2013 Afcon: I have not regretted my decisions one bit – Ghana’s Kwesi Appiah

Despite the call for his dismissal by a former Ghana FA boss and a few others, the Black Stars coach believes his tactics and decisions on the field were the best
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah in an apparent reply to critics back home, who are calling for his head, has emphatically stated he has no regrets over decisions that he took at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Black Stars, pre-tournament favourites, failed to reach the final of the 29th edition of the tournament after the Stallions of Burkina Faso beat them 3-2 on penalties in the semi-final last Wednesday.

Appiah has come under severe backlash in certain quarters, especially from a former Ghana FA boss Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, who is urging the football powerhouse to relieve the former Ghana captain of his post.

In what seems like a direct reply to his critics, Appiah said at a press conference on Friday he is ready to defend all the decisions he took that led to Ghana going to battle for a third and fourth place.

“I have not regretted in any one bit as to any decision I took,” Appiah opined. “The players did their best.”

For him, the 2013 tournament in South Africa – his first major outing with the team since taking over in April 2012 – has given him a lot of experience and has been a platform to learn new things.

“It has been an experience. I have learned so many great lessons when it comes to individual players and the organization itself and this will urge me on in future tournaments,” he added.

Ghana will be playing Mali on Saturday in the third and fourth place play-off.