Kwesi Appiah praises Black Stars’ character in Togo win

Thursday 11th September , 2014 4:02 pm

Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah has heaped praise on his players for their in picking up all three points against the Sparrow Hawks of Togo in their second game of the African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Black Stars, who were dumped out of the World Cup in the group stages, have been under constant siege from supporters who have not held back from letting the players know exactly what they thought of their performances and issues that surrounded the team during the tournament.

The Black Stars went down to an early goal from Floyd Ayite but responded through captain Asamoah Gyan who headed the team level after connecting a cross from Kwadwo Asamoah.

The game stayed level at 2-2 till Everton winger Christian Atsu run onto a loose ball late in the game which he hit hard and low beyond the reach of Togolese goalkeeper Kossi Agassa.

According to Kwesi Appiah the past few days have been difficult for him and his backroom staff but believes the players have shown grit to be able to come out with a win.

“It’s not been easy after the world cup,you play your first game at home and you get a draw there is a lot of pressure on the technical team and the players.

“When we were coming out here we had in mind that Togo have a very good team and on top of it playing under pressure makes the situation difficult but these players are professionals an they know how to deal with these situations and I am really pleased with their performance.

“They played as team and made sure we ended with a victory,” Appiah said after the match.

Benjamin Nketsia/Citifmonline.com/Ghana