Ghana would’ve beaten Portugal in 2014 if bonuses were paid early

The former head coach of the Black Stars has claimed that Ghana would’ve beaten Portugal to qualify for the round of 16 at the 2014 world cup in Germany, had officials acted well.

James Kwasi Appiah, who presided over Ghana’s worst world cup campaign as no come out to reveal some of the things that went wrong in the Stars’ campaign, sayig Ghana would’ve beaten Portugal if bonuses were paid early.

Speaking to Citi TV’s Godfred Akoto Boafo on their program “face to face”, the former black stars coach spoke of how the inconsitencies  from the officials ruined Ghana’s campaign at the world cup.

“It started in Holland. The players had a meeting with management requesting their money and were told that it would be given to them in the USA. The players got to the US but the money was not given to them,” Kwesi Appiah said.

“They had another meeting with the Minister [of Sports] and were told that by the time they arrived in Brazil it would be there but it never arrived, not even before our first game against the USA. The players felt they were being treated like kids. You can’t say one thing to them and the next day you say something different, Appiah continued.”

The issue ultimately resulted in the Black Stars boycotting training which led to a lack of preparation for the tie against a Cristiano Ronaldo led Portugal.

It got to a stage where the players said it was becoming too much and they needed to put their foot down and that’s how come they refused to train before the Portugal game.”

“If before the Portugal game, things had been done earlier and the players were focused and psychologically prepared for the game, automatically, we would have earned something. But a team cannot go on or be successful when there are issues to be solved.”

The Black Stars eventually lost 2:1 to Portugal and were kicked out of the world cup,finishing the tournament bottom of the table.


Written by Eli Avot

Eli is a determined young man driven by his will to succeed and his passion for sports. Writer, presenter, pundit.

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