Kwesi Appiah, Black Stars coach
Coach of the Black Stars, Kwesi Appiah has brushed aside worries about his team’s inability to train on the pitch at the Mbombela Stadium before Wednesday’s semi-final tie against Burkina Faso.
The Black Stars will not be allowed to train on the pitch at the Mbombela Stadium before the start of the match but will be allowed to walk on the playing surface.
Appiah said, “I normally do not believe in the idea that says that ‘this is a good pitch or a bad pitch’. You are going to play against another team on the same pitch and it does not matter if they [Burkina Faso] have played more on the pitch.”
“The most important thing is to be psyched up properly. We have got no choices and we must go and compete no matter the condition of the pitch.”
The Mbombela pitch has come under a lot of criticism for its unfavourable nature and teams like Togo have expressed their displeasure at ground.
Ghana will play Burkina Faso on Wednesday for a place in Sunday’s final and a chance to win its first Nations Cup in 31 years.