2013 Afcon: We need to forget about the poor pitch and focus on winning – Kwesi Appiah

The Ghanaian coach is really not concerned about the uneven surface of the Nelspruit stadium and believes that cannot decide the winner of the game on Wednesday
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah is not worried about the poor nature of the pitch at the Mbombela Stadium ahead of their semi-final encounter on Wednesday.

He said although his semi-final opponents Burkina Faso have played all their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations games on that pitch, that does not give them the upper hand over his charges.

According to him, the Black Stars players will be psyched up enough to take their minds off the nature of the pitch to deliver results.

“Even though they have had the opportunity in playing there, the most important thing is psyching yourself up that you’ve got no choices and we just need to go out there and compete, whether good or bad,” Appiah said at a pre-match press conference on Tuesday.

“I normally don’t believe in the idea of a good pitch or a bad pitch. We are not alone; we are playing with another team.

“When we get to the pitch, they [players] would just go and walk around the pitch. We are all professionals. We have pitches which are much worse and we should be fine with it.”

Ghana are unable to test the pitch ahead of their game, but Appiah is highly optimistic that would not thwart them from defeating the Stallions.

“Unfortunately, we’ve been informed that we cannot have our training session at the main pitch,” the coach said.

“It would have been best if we could have just a training session but it’s not possible. We need to take our minds off the pitch situation and focus on how to achieve the task ahead of us. The pitch issue is something that all the players are aware of but they’ve put it behind. They will try to do their best no matter how the pitch is.”