I have started planning for the future – Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah

The Black Stars coach has given the strongest indication that he is likely to infuse new faces into the team from the local league

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says he is already planning for the future and the 2014 World Cup qualifiers which return next month.

The Black Stars coach was in the stands on Sunday at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium when Kumasi Asante Kotoko mauled Sony Nguema from Equatorial Guinea 7-0 in the preliminary first leg match of the Caf Champions League.

“I can assure the public and the people of Ghana that we have already started putting hands together to make sure that we improve upon our performance at the Africa Cup of Nations,” Appiah said.

“I totally believe that looking at the performance of even the local ones that we introduced [at Afcon] they have shown that given the chance they can perform.

“Apart from that, we are looking to build the future; you need to start from somewhere. We have seen more talents coming up and we will be looking at players who are really committed to sacrificing themselves for the nation.”

Appiah added that the technical team of the Black Stars will continue to monitor the local league to recruit new talents to beef up the senior national team.

The locals who played at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa did not disappoint and their emergence on the big stage has given the Black Stars coach confidence.

“We will continue monitoring our local league and get those players who are really doing very well and willing to serve Ghana. We will do our best and make sure that we will not be looking back. We will correct our mistakes and make sure that the Black Stars will be able to raise talents to rise to our level,” Appiah said.

Ghana will play Sudan at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on March 23 in a World Cup qualifying campaign.