AFCON 2019 Qualifiers: Black Stars vow to maintain lead in Group F despite Kenya defeat

Published on: 11 September 2018

Coach Kwesi Appiah has pledged to do whatever it takes to maintain their lead in Group F and finish as group winners in the race for a ticket to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) to be staged in Cameroun.

Ghana lost 0-1 away to Kenya on Saturday but managed to hold on to the lead in Group F after Ethiopia also claimed their first three points to throw the group wide open with all teams on three points.

Despite the setback in Nairobi, the Stars are not giving up with Coach Kwasi Appiah insisting that his charges will come good and make amends in the remaining three matches.

"It is unfortunate that we did not get the results that we had planned and worked for. We had hoped for at least a draw and a point, but that did not happen.

"We are not desperate but we will recover and ensure that we maintain the lead till the end of the qualifying campaign," Coach Appiah told the Graphic Sports.

He admitted that his charges were not efficient upfront, ruing the missed chances that could have seen them equalise and possibly take the lead.

"We can't afford to waste the chances we create as we did against Kenya. They came with a strategy and it worked well for them. We should have taken the chances we created. We have identified the rough edges and we will continue to smoothen them.

"Remember we are still in the team building process so we correct our mistakes as they come, but we will surely get there," he assured.

The Stars were strong favourites going into the game, but a 40th-minute own goal by Nicholas Opoku and the failure of the players to convert the chances they created, cost the Stars to drop valuable points on Match Day Two of the qualifying campaign.