Here's why Ghanaians shouldn't be malicious in their critique of the beleaguered Black Stars trainer
By Sammie Frimpong
Let's face it, folks.
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah erred in certain selection and tactical decisions made before and during the country's 2014 Fifa World Cup opener against the USA.
For one, he shouldn't have started Daniel Opare on the right.
Employing Harrison Afful as a left-back would have freed Kwadwo Asamoah's playmaking talents for use in midfield.
Jordan Ayew, at best, was a potential impact sub. His role in attack should have been Kevin-Prince Boateng's long before it did.
The concentration levels of the central defensive pairing was particularly suspect, and probably channeling attacks through the middle would have yielded more.
Perhaps, too, Appiah should have been a bit more guarded in his post-match speech and not given us that 'dumb' excuse as to why he saved his best players for last.
Those points -and perhaps several more- have been drummed long and loud enough into the consciousness of all.
I know it.
You do, too.
Why, though, voice it any more than we already have?
Why make it seem as though Appiah is the first coach not to have got his preferences right and justifiably paid for it?
Should he even have, there isn't a guarantee a team would win games simply because it features one or more quality players in their right positions. Ask Portugal's Paulo Bento, and he'd likely still be at odds with regards to how a team led by the world's best player could lose 4-0.
Not even when the coach is undoubtedly world-class and the team has a winning mentality superior bar none -as in the case of Vicente del Bosque and Spain against the Netherlands and Chile- does it work that way.
Such 'logic', with all due respect, deserves to be tossed atop the pile of refuse at Oblogo. Buried deep within, even.
Ghana lost to a tactically better American side (themselves managed by no mean a figure than Jurgen Klinsmann, winner of bronze at the helm of Germany two World Cups ago), and irrespective of what role Appiah's mistakes on the day contributed to that outcome, there isn't any divine decree that the USA should lose to Ghana whenever the pair clash.
Or is there?
In the instance of Kevin-Prince Boateng reportedly criticizing Appiah's approach, is it the first time any coach has suffered such?
The great Jose Mourinho has, on occasion, had his methods questioned by some of the world's finest footballers.
Who is Boateng compared to those that his opinions should matter so much and be used as added ammunition against Appiah?
And who is Appiah compared to Mourinho that he be bashed so?
On the supposed revolt that had plagued the Stars' camp after Monday night's fiasco - which, to the disappointment of some, has since been rubbished by the Ghana Football Association- why paint some imagined doomsday scenario just to make Kwesi Appiah look worse than he already is?
Would we rather he experimented and failed later in the tournament with the Stars potentially on the verge of something massive?
The 53-year-old has proved Ghanaians wrong often enough to have earned our trust by now, yet many are those quick to dismiss him after his latest 'disaster'.
No need to hit the panic button yet, people.
Ghana's adventures in Brazil don't begin and conclude with the defeat to America.
Germany are very beatable and, needless to say, so are the Portuguese.
All isn't lost yet.
As we like to cite, only a fool doesn't learn from his mistakes and, contrary to what some might have us believe, Kwesi Appiah is no fool.
His World Cup campaign would end, for a fact, but not before his 54th birthday.
He wouldn't want that.
You wouldn't either.
If he fails in the end, slam him all you want.
Until then, keep calm and watch him.