Appiah warns Black Stars over Namibia

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The Brave Warriors were thumped 5-1 by Morocco in their opening Group A game, but Appiah has reminded his colleagues that the Black Stars have a history of slipping against so-called weaker opposition and urged them to bear that in mind as they meet this evening.

Appiah was captain of Ghana when Rwanda beat the Black Stars in Kigali to deny Ghana a place at the 2004 Nations Cup.

He was also involved when the Black Stars were beaten by Zimbabwe in Ismailia, Egypt, two years ago which resulted in them being dumped out of the 2006 Africa Nations Cup at the Group stage.

Appiah says those games should guide the Black Stars in their meeting with the Brave Warriors.

“I prefer that Ghana play countries like Ivory Coast, Nigeria or Cameroon than Namibia because with them you know what you get. You know their players, you know their style of play, and your motivation as a sportsman in those games is always naturally high”, he tells KickOffGhana.com.

“With Namibia, the guys will not know exactly what to expect. In Egypt, we were not expected to lose to Zimbabwe and ended up doing so, so there is no guarantee Namibia will be a walk-over.”

Appiah is watching the Black Stars from the touchline because of a blood clot on his knee which is expected to rule him out for the rest of the season.

The team emerged from the tunnel at the Ohene Djan Stadium wearing his number 10 and his name on their backs as they warmed up before the opening game against Guinea.

Appiah says he was impressed by the gesture.

“It was nice to see. I wanted to be here with them throughout the tournament and prove that I will stick with them through thick and thin. They showed on the pitch that in my most difficult moments, they will always remember me,” he added.