Appiah: Would have preferred to face Ivory Coast

Posted: 30 January 2013 Time: 01:44 pm

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah is so wary of the Cape Verde Islands quarterfinal threat that he has said he would 'prefer' to face Nations Cup favourites Ivory Coast on Saturday.

"I would have preferred a game against Ivory Coast than against Cape Verde because Cape Verde have nothing to lose on Saturday," Appiah told reporters in Port Elizabeth.

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"They will play without any pressure and they are a very physical side, meaning we have to prepare ourselves very well to match them," he said.

"I respect them and we cannot afford to underrate them."

The last time that Ghana played the Islanders was in November 2012 in a warm-up match where Ghana won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Wakaso Mubarak.

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Previous comments on this story...

Tico MP
posted: 01:56 pm
AYEYE
allonso
posted: 02:03 pm
i foresee cape verde upseting ghana.....
kaizer chiefs no:1 in the UK
posted: 02:03 pm
One mighty bite the dust
lubisi
posted: 02:06 pm
Mxm you avoided playing South Africa,
''Beckham''Hazard''
posted: 02:22 pm
ghana will win, i think....
twentyone guns
posted: 02:44 pm
I like the way you have humble yourself for cape Verde,

No matter what cape Verde will join Zambia and katongo after that south africa will join zambia ....

Mark my words
Dont get it twisted 21guns
Koool
posted: 02:44 pm
Ivory Coast will slay you alive baba, be careful of what you wish for, your wish will come true!!!
KC is National Defence Force
posted: 02:52 pm
Ukhuluma amasimba lo coach...Ivory Coast will give your weak team a big hiding.

Uyamazi uJevuza Gervinho?
kenkaba
posted: 02:55 pm
Thats the spirit. Not this SA cowardly attitude of celebrating when they are drawn in the same group with cabi verde, and then they fail to beat them. Or saying oh thank jah we are not facing ghana. Cowards
Leu of Kanye
posted: 03:03 pm
So this is the team that played Bafana in their first game, the team that made pple to rule bafana out, now they hav turned to be a fear factor in this competion, so this group was a group of death.
Meszculi
posted: 03:46 pm
Liar
Meszculi
posted: 03:47 pm
By winning few games you think you can beat Ivory Coast with that weak team.
Malson
posted: 04:18 pm
kenkaba you know too much about RSA,it is clear you love this country you even missed the DRC flight out checking out SA.Apparntly you came 2nd to Mbokani in a beaty contest in drc
Herbert "herbs" semenya
posted: 04:49 pm
I think kenkaba must go home....he made a mistake cos congolese left him behind....we dnt want you in our beautiful country
The Ghost
posted: 05:20 pm
Why do people lie about the obvious? Even a child can see that this man is lying through his teeth.
kenkaba
posted: 06:24 pm
Malson le herbert, le dibono tsa ntja bashana
TroyBoateng
posted: 06:46 pm
Your lil hate for mother Ghana won't change anything. Don't waste time hating when your Team is poorer.
TroyBoateng
posted: 06:47 pm
Your lil hate for mother Ghana won't change anything. Don't waste time hating when your Team is poorer. If u are wise and sensible you'll know what this Coach is saying.
Commander Of The Ship Cpt. Black Beard
posted: 09:14 pm
Let the games begin my prediction for semis South Africa vs Cote d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso vs Cabo Verde. Yes I said it Cabo Verde will wallop Ghana and surprise everyone. BB4Afcon
kenkaba
posted: 10:55 pm
Commander, the surprising bit is that u think you will beat mali. U think they are in SA on holiday??
twentyone guns
posted: 12:55 am
@commander dont mistaken cricket or rugby to football ,your banana banana is only good crickets and Mali national team is a football/soccer team not cricket,hence Mali 2 south africa 0


Ghana will beat cape Verde with a big margin make my my words @commander AIDS
twentyone guns
posted: 01:02 am
@commander dont mistaken cricket or rugby to football ,your banana banana is only good at crickets and Mali national team is a football/soccer team not cricket,hence Mali 2 south africa 0


Ghana will beat cape Verde with a big margin mark my words @commander AIDS
Anonymous
posted: 06:44 am
If South Africa dont want to meet Cote D voire in the semis , then let them support Nigeria enmass to beat Cote Dvoire.We will surely deliver, we need all South Africans to come out in numbers to support Nigeria in eliminating Cote Dvoire, i assure you we will do that for you come sunday.
eemz
posted: 07:11 am
Oh now you are happy coz u managed to avoid south africa,u want to sound like mourinho or ferguson??? These suckers wont go past cape verde and have never beaten mzansi kwi afcon games.dont wish for ivory coast thy will butter ur under performing boys.
Commander Of The Ship Cpt. Black Beard
posted: 07:23 am
Ok twentyonebums good anal-ogy of the game.
Tee@cee
posted: 07:50 am
Ghana coach is playing mind games he must be careful as he is boosting cape verde moral n confidence
Miyelani19861208
posted: 09:00 am
Playing mand games Nne Coach, "trying to get the Cabo Verdeians to be complacent and think they have already achieved therefore a loss to Ghana is not so bad" ? just be careful it does not back fire in that their mentality of having nothing to lose may just inspire them to play free and express themselves more which could then prove dangerous for your Shaky team which up to so far has only been tested by (DRC) Congo
Skhumba Touch
posted: 10:48 am
Coach trying to play mind games here, he knows deep down Ivory coast will moer Ghana and making excuses before the cape verde game. Any coach with balls of steel will boldly face any team big or small.
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