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Kwesi Appiah Warns against Complacency Ahead of Kenya Test

Ghana national team coachKwesi Appiah has warned his team about facing Kenya in the upcoming African Cup of Nations qualifying match. Even though Ghana are unbeaten in the last six matches, they enter into the match against Kenya quite nervous about the upcoming qualification campaign. Ghana are placed in the same group as Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, and Kenya.

Despite being the strong favourites for progressing into the tournament, and heavily tipped by, there is a danger of Ghana being complacent and dropping into the second place – which forces teams to go through a second qualification round.

The reason for concern is due to Ghana’s return of just two victories in more than 12 months of football. The wins over struggling Congo and Japan are the only joy for Ghana since they picked up a 5-0 victory over Ethiopia in the last Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. However, the massive win over Ethiopia provides a huge advantage in terms of goal difference, but travelling to Kenya does bring its own set of challenges. This will be the only competitive match for Ghana in the month of September. They take on Sierra Leone in a two-legged game in October before returning to face Ethiopia in the last match of 2018.

Appiah says that the Kenyans will be motivated after losing against Sierra Leone in the first group match.“I’ve watched some videos of them. This current game, they’ve invited some foreign players. Normally I don’t depend totally on what I’ve seen because tactically they could change their style of play and some players. The most important thing is that we prepare very well so that whoever comes we will be able to face them. We’re planning tactically very well so that any game plan they bring on, we will be able to face them. We are preparing ourselves very well to go out there and try to get a win, it is not going to be easy,” said Appiah.