Carling Cup 2014

Appiah: Back home pitches are much worse

Posted: 6 February 2013 Time: 01:29 pm

Should Ghana fail to beat Burkina Faso in their Africa Cup of Nations semi-final this evening, the state of the Mbombela Stadium pitch will not be blamed, says Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah.

The Black Stars go in search of reaching a ninth Nations Cup final (they have won four) when they meet with Burkina Faso in Nelspruit this evening.

Much has been made of the uneven playing surface, after soil that was thrown down to counter a wet pitch that was apparently being threatened by algae.

But Appiah is not fazed by the condition of the Mbombela turf, where the Burkinabé have played all four of their games to date.

"You've got no choices, you just need to go out there and compete, whether the pitch is good or bad,” he says.

“When we get to the pitch, they're [the Ghana players] just going to walk around the pitch [to inspect the condition]. They're all professionals and back home, they'll go to pitches that are much, much worse.”

Appiah knows that his side are in for a real battle, despite their superior standing in world football to that of The Stallions.

"When it comes to West Africa, our style of play, our mentality is somehow almost the same. At this level, it takes the little things to be able to be successful,” he explains.

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Article by: Anthony McLennan

Previous comments on this story...

Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 01:35 pm
I am glad Togo is out!!! that Adabayor is irritating now that he plays overseas he thinks he is a better African.
Cosa Nostra (5Families)
posted: 01:40 pm
@Champ "Superbrand"posted: 01:35 pm | Report I am glad Togo is out!!! that Adabayor is irritating now that he plays overseas he thinks he is a better African.

He thinks he is a white african
khosi&rising 4 life
posted: 01:44 pm
Well said coach unlike some players who blamed the pitch as if it was the first time in their lives playing on a pitch like that. BF played all their games there... i see trouble tonite unless Ghana do something spectacular. BF is my team of the tournament so far.
Nuu
posted: 01:44 pm
That Adabayor likes to play big, he stopped his teammates from taking a commercial airline, promising to chat private jet instead. Kuphi la, ike yafika no, they were stuck at the hotel. This reminds me of some team who have been promising to build own stadium for 15 years now...the municipality should simply take that land back and build houses instead.
Iscefe esimnandi
posted: 01:46 pm
mxm just because Appiah has just said what you want to hear.Ja nhe some people will always be fans of mediocrity.There was nothing wrong with Adebayor compalining about the pitch.For a tournament of such magnitude high standrds were expected .Adebayor was right.
galaza
posted: 01:51 pm
We know we are good and we prepare ourselves everythime there's an event in Mzansi, people like Adebayor should be the least of our problems. Let him go back to his Europe while he still can, hopefully he doesn't comeback to PSL when his prime time ends that side.
@Bongz
posted: 01:54 pm
spoken like a true champion......
pitch can be like that at times.....look at Old trafford in the past few games and goodison park....they r in bad state....and the is where that togo player plays
Mr T Wa Champ
posted: 01:57 pm
Good to hear that coach not that clown from Togo
KOIYOKO
posted: 02:01 pm
SAFA made a blunder by taking the game to Mbombela but players need to be able to play on any surface. In England you will never hear players complining about heavy snow on the field of play. Not even Adebayor complains about that but he has the nerve to complain about sand. That's pathetic !
mthistar123
posted: 02:08 pm
That Togo Captain makes as if he started playing football on the grass. But S.A.F.A should check facilities properly before signing agreements with municipalities. That Mbobela pitch is bad and they should do something.
Tico MP
posted: 02:14 pm
tru africanism from you ghanaian
tame
posted: 02:19 pm
Well said,we are true champions,
We will play according to the song on the field,
@Bongz
posted: 02:28 pm
this AFCON must just end....can't wait to watch Galaxy...The lion king Jali, Lucky Phinda Mzala Legwathi, ACEEEE, Mtatazela Klate, The Hulk Mbesuma....the list is endless
Thobzin
posted: 02:29 pm
Kodwa bafwethu the fact is the pitch in Mbombela is a disgrace, lets not try and justify it based on Adebayor's attitude and uncalled for comments
Dooba [Glory Deferred]
posted: 02:33 pm
Now this Guy has not reached semis by luck like Nigeria (ala penalties); a good coach knows that the pitch is but one out of many factors that can take the game, even the low altitude in Mbombela can be a decicive factor for the game since the Stallions have adapted to the conditions there... so big up to Mr Appiah for being an African, most of all for being Human.. unlike that crap of a person called Adecowyor!
Thobzin
posted: 02:35 pm
Kodwa bafwethu the fact is the pitch in Mbombela is a disgrace, lets not try and justify it based on Adebayor's attitude and uncalled for comments
Dooba [Glory Deferred]
posted: 02:37 pm
Thobzin:

