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Sports News of Monday, 10 June 2019

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

2019 AFCON: Kwesi Appiah not surprised by Namibia defeat in pre-tournament friendly

Head coach of the Black Stars, Kwesi Appiah has revealed he was not surprised by his side's defeat to Namibia in the pre-AFCON friendly played on Sunday.

Ghana lost narrowly to the Brave Warriors at the Jaber Ali training facility in Dubai, after a Manfred Starke first half goal settled the scores.

Despite losing to the less fancied football nation ahead of the tournament in Egypt, coach Kwesi Appiah believes the result does not matter as he looks to find the best 23 players for Egypt.

"Not actually," Appiah said when asked whether he was surprised by the scoreline. "We went out there to win, even though the whole of this week we've been loading them with hard training so there was some heaviness.

"But the bottom line is to get our final 23 so I had to let some other players to player to get my final 23," he added.

The 58-year old was however dissatisfied with his side's profligacy in front of goal after wasting several opportunities and missing a penalty.

"Namibia had one chance and scored, unfortunately we created many chances but failed to score but we are looking at the essence of the game.

"We looking at the shape of the team so we can see where they are lapses and loopholes that can be corrected before we go to Egypt."