Kwesi Appiah eyes improved performance against Congo in Brazzaville

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The Black Stars coach has admitted his side's poor showing against the Red Devils and explained why he started Attamah Laweh

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah admits he was unhappy with the 1-1 stalemate against Congo in the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers played in Kumasi on Friday.

The Black Stars were hoping for a home win to close in on Group E leaders Uganda but Bifouma Thievy handed the visitors a surprise lead before Thomas Partey equalised five minutes from time.

"Sometimes in football these things happen and we are not happy with the result, but we have to move on and prepare for the return leg on Tuesday," Appiah said.

"The players played well in the first leg as usual, but just one mistake [from Attamah Laweh] caused and gave the Congolese the early goal, and after that we knew it was always going to be tough for us because of the pressure from the fans.

“However it was a good game and I must commend my players for fighting for a point, which is better than a loss. Indeed we are still at the third position with just two points, but in football anything is possible so I won’t say it’s over for Ghana.”

“We will go back to the drawing board and see what happened and try to win our next three matches. If you say they were so offensive minded, I would be very surprised, I told Partey to move forward because they were sitting deep.”

“We are in the rebuilding process, although, I would have wish we would have won all our matches. I don’t underrate any team, in modern football, I can’t underrate any team, they defended very deep. It was difficult to break,” he said.

Appiah handed former Tema Youth defender Attamah Laweh his debut but he was poor and substituted at half-time.

“My ambition is to try to win every game, but as to whether we can qualify, in football you can never say never. Harrison wasn’t fit, so I had to give Attamah Laweh the chance

 We tried him at training and he wasn’t bad like many people saw in the game."

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The Black Stars will leave Ghana to Brazzaville on Sunday and hold their final training session on Monday at Stade Alphonse Massamba-Debat.