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Football | Ghana

Appiah admits to tactical indiscipline



Kwesi Appiah has laid bare his thoughts on why Ghana allowed the DR Congo to claw back a 2-2 draw in Port Elizabeth in a thrilling opening day of Group B in the African Cup.

Goals from Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu and Kwadwo Asamoah, both against the run of play, looked like sealing the three points for the Black Stars, but a concentrated DR Congolese side made sure it ended a point apiece.

"I knew playing DR Congo would not be easy, but it was unfortunate that we did not win our first game," the Ghana coach said after the game.

He then went on to say that the tactics were not thorough on the day. "We relaxed after taking a two-goal lead and allowed some tactical indiscipline to creep into our play, which must be corrected before facing Mali."

Kwadwo Asamoah conundrum

Key among the decisions he took before kickoff was the placement of Kwadwo Asamoah, who played almost the whole game at left back.

The player is employed, to outstanding effect, as a left wing back for Juventus and his new role for the national team saw the Leopards constantly exploit his shakiness.

Within 25 minutes, a combination of Tresor Mputu Mabi, Kabangu and Dieumerci Mbokani had whizzed past the Juve player to create nervy moments for Ghana. Of note was a close shave for Ghana, after fantastic buildup by the Congolese down the left saw Mputu pull out to Lomana LuaLua, who smashed the ball onto the bar.

Claude LeRoy felt his side should have won, saying Ghana's 2-0 lead was "unfair", since DRC were dominant by that time.

Going forward

Now that Appiah himself has identified the problems with his team, the next step is to work on them. "We were trying to create more opportunities, and scoring opportunities which in actual fact, we did," he said.

"But under normal circumstances, whiles attacking, you are suppose to defend very well. There are some bits and pieces we need to put together in our next game."

Ghana next plays Mali on Thursday, after the Eagles won 1-0 against Niger to top the group.

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