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Appiah looking to Qatar 2022 after Russia fiasco

17:14 GMT 21/11/2017
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah
The Black Stars coach talks about how his side can make a quick return to the World Cup after their recent disappointment

With their 2018 World Cup ambitions now water under the bridge, Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah wants his outfit to commence immediate preparations for the 2022 global showpiece.

In their worst campaign since 2006, the Black Stars missed out on qualifying for Russia 2018 after finishing third in Group E behind winners Egypt and Uganda.

Even more disappointing is the fact that the four-time African champions won only one of six games, failing to claim three points in any home game.

“It was unfortunate we couldn’t qualify and personally I'm not happy... every Ghanaian is not happy as well,” Appiah told Happy FM.

“We must look forward and focus on the future... probably the next (2022) edition of the World Cup in Qatar.

“I think we must start preparation now.

"Most at times, we do not prepare early enough and it affects the team a lot.

“If we are able to prepare well enough, I think it's going to help a lot.

"So for me, I believe preparation for the next World Cup must begin now.”

Ghana had played at three straight World Cup tournaments between 2006 and 2014.

Following their debut in Germany, the Black Stars were the surprise package in South Africa four years later as they came close to making the semifinals.

Asamoah Gyan's squandered last-minute penalty against Uruguay could have made the Black Stars the first African side to reach the last four.