Black Stars head coach, Kwesi Appiah, has underlined the usefulness of Sunday’s pre-AFCON friendly with Namibia to the team.
Ghana lost the game 1-0 thanks to a first-half goal from Namibia’s Manfred Starke.
Some fans have expressed concerns that the team will have challenges in the tournament if the Stars cannot beat Namibia but Kwesi Appiah believes that the result is not disastrous.
Rather, he perceives the tie as one that is a point of learning for the entire team.
“Namibia are not minnows and I believe that in modern football, every country has developed. Namibia had one chance and they took that. We had a lot of those but we could not score.
But on the game, we went out to win even though we have given the players a lot of intensive training work and there was a lot of heaviness in their legs.
The bottom line is that we have to get our final 23 for the tournament so I had to allow other players to feature to ensure that I make the right decisions.
However, we have to look at the essence of the match. We looked at the shape of the team to help us see where the lapses and loopholes are before we go to Egypt.”
Ghana’s opening game is on June 25 and the Black Stars face Guinea-Bissau.