brazzaville as the first assignment to accomplish.

But that was not to be as the Ghanaians failed again; coming from behind to draw with the Congolese as Thomas Partey scored in the second half to cancel Thievy Bifouma’s first half strike.

The result left the Ghanaians in an impossible situation as far as Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup was concerned.

Uganda has since toppled Egypt in Group E with seven points, one more than the Egyptians with Ghana in third position and Congo in fourth ahead of the reverse fixtures tomorrow and Wednesday.

Before Ghana’s next game with Congo on Wednesday, Appiah has come under much criticism for the team’s poor performance with a section of fans calling for his resignation.

But Kingston, speaking on the GHOne show, is of the view that it was too early to call for the coach’s resignation because building a team takes a much longer time.

“Appiah must be given more time to go about his work. I know a lot of Ghanaians are disappointed over the result but that is football, it comes with results that are not palatable but it doesn’t mean we should abandon what we have started, Kingston said.

“He should be given sometime to build his team, there are many talented players out there who can be invited to build a formidable side,” the former Hearts of Oak and Great Olympics midfielder said.

Kingston entreated Ghanaians to forget about qualification to the World Cup and rather support Appiah to build a new and winsome side.

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