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Friendlies against Mexico and USA were useful exercises – Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah


Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says friendlies against Mexico and USA have given him fair idea about some fringe players that have what it takes to break into the senior national team, the Black Stars.

He said the games against the two North American sides were good tests and useful exercises in his team building efforts.

“Many of them have proven that if we give them the chance, they can play for the Black Stars and they did that by playing well in my first three games – against Ethiopia, Mexico and USA.

“The games against Mexico and USA have helped me because I couldn’t have used only the Ethiopia game to judge my players”, the Black Stars coach noted after the two games.

He said apart from the fact that John Boye and Asamoah Gyan were the only regular players who travelled with the team, difficult traveling arrangements and weather also destructed the team’s preparations before the game against USA.

But for him, the unavailability of many regular players was a blessing in disguise.

“These exercises gave other players the needed opportunity to justify their inclusion into the Black Stars. I have fair idea about five to seven players that I think we can add up to what we have”.

He was of the view that a national team should always have good backups for every position.

“In a national team, we shouldn’t rely on a single player. I always believe that we have so many good players out there and it is about time we gave more players the opportunity and if they come and they are good, we add them to the team as backups for the regular players.

“A strong team is a team that has a strong bench so when we add some other good players to the regular once, it will help us build a strong national team”, he concluded.
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