Former Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has revealed that the Black Stars’ defeat to Portugal at the World Cup in 2014 was because of lack of concentration.
According to the ex-Ghana defender, the players had their minds on the money they received before the match which was in their bags while they were on the pitch.
Ahead the game, players of the Black Stars nearly boycotted the match because their appearance fees was not settled forcing government to airlift $4 million.
Ghana ended up losing 2-1 and exited the tournament at the group stages.
“In the 2014 World Cup against Portugal, the Black Stars players had their money in their bags in the dressing room and were not concentrating on the game,” Kwesi Appiah told Starr FM.
The Black Stars have drawn Portugal again at the World Cup, and will face the European giants in their opening game at Qatar before matches against South Korea and Uruguay in Group H.
Ghana, the four-time African champions will be making their fourth appearance at the Mundial after participating in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 editions.
The West African giants returned to the World Cup on Tuesday after eliminating regional rivals Nigeria, advancing on away goal advantage.
Due to Qatar’s intense summer heat, this World Cup will be held from late-November to mid-December, making it the first tournament not to be held in May, June, or July; it is to be played in a reduced timeframe of around 28 days.
It is scheduled to take place in Qatar from 21 November to 18 December 2022 across five cities.