Stephen Appiah explains Ghana’s debacle against Congo in Kumasi

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The Black Stars technical team member addresses their 0-0 stalemate with the Red Devils in the qualifiers for Russia 2018

Ghana technical coordinator Stephen Appiah has shed light on the Black Stars' disappointing home draw with Congo in 2018 World Cup qualifying earlier this month.

Having been handed a qualifying lifeline by Uganda's 1-0 triumph over group leaders Egypt before the fateful match, the Black Stars buckled under pressure, playing out a goalless draw at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

The result has left Ghana in dire need of another Egypt setback to qualify, provided the Black Stars win all two remaining matches.

“On Thursday before the game, I told the players that I have experienced something like that before," Appiah, who captained Ghana to their first ever World Cup tournament in 2006, narrated on GH One TV.

"I quite remember [en route to Germany] 2006, South Africa played against Lesotho on Saturday and we played against Burkina Faso on Sunday.

"So it was very difficult for the players because it put more pressure on [us].

“That was what I saw when we were in camp, so I tried to psyche the players.

"We tried to talk to them and during their warm-up, you could sense something was wrong with them."

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Ghana currently sit third in Group E, four and two points behind Egypt and Uganda respectively.

The Black Stars play away to the Cranes next month before rounding off the qualifiers at home against the Pharaohs in November.


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