Former Black Stars head coach, Kwesi Appiah has opened up about the team's failure to beat Portugal at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
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According to Appiah, the Black Stars could have reigned supreme over Portugal if bonuses were paid on time.
In the said game, Ghana lost 2-1 courtesy Cristiano Ronaldo's late winner.
The Black Stars campaign at the Mundial in the South American country brought shame to the country rather than joy because the players refused to train on the eve of their crucial final group game against Portugal.
With the Black Stars having lost one and drawn one of their first two games of the tournament, a win over Portugal was required if they would stand any chance of qualifying.
“It started in Holland. The players had a meeting with management requesting their money and were told that it would be given to them in the USA. The players got to the US but the money was not given to them,” Appiah told Citi TV.
“They had another meeting with the Minister [of Sports] and were told that by the time they arrived in Brazil it would be there but it never arrived, not even before our first game against the USA. The players felt they were being treated like kids. You can’t say one thing to them and the next day you say something different.”
Appiah added that feeling disrespected, the players felt that the only way they could force their handlers to ensure their bonuses were paid was to refuse to train.
This protracted dispute over the payments was a major factor in the Black Stars’ loss to Portugal, Appiah believes.
“It got to a stage where the players said it was becoming too much and they needed to put their foot down and that’s how come they refused to train before the Portugal game."
“If before the Portugal game, things had been done earlier and the players were focused and psychologically prepared for the game, automatically, we would have earned something. But a team cannot go on or be successful when there are issues to be solved.”
Meanwhile, Appiah has surprised football lovers with his all-time Black Stars best XI. The list was released by Appiah after he launched his own book.
Appiah explained why he chose Asamoah Gyan ahead of Tony Yeboah when it comes to the striking role.
The former coach noted that the choice of players for his best XI was based on players he watched, played with and coached.
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