Kodwa bafwethu the fact is the pitch in Mbombela is a disgrace, lets not try and justify it based on Adebayor's attitude and uncalled for comments
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The only disgrace here is the people who failed to adhere to their project management plans; any planning of the event has some sort of risk assessment and projections, so CAF and LOC are the disgrace here, not the pitch!
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 02:37 pm
Ghana is my favourite team to win Afcon..!
Shapa BaGhana BaGhana..!!
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 02:41 pm
BOSSO ke BUCS posted: 02:28 pm | Report

this AFCON must just end....can't wait to watch Galaxy...The lion king Jali, Lucky Phinda Mzala Legwathi, ACEEEE, Mtatazela Klate, The Hulk Mbesuma....the list is endless
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Only 7 days to go, Bosso..!
@Bongz
posted: 02:44 pm
Thobzin

posted: 02:35 pm | Report

Kodwa bafwethu the fact is the pitch in Mbombela is a disgrace, lets not try and justify it based on Adebayor's attitude and uncalled for comments
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you are a disgrace nawe......if the pitch was in a disgraceful condition, no play would take place, insepctions are done before every game.....and Mbombela has passed all the test ...granted its not in the condition would would like but it is playable
@Bongz
posted: 02:54 pm
ChampTrebleManiacMopheme

posted: 02:41 pm | Report

BOSSO ke BUCS posted: 02:28 pm | Report

this AFCON must just end....can't wait to watch Galaxy...The lion king Jali, Lucky Phinda Mzala Legwathi, ACEEEE, Mtatazela Klate, The Hulk Mbesuma....the list is endless
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Only 7 days to go, Bosso..!
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can't wait champ we will be watching real diski with skill from Orlando......while other will still be stuck with tap ins
Thobzin
posted: 03:07 pm
BOSSO ke BUCSposted: 02:44 pm | Report
Thobzin

posted: 02:35 pm | Report

Kodwa bafwethu the fact is the pitch in Mbombela is a disgrace, lets not try and justify it based on Adebayor's attitude and uncalled for comments
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you are a disgrace nawe......if the pitch was in a disgraceful condition, no play would take place, insepctions are done before every game.....and Mbombela has passed all the test ...granted its not in the condition would would like but it is playable
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According to your big or small eyes, is Mbombela pitch in good condition??? That is why you only date ugly girls, u stupid moron, typical 5 skipers supporter with no brains
@Bongz
posted: 03:19 pm
Thobzin

posted: 03:07 pm | Report

BOSSO ke BUCSposted: 02:44 pm | Report
Thobzin

posted: 02:35 pm | Report

Kodwa bafwethu the fact is the pitch in Mbombela is a disgrace, lets not try and justify it based on Adebayor's attitude and uncalled for comments
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you are a disgrace nawe......if the pitch was in a disgraceful condition, no play would take place, insepctions are done before every game.....and Mbombela has passed all the test ...granted its not in the condition we would like but it is playable
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According to your big or small eyes, is Mbombela pitch in good condition??? That is why you only date ugly girls, u stupid moron, typical 5 skipers supporter with no brains
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oh muy word where do you come from ....so you can't read english or what? di I say the pitch was in good condition????
"granted its not in the condition we would like but it is playable" that is what i wrote u fool.
Bantu education has messed you up boy.....anyway why are you all emotional............chill.............
Thobzin
posted: 03:38 pm
BOSSO ke BUCSposted: 03:19 pm | Report
Thobzin

posted: 03:07 pm | Report

BOSSO ke BUCSposted: 02:44 pm | Report
Thobzin

posted: 02:35 pm | Report

Kodwa bafwethu the fact is the pitch in Mbombela is a disgrace, lets not try and justify it based on Adebayor's attitude and uncalled for comments
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you are a disgrace nawe......if the pitch was in a disgraceful condition, no play would take place, insepctions are done before every game.....and Mbombela has passed all the test ...granted its not in the condition we would like but it is playable
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According to your big or small eyes, is Mbombela pitch in good condition??? That is why you only date ugly girls, u stupid moron, typical 5 skipers supporter with no brains
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oh muy word where do you come from ....so you can't read english or what? di I say the pitch was in good condition????
"granted its not in the condition we would like but it is playable\" that is what i wrote u fool.
Bantu education has messed you up boy.....anyway why are you all emotional............chill.............

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You cant even read and understand what you have written. I rest my case! for your information, i am a qualified Chartered Accountant and completed my MBA last year. I matriculated @ Alexandra High in PMB *big smile* ungazokhuluma izinto ongazazi bhuti
Nuu
posted: 03:48 pm
Thobzinposted: 03:38 pm | Report BOSSO ke BUCSposted: 03:19 pm | Report
Thobzin

posted: 03:07 pm | Report

BOSSO ke BUCSposted: 02:44 pm | Report
Thobzin

posted: 02:35 pm | Report

Kodwa bafwethu the fact is the pitch in Mbombela is a disgrace, lets not try and justify it based on Adebayor's attitude and uncalled for comments
================================
you are a disgrace nawe......if the pitch was in a disgraceful condition, no play would take place, insepctions are done before every game.....and Mbombela has passed all the test ...granted its not in the condition we would like but it is playable
=================================================
According to your big or small eyes, is Mbombela pitch in good condition??? That is why you only date ugly girls, u stupid moron, typical 5 skipers supporter with no brains
==================================================
oh muy word where do you come from ....so you can't read english or what? di I say the pitch was in good condition????
"granted its not in the condition we would like but it is playable\" that is what i wrote u fool.
Bantu education has messed you up boy.....anyway why are you all emotional............chill.............

