Ghana Coach, Kwesi Appiah insists the Black Stars will churn out a better performance when they play Mali in a must -win Group B game in Port Elizabeth today.
The Black Stars face an early exit at the biannual gathering unless they can pluck all three points off Mali, leaders of Group B in the game billed for the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Appiah, leading the Stars for the first time as head coach told GNA Sports ï¿½you will see a different Ghana against Mali. We have psyched up the players, though we know it is not going to be easy, they (players) are willing to give off their bestï¿½.
The Coach understands the importance of winning against Mali, in their quest to keep their dream of ending Ghana's fifth Nations Cup glory, insisting ï¿½we will go into the game and give off our best performance yet.'ï¿½
On the Mali team, he said: ï¿½They (Mali) have got a good team. We played them twice at the last competition in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. So far, they are one of the three countries with a win.
ï¿½We saw Mali against Niger, though we cannot depend on that 100-per cent, we have to map out our own plan going into the game. We will go out there and give off our best.ï¿½
Quizzed on whether he plans to shift midfielder, Kwadwo Asamoah from his current left back position back to midfield, Appiah stayed coy on his real intent.
ï¿½I have always said Asamoah is a utility player. It is not easy to have such quality in a team. The nature of opposition will determine his usage.ï¿½
Ghana relinquished a 2-0 lead to tie their Group B opener with Democratic Republic of Congo last Sunday to pick only a point from a possible three.
Source: (By Veronica Commey, GNA Special Correspondent in Port Elizabeth, courtesy Ministry of Youth and Sports)
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