Ghana coach promises to avoid DR Congo mistakes in Mali clash

Mahmoud Elassal, Monday 21 Jan 2013

Kwesi Appiah promises to avoid mistakes he made in DR Congo draw when team faces Mali on Thursday

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Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah (Photo: Reuters)

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has praised the performance of his players in their 2-2 draw with DR Congo in the African Cup of Nations on Sunday.

“It’s just unfortunate that we did not get what we were expecting. Automatically when you go into a first game, you expect to get a win, unfortunately, we could not get it today,” Appiah told the post-game press conference.

The Black Stars coach also revealed that he appreciates Kwadwo Asamoah's performance because he was very versatile, brought an extra quality to the team and scored Ghana's second goal.

“Kwadwo is a utility player, he does very well in any position you put him in,” he added.

“He defends very well and for me, he did very well at the back.

“His being at the back was no problem. But in the second half, I decided to bring him up front to increase the attack,” the coach said.

Appiah promised to avoid the mistakes he made against DR Congo which saw them draw despite taking the lead through Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu in the first half and Kwadwo Asamoh’s second half with a header.

“I have learnt a lot of lessons from it and you know normally when you are leading by two goals you have to go all out, you don’t need to relax along the line,” Appiah said.

“I believe there was some small tactical indiscipline which we will try to address.”

Ghana are scheduled to face Mali, who defeated Niger 1-0 on Sunday, in their second match at the CAN 2013 on Thursday.

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