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You cant even read and understand what you have written. I rest my case! for your information, i am a qualified Chartered Accountant and completed my MBA last year. I matriculated @ Alexandra High in PMB *big smile* ungazokhuluma izinto ongazazi bhuti
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Seems like education has not made you wiser, coz you still sound dumb
Khosi Nyce
posted: 03:50 pm
I think the Mbombela stadium should be banned after the afcon until they do something about that atrocious pitch.

'twas done @ the old Fnb, Masterpieces Moripe, Athlone, Seisa Ramabodu so they need to get their fare share and deservedly so.

What that stadium management did is treason if a different kind and for putting the country in disrepute no GRADE A matches should be hosted there for the next 6 months areas so that those morons will stop taking us for a ride.

Wether there will be snow before the Boks play there or a 3 month torrential downpour, that pitch will be tip top for rugby so bangasqheli kakbi.

Nelson Mandela Bay
Rustenburg
Moses Mabhida

The above have the best pitches in this afcon in no particular order
@Bongz
posted: 03:59 pm
@ thobzin...."Chartered Accountant and completed my MBA last year" then i am the president....LMFAO

Anyway why are you dishing out your CV ???? next thing you will be telling us what car u driving.....take a chill ntwana.....
Sir eeemzaa-walikhosi
posted: 04:08 pm
I'm also glad katongo is out
Dr.Trebble Champ!!
posted: 04:11 pm
I luv ur attitude Mr Coach
Vez'ikhanda
posted: 04:28 pm
@Anonymous...... Uyanya wena with ur Adebayor.....u two talk kak abwt da Mbombela stadium's pitch, u two dogs (Anonymous and Uglybayor) need to understand dat dat pitch was inspected by CAF officials who knw much better dan u two zinja wen it comes to da standards which must be met by a stadium to be considered for those kind of games. So rather shut ur mouth dan to talk #### abwt Mbombela......... da same baboon is enjoying himself in nelspruit to an extent dat He considered staying der for longer dan wat He ws supposed to wit him team mates. Nxaa.
The Ghost
posted: 04:39 pm
BOSSO ke BUCS
posted: 02:54 pm | Report
ChampTrebleManiacMopheme

posted: 02:41 pm | Report

BOSSO ke BUCS posted: 02:28 pm | Report

this AFCON must just end....can't wait to watch Galaxy...The lion king Jali, Lucky Phinda Mzala Legwathi, ACEEEE, Mtatazela Klate, The Hulk Mbesuma....the list is endless
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Only 7 days to go, Bosso..!
==============================
can't wait champ we will be watching real diski with skill from Orlando......while other will still be stuck with tap ins
AND WE WILL BE CHAMPIONS OF AFRIKA AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
FrankT
posted: 05:55 pm
With an attitude like that Coach , one can safely say The Black Stars will surely give a performance to remember , good luck to you and your players
That been said one also has to admit that the Bombela pitch is an absolute kak
Commander Of The Ship Cpt. Black Beard
posted: 09:09 pm
There's nothing the Mbombela management can't control nature. Even a primary school child knows that with a change of climate plant life is also affected. It's happened to the best stadiums in the i.e San Siro, Anfield, Old Trafford. But I think putting sand on the grass was a big mistake. While we dishing out our CV's @Bosso ke Bucs i'm an astronaut lol.
Commander Of The Ship Cpt. Black Beard
posted: 10:59 pm
The pitch sucks but the refeering is much much worse. Burkina Faso was cheated. That's what you call attack attack Bance should've wrapped this game up already.
tame
posted: 11:16 pm
Burkina deserves the win
@Funky_bee ,Zambian
posted: 12:16 am
I knw Mbombela has a better pitch but the current state isn't good for football,,CAF should hav had a plan B atleast,,,its true what Apiah said,also in Zambia we got pretty poor pitches that's why we don't host AFCON....I jst hope next tym plans b will be made
@Bongz
posted: 07:42 am
zambian

posted: 12:16 am | Report

I knw Mbombela has a better pitch but the current state isn't good for football,,CAF should hav had a plan B atleast,,,its true what Apiah said,also in Zambia we got pretty poor pitches that's why we don't host AFCON....I jst hope next tym plans b will be made
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wena zambian...shut up...u have never heard us critising your pitches....and Mbombela will be luxury to you
TIMBUKTU
posted: 09:35 am
The foolishness of dis bloggers will never stop and kickoff aint doin none about it...frankly speaking,da pitch was Garbage.I mean da Euros are also played in the rainy seasons bt ul never see a pitch like that.
Thobzin
posted: 10:10 am
@ Nuu

Seems like education has not made you wiser, coz you still sound dumb
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Umona unjalo ke! I was born genius*smile*
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