Black Stars head coach Kwesi Appiah has admitted that he has learnt a lot about his players following his outfit's 1-0 defeat against Kenya in the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier.
Ghana were stunned by a spirited Kenyan side as their beat the Black Stars 1-0 in Nairobi in the 2019 Afcon qualifiers.
The team came under intense criticism following the defeat as many expected the clash to be a walkover for the Black Stars.
“On my part, I have learnt a lot about the players. It was important to know what they can do especially the new ones and this game has shown me a lot."
“…the level I was expecting from some of them was not what they showed on the pitch.”
“I don’t play with names; I play with players who will be fit at a particular time. Kwadwo being on bench does not mean he’s not a good player but under circumstances, we had to make some players start,” The Black Stars coach said.
“When you are building a team if you don’t give others a chance to play, how do you assess them? We shouldn’t look at who can play today only, but also those who can play in 10 years,” Appiah stated.
However, the gaffer is confident his outfit will qualify to the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Cameroon next year.
“I still believe that we can qualify. Personally, I know that we will be there next year. It is an unfortunate loss, but you learn from defeat and make sure you don’t do the same mistakes next time,” said Kwasi
Ghana will seek to recover from the Nairobi setback with a home game against Sierra Leone in October.