I’ll rate Black Stars 70% against Egypt – Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah

The coach is warning his charges not to be complacent after mauling the Pharaohs 3-0 in a test game, but has lauded his side for a good work done
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has said he will rate the Black Stars above average after their first test game against Egypt.

The four-time African champions thumped the seven-time winners 3-0 on Thursday in Abu Dhabi in an international friendly.

Coach Appiah said his interest is not about the convincing score line, but how prepared is the team ahead of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

“The most important thing is tactically how we defended and whenever we went on counter-attack how we finish our attacks and I was looking at our set pieces. I think I’ll give the team 70% which is good,” he said at a post-match press conference.

“This is our first trial game and we are preparing a team for the tournament in South Africa. I normally don’t care about the score. What I’m looking at is the performance – tactically and how we implement our set pieces.

“Egypt has got a good team. I think they have a problem tactically at the back. But the midfield and attacking is not that bad. They created some few chances, but whenever there was a counter-attack they had problems at the back. But they have a good team,” Appiah observed.

He said he would not underrate any side at the 2013 Afcon and will go into the tournament with a lot of respect for all his opponents.

“I have always said any team that has qualified is a good team. In modern football there is nothing like this is good and this is bad. The most important thing is preparing very well.”

Ghana’s next warm-up game is against Tunisia on Sunday before they will move to South Africa.