Heavy Bashing For Black Stars’ Coach

Times backpage   pppDISCIPLES of the Black Stars here are still in shock, nearly 48 hours after the team’s stunning Group G loss to the United States at the Estadio das Dunas last Monday night.

For them, there is only one person to blame for the excruciating 1-2 defeat to the Yankees, and the supposed culprit is Coach Kwesi Appiah, who they described as tactically inept on the night.

New York-based former College and Liberty Professionals player, Gabriel Adjei, told the ‘Times Sports’ in a post-match interview that Appiah must wake up from his slumber and put his act together to avoid Ghana crashing out on embarrassing fashion.

“We all saw how useless our right-back Daniel Opare was, yet Appiah decided to keep him in the game throughout the 90 minutes. This, certainly, would not come from an expatriate coach.

“Opare was erratic all night with his crosses and passes from the right. It was a nightmare watching him, but the coach amazingly saw a different thing,” he stormed.

Adjei, who flew from New York to watch the game, said “it very much appears our boys are not ready for the game.”

“At this highest level, you don’t lose your concentration like that. We conceded the opening goal even under a minute and the US winning goal came with three minutes left on the clock,” he added.

Other fans spoken to also wondered why Appiah decided to play Kevin Prince Boateng and Michael Essien from the bench “when their experience was crucially needed in this grudge encounter.”

According to James Attakora, who claims to be an amateur football trainer in the Bahamas, the work ethic, imagination and technique of Kevin Prince Boateng alone to destroy and create puts him fear above everybody in midfield “and I wonder why the coach chose to rest him.”

He also condemned the substitution of Christian Atsu for Albert Adomah, describing it as a “tactical blunder.”

“You have Atsu taking on the Americans and creating a lot of space for his teammates to operate; so how do you replace him for a player who is not very mobile?,” Attakora quizzed.

Ghana had beaten the United States at both previous World Cups and Monday’s win may have come as a sweet revenge for the Yankees.

The match also saw US soccer history with Clint Dempsey becoming the first American to score in three World Cups when he struck the opening goal inside the first minute.

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