Former Black Stars player Stephen Appiah says African teams lack concentration when playing matches in the World Cup.
Speaking in an interview with Pink FM’s reporter William Omari at Marriout Hotel during the Ghana Football Awards, the former midfielder said, “in terms of discipline we are not up there and I think that we have to concentrate because the game is 90 minutes. We have to concentrate, 90 minutes, to the end of the game. So I think that’s what we are lacking”.
Stephen Appiah also stressed on the fact that African teams are shy and ashamed of delaying time on the field of play to get the points they deserve.
“When you get to a point, is not…You don’t have to feel shy to delay time, you know 86th minute when Argentina played against Nigeria, I was expecting, because Nigeria they needed only one point. So you have to delay time I mean, to get your point and go through the stage”, the former Black Stars captain added.
The former Juventus and Fenerbache ace footballer said clear problems in the technical aspects of the game contributes to the African teams’ poor performance at the World Cup.
“We are lacking in some technical aspects. Africa’s best performance since debuting at the World Cup in 1934 remains quarter final berths by Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana in 1990, 2002 and 2010 respectively”.
Appiah has played twice at the World Cup with the Black Stars of Ghana. He played in the 2006 and 2010 World Cup.
Story: Beatrice Ehwieda/pinkfmonlinegh.com