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Ghana coach rues missed chances against Mexico

10:25 BST 29/06/2017
Frank Acheampong, Ghana
James Kwesi Appiah says his side could have easily won the game had they been clinical upfront

Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah believes his team did enough to claim a win in their friendly defeat to Mexico on Wednesday.

Elias Hernandez's 32nd minute penalty, after John Boye brought down his man, condemned the Black Stars to a 1-0 defeat at the NRG Stadium in the Houston, Texas.

With the first team set to play Germany in the semi-final of the ongoing Fifa Confederations Cup on Thursday, El Tri essentially paraded a 'B' side, but still proved too strong for the four-time African champions.

"If it's not your day, it's not your day," Appiah said.

"Given the way we played, it is unfortunate we lost.

"If you look at the game, we created so many opportunities.

"We could have scored at least three or four goals easily.

"The target remains building a strong team and in that regard, this has been a very useful exercise."

The match was only Appiah's second in charge following his reappointment as Ghana boss in May.

The Black Stars face another tall order on Saturday as they play the USA at the Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Connecticut.

The two friendly games are in preparation for the upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifier against Congo in August.