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Appiah: Players' ambition can lead to a memorable World Cup

8 years ago

For Kwesi Appiah, the quest for fame and fortune amongst his squad could spur Ghana on to achieve a memorable World Cup in Brazil.

After weeks of preparation, Ghana finally touched down in Maceio, Wednesday night for their third-straight appearance at the finals.

With a quarter-final finish in 2010, the furthest by the Black Stars since making their tournament debut in 2006, lots expect Appiah's side to match their previous performance amid a tough Group G which includes Germany, Portugal and opening day opponents, the US.

In Appiah's squad are 15 World Cup debutants with the exception of captain Asamoah Gyan and Sulley Muntari - both making their third-straight final - while Jonathan Mensah, Samuel Inkoom, Michael Essien, Kwadwo Asamoah, Andre Ayew and Kevin-Prince Boateng all prepare for their second appearance.

"In the team now is a mixture of experience and youth," Appiah told

"I always believe that there's always a first time."

As Appiah awaits the start of the World Cup, he believes the players can shoulder the expectation by using their personal ambitions as their only source of motivation.

"And the crop of players that we have at the moment are all playing high level football.

"They [new players] want to make a name and the experienced players want to leave a mark. It's a very good mixture," said the Ghana coach.