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Appiah: Would have preferred to face Ivory Coast

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah would 'prefer' to face Nations Cup favourites Ivory Coast on Saturday.

Posted: 30 January 2013 Time: 1:44 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.

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??
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