Appiah: Back home pitches are much worse
Ghana coach Appiah says Mbombela pitch not too bad for Afcon semi-final
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
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