Black Stars motivated to win against Uganda

9 years ago

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says his players have shown their commitment to return to winning ways as they prepare to face Uganda in a 2015 Africa Nations Cup qualifier on Saturday, their first game since exiting the World Cup in the first round.

It's been over two months since the Black Stars won a game after only picking a point off eventual World Cup winners Germany back in June. Ghana's last victory came in a friendly over South Korea before they endured a frustrating World Cup campaign which ended in the group stages.

Appiah's group are back in action this weekend against the Cranes, which kicks off at 16:00GMT [4:00pm local time] and later next week in Togo in the continental qualifiers.

Despite the backlash from fans and the media, he insists there will be plenty of motivation as they attempt to win back the confidence of the nation.

"We drew their attention to some of the things which were negative during the World Cup.

"We made them aware of how important this two games [Uganda and Togo] are for them and also for the nation.

"They expressed their views and also spoke about how prepared they are to sacrifice for the nation. For me, it's a really good starting point," Appiah said on Wednesday ahead of the Group E game at the Baba Yara Stadium.

With all his called up players on hand for the double fixture, Appiah expects the fans to rally behind them as they begin a fresh start.

"I urge all Ghanaians to just try and put the World Cup issues behind us, put our energies, support and prayers behind the national team, it's about Ghana," he said.

"Whenever we are out there, we represent the whole nation. We should be looking at Ghana and see how best we can all give our support. We hope to make Ghana proud.

"I believe once the support is there, the players will also be able to give off their best to erase whatever happened during the World Cup."