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Appiah relishes Ghana’s hunger for results

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says he is relishing the Black Stars’ show of hunger in achieving results, as his team did in their last warm up match against Tunisia when losing before halftime on Sunday.

Appiah’s team were trailing 2-0 in the last friendly in Abu Dhabi before showing their fighting spirit after scoring four goals within 25 minutes in the second half to win the match 4-2 by the time the final whistle was sounded.

And the revival has given Appiah something to savour about his players’ courage to keep going until they get a result.

“It is important that once you are down by two goals you change your mentality,” Appiah said as he recounted his team’s attitude during their warm up victory over Tunisia.

“I did make some changes [game against Tunisia] in the second half and those who came in, their mentality was very high, and their fighting spirit was very high.

“As you saw, when we were even leading four goals they were still fighting to try and get more goals and that is what I expect from them.”

“It was one good thing. I was really happy especially in the second half.

“It was like kicking everybody at the end of the first half and they went in to display what I really expected of them.”

Ghana now has other things to think about with their opening match in Group B just five days away as the Africa Cup of Nations begins in South Africa this weekend.

A good start will keep his team’s impressive run going but Appiah wants his team to sustain their hunger and carry on until the last ball is kicked.

“To make sure that we play and don’t allow them [opponent] to play and secondly to make sure that when you are leading by four you still need to fight until the final whistle,” Appiah said about what he expects of his team.

The Black Stars open their Nations Cup campaign against DR Congo on Sunday, January 20 in a group that also includes Mali and Niger.


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