Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah wary of Guinea-Bissau and Benin threats after AFCON draw

Published on: 13 April 2019




Black Stars head coach Kwesi Appiah is leaving no stone unturned as he seeks to cook up plans to navigate Ghana out of group F in the upcoming Afcon 2019.

Ghana were placed in group F alongside current champions Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau in a well decorated and colourful event at the Pyramid and Sphinx in Giza.

The ‘Indomitable Lions’ and the Black Stars are clear favourites to make it out of the group to the next stage of the competition due to their pedigree in the Cup of Nations and world football as well.

Kwesi Appiah believes there are no minnows in the competition, once they have been able to sure qualification to represent their country at the continental showpiece.

“We have the defending champions [Cameroon] in our group,” Appiah told SuperSport after the draw.

“Benin and Guinea-Bissau are all strong teams. For them to qualify, that means they’re doing very well.

“The most important thing is we need to prepare very well so that whichever team comes our way, we’ll be able to give them a very good game.”

Appiah also touched on the cessation of local football and it’s effects due to an exposé on corruption, a canker, which was eating up the foundational structure of football in the country.

“Unfortunately, because of the incident in Ghana, the [local] league was not ongoing so we had to rely mostly on our foreign players,” Appiah explained.

“As you know, the players are professionals and when it comes to their work, the concentration [provided] is what they need to give out. So I believe that it [scandal] is not going to have too much effect on us. We’ll come out with the best that we can do